Police briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 5

Police ID suspect in
stabbing of boy, 16

New Orleans police released the name of a teenager who authorities said was caught on camera stabbing a 16-year-old boy at a local park.

Police said Darnell Lyons, 18, is wanted for aggravated battery after he stabbed the victim in the chest after first using a stun gun on him Sunday afternoon at Pontchartrain Park. Police said Lyons fought with the victim before the stabbing.

The victim was in critical condition after the incident, and police released a video of the incident on Sunday.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111, and there is a possible $2,500 reward.

Robbery suspect slips out of handcuffs

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for an armed robbery suspect who managed to escape the agency’s detective bureau despite being handcuffed to the floor.

Harry Mitchell, 24, is wanted for armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and simple escape after fleeing Tuesday, police said.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman, said police believe Mitchell robbed a man of his wallet and wireless phone in the 2300 block of Alex Kornman Drive in Harvey around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Mitchell also tried to rob a woman in the area, but she did not have any property, Fortunato said.

Authorities were able to track Mitchell to Gretna using the phone’s location services, and he was arrested without incident. Police brought him back to the criminal investigations bureau in Harvey and handcuffed him to a floor plate in an interview room.

When detectives went to check on him at 8 a.m., they found he had escaped, Fortunato said.

The only thing left behind was a handcuff attached to the floor plate, he said. Anyone with information on Mitchell’s location is asked to contact police at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers (504) 822-1111.

Police say man killed himself after robbery

A New Orleans man killed himself inside of an eastern New Orleans home after police said he robbed the East New Orleans Regional Library on Monday afternoon.

David Domino, 40, died in the 10000 block of Seawood Drive a few blocks from the library from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.

The man robbed the library on Read Boulevard but was quickly spotted by New Orleans police in a nearby neighborhood.

Officers pursued the man on foot, but he was able to escape to an alleyway. Police called in canine units, and then heard a single gunshot. The incident is being investigated by the Public Integrity Bureau and Independent Police Monitor.

Armed robbery victim shot in hand

A 30-year-old man who fought with two armed robbers Monday escaped with a gunshot wound to the hand.

The incident was reported in the 800 block of North Broad Street around 4:19 p.m.

The victim said that two men approached him and demanded he relinquish his property, police said. The victim refused and tried to grab the weapon. It discharged once. The would-be robbers escaped on foot.

Tow truck theft scheme thwarted

Two men who New Orleans police accused of stealing cars to sell for scrap metal were arrested Monday and remain in police custody.

Ruel Smith, 32, and Kenneth Lanne, 45, were booked on multiple counts of theft and criminal conspiracy in connection with the theft of several dilapidated cars from New Orleans residents.

According to court records, police said Smith would call Lanne, a tow truck driver, and “sell” him vehicles to take to a scrap yard.

However, Lanne told police that he never received any titles or other paperwork on these vehicles before turning them over to the scrap yard.

Police identified at least three vehicles that Lanne towed and caught him after one woman saw him trying to remove her vehicle from in front of her home on North Gayoso Street on Nov. 16.

When the woman questioned him about the tow, he said he’d bought the van from a subject known as “Josh” for $180. Police have not confirmed the existence of this individual.

Tow truck drivers illegally removing and selling vehicles has been a persistent problem for months in the city.

Police officers have reached out to scrap yards in Plaquemines Parish, where the vehicles are often sold, but the problem persists.

New Orleans police are searching for another tow truck driver who removed a 2007 Cadillac Escalade from a parking lot without permission a few days ago.

Woman booked with DWI, other counts

A Grand Isle woman accused of injuring multiple people while speeding down a residential street was arrested Monday.

Rebecca Hickox, 31, was booked with driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, five counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and several other charges.

Grand Isle police said Hickox was driving 70 mph on a 15 mph street about a month ago when she struck a utility pole and another vehicle. Hickox had been in the hospital until recently. She had no insurance at the time of the accident.

Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

Police said an argument between a Marrero couple this weekend turned violent and landed the woman in jail.

Auva Payton, 39, was booked with aggravated battery after she stabbed her boyfriend in the arms and back during an argument on Saturday, police said.

The man refused to press charges, but Payton was still taken into custody.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau