New Orleans area police briefs for Nov. 13, 2012

NOPD searches for Central City rapist

New Orleans — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man they say tried to rape one woman and raped another woman Sunday in Central City.

The first victim told police the rapist “coerced” her behind an abandoned home in the 2200 block of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard about 9:45 p.m. and tried to sexually assault her. The woman told police she fought the man and escaped.

The man then approached the second victim at 11:30 p.m. and told her that the first victim was waiting for her behind an abandoned home in the 2100 block of O.C. Haley. When the woman followed the man behind the home, he sexually assaulted her, then ran away.

Police believe the man is homeless and stays under the Interstate 10 overpass at O.C. Haley Boulevard and Calliope Street.

Police described the man as a black male, about 40 years old and 6 feet tall with a slim build. The man wore dark or black jeans and a red and black Polo-style shirt.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Special Victims Section Detective Vernon Haynes at (504) 658-5521 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Harvey man ID’d as N.O. fatality victim

New Orleans — The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died Saturday morning when his pickup struck a tree at the base off an interstate on-ramp in Treme.

Sidney Marcellous, 56, of Harvey, died from head and internal injuries following the 7 a.m. crash, said John Gagliano, the coroner’s chief investigator.

Police found Marcellous’ pickup smashed into a tree at the foot of the Orleans Avenue on-ramp and found Marcellous underneath the truck. Marcellous was dead on the scene.

Additional details about the crash have not been released, and the incident remains under investigation.

Fatality Investigator Richard Blackman III is in charge of the case.

Metairie woman killed crossing street

Metairie — A 77-year-old Metairie woman died at Interim LSU Public Hospital on Friday after she was struck by an SUV while crossing Veterans Boulevard, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Jean Meyers was walking across the 1100 block of Veterans about 10:30 a.m. when a 2008 Ford Explorer hit her, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s office spokesman. Paramedics rushed Meyers to the hospital, where she later died.

Deputies booked the driver, Christopher Peneguy, 26, of New Orleans with careless operation of a motor vehicle after he told investigators he did not see Meyers in the crosswalk.

Cyclists struck, robbed at gunpoint

New Orleans — Police are investigating two armed robberies that occurred after a vehicle hit the victims while they rode their bicycles.

The first robbery happened while a man rode his bike through Uptown on Friday afternoon.

Police said the victim was riding near Chestnut and Gen. Taylor streets about 4 p.m. when an unknown vehicle hit him.

A woman got out of the car, pointed a gun at the victim’s head and demanded his property. The male driver got out of the car and rummaged through the victim’s pockets and took his wallet, $40 and a cellphone.

A man who rode his bicycle through Treme late Saturday was robbed in a similar way.

Police said a car “tapped” the victim about 9:45 p.m. Saturday as he pedaled through the 1900 block of Dumaine Street.

A female passenger got out of the car and put a gun to the man’s head while another woman got out of the car and patted down the victim.

The women fled with the victim’s cellphone and wallet.

Police have not said if they believe the two robberies are related.

Police did not provide a description of the robbers in either case.

Man stabbed in neck during bar fight

New Orleans — A man was stabbed in the neck early Saturday during a fight at a bar in Broadmoor, police said.

The victim got into a fight with the stabber about 12:45 a.m. at the bar in the 3100 block of Calhoun Street. During the fight, he was stabbed to the neck. He was in stable condition at a local hospital, police said.

Mid-City pedestrian robbed at gunpoint

A man who was walking in Mid-City early Saturday was robbed at gunpoint while he made his was through the neighborhood.

Police said the robber approached the victim about 8:40 a.m. near the corner of Gravier and South Rocheblave streets and pulled out a gun. The robber demanded the victim’s wallet, cellphone and cigarettes.

He fled the scene in a black Chevrolet Malibu after the robbery. Police did not provide a description of the robber.

Man held in fight over stolen game

New Orleans — A man stabbed his cousin in the back after arguing about a stolen video game, police said.

The cousins got into a fight about the game inside a home in the 3000 block of Audubon Street about 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

The perpetrator left the house and came back about 10 minutes later armed with a knife. He stabbed the victim in the back three times and once in the shoulder.

Man stabbed during Canal Street fight

A man was stabbed multiple times during a fight on Canal Street early Sunday morning, police said.

The victim told police he and his friends were crossing the street in the 800 block about 2:15 a.m. when two men approached the group and began to fight.

One of the attackers pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the left side of his neck, in the middle of his chest, in his right shoulder and in the left shoulder blade, police said.

The victim was in stable condition at Tulane University Hospital.

Police did not a provide a motive for the fight or descriptions of the attackers.

Man robbed
of backpack

New Orleans — A man was robbed of his backpack as he walked to his car early Sunday in the Marigny.

Police said the victim told them he was headed to his car about 3 a.m. when two people in a vehicle that was parked in the 2200 block of Decatur Street got out and pulled guns.

The victim handed the men his wallet and backpack, at which point they got back into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Police did not provide a description of the robbers.

John Ehret student accused in stabbing

Marrero — The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday arrested a 17-year-old John Ehret High School student who allegedly stabbed another student with a pair of scissors during a fight on the campus.

Deputies booked Ayesha Majeer on counts of aggravated battery and illegal carrying of a concealed weapon after the incident, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Fortunato said Majeer was in a fight with two other students about 7:14 a.m., during which time one of the students was stabbed.

The victim, whose name and age were not released, was brought to Interim LSU Public Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition. Her injuries are not life-threatening, Fortunato said.

An investigation found the fight was among Majeer, the stabbing victim and a 15-year-old boy, all of whom are students at the West Bank school. Majeer told deputies she has had an ongoing feud with the victim about a friend.

Majeer said the victim approached her outside of the cafeteria and began to argue with her, at which point Majeer said she grabbed a pair of scissors from her backpack and stabbed the victim.

Majeer was booked into the Jefferson Parish Corrections Center.

Eastern N.O. woman robbed in driveway

New Orleans — A woman who sat in her car in eastern New Orleans early Sunday was robbed at gunpoint, police said.

The robbery happened about 4:20 a.m. in the 8000 block of Driftwood Drive, police said.

The woman told police she was sitting in the passenger seat of her car, which was parked in her driveway, when a man walked up, put a gun to her head and demanded her money.

The robber ran away after the victim handed him her cash, police said. They did not provide a description of the robber.

Two men booked
in east N.O. robbery

New Orleans police arrested two men who allegedly attacked and robbed a man at gunpoint at an eastern New Orleans gas station Sunday evening.

Police said Nitka Rush, 22, and Carlos Benton, 30, and a third man, who was not identified, walked up to the victim about 6:45 p.m. at a Shell station at Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road and asked for money.

One of the men hit the victim in the face with a handgun while the others stole his license plate, police said. The men ran away from the scene, but police later located them, during which time the victim identified them as his attackers.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau