New Orleans area police briefs for Nov. 28, 2012

Third escapee caught hiding in prison

New Orleans — Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday found the last of three inmates who escaped Sunday night from temporary tent housing at the parish prison complex.

With the help of a canine unit, deputies found Michael Washington, 51, at about 2:45 p.m. in the upper levels of the Orleans Parish Prison inmate housing and intake and processing facility under construction next to the tents in which he was housed.

In a prepared statement, Sheriff Marlin Gusman said Washington was injured during his escape attempt and lost contact with Reginald Batiste and Domonique Battle, who broke out of their tent by cutting a hole in its side. Deputies found Batiste and Battle on Monday afternoon.

Washington was booked with one count of simple escape after deputies found him Tuesday. He was originally booked Jan. 11 on charges of possession of crack cocaine and a municipal attachment.

Shooting kills man, wounds another

Marrero — The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded Monday evening.

Deputies responded to a call of gunfire in the 2000 block of Lincolnshire Drive about 5:45 p.m. and found Robert Curtis Jr., 29, and Alton Perry, 44, on the ground, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Paramedics pronounced Curtis dead on the scene. Perry was in critical condition at Interim LSU Public Hospital.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact homicide Detective Rhonda Goff at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police arrest suspect in student’s slaying

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans police have charged a second suspect in the September slaying of an 18-year-old college freshman.

New Orleans police said in a news release that Myron Jackson, 26, was arrested Monday. He is suspected along with another man of shooting into the bedroom window of a home on Sept. 30.

Marguerite Washington was killed in the shooting. Her boyfriend, 19-year-old Justin Alexander, was wounded.

Police had already charged Jeffery Washington, 21, with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Jackson faces the same charges. It was unclear whether Jackson has an attorney.

Police said the shooting occurred while the victims were asleep.

Burglar forces way into home of woman

New Orleans — A man who posed as a government contractor forced his way into an Algiers home during a burglary attempt, police said.

The burglar approached the victim’s home in the 3400 block of Casa Calvo Street about 11:50 a.m. Monday and knocked on the door, telling the victim he needed to survey fallen trees.

After the burglar spoke to the victim, she allowed him to go to the back of the house by using the driveway. At that point the victim opened a side door, the burglar forced his way inside and locked the victim in her bedroom.

The burglar rummaged through the victim’s belongings but found nothing and ran away.

Police did not provide a description of the man.

Police arrest woman in stabbing of man

New Orleans — A 6th Ward woman was arrested early Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend several times after he told her he was leaving her.

Police said Latasha Clay, 37, and her 52-year-old boyfriend began to argue about money about 3:30 a.m.

The boyfriend told Clay he was going to leave their home in the 2300 block of Magic Street and tried to get his clothes, at which point Clay allegedly stabbed him several times.

Police did not provide any information on the boyfriend’s condition.

Police investigating pair of robberies

New Orleans — Police are investigating separate armed robberies that happened late Monday and early Tuesday in Uptown and Mid-City.

The Uptown robbery happened about 10:15 p.m. in the 7500 block of Freret Street.

A 22-year-old man was riding his bicycle in the area when three men approached him.

One of the men struck the victim in the face with a handgun and took his backpack. The three men then ran away.

The second robbery happened about 2:15 a.m. in the 300 block of South Cortez Street in Mid-City.

Police said the victim, a 26-year-old man, was getting out of his car in front of his home when two unknown armed men walked up to him and demanded his money.

The man handed over his cash, and the robbers ran away.

Police did not provide descriptions of any of the robbers.

Three shootings leave five wounded

New Orleans — A burst of gun violence Monday night sent five people to the hospital from three locations.

The first shooting was reported about 7 p.m. in the 2300 block of St. Andrew Street.

Police said the victims, a 21-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, were standing in the area when an unknown vehicle pulled up and someone inside began to shoot.

Police did not provide a condition for the victims.

About 8:20 p.m., police were called to Annunciation Street and Washington Avenue after a call of a similar shooting.

A 21-year-old man and a 31-year-old man were hit when a car approached and someone inside opened fire.

The 21-year-old was shot in the head and chest and was in critical condition at Interim LSU Public Hospital. The 31-year-old was shot in the left leg. His injury was nonlife-threatening.

Police could not say if the shootings were related.

The third shooting happened six minutes later in the 2000 block of Second Street, where a man was shot in the hand. Police did not provide his age or any other details.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau