New Orleans police and fire briefs for Dec. 7, 2012

Bicyclist, 58, killed in Algiers hit-and-run

Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that killed a 58-year-old bicyclist Thursday morning in Algiers.

Raymond Haywood was killed while trying to cross General de Gaulle Drive near Sandra Drive at about 5:50 a.m. on Thursday, according to police.

Police said the driver of an unknown vehicle struck Haywood then fled the scene. Haywood died at the scene.

Anyone with information on the incident can contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Deputy witnesses shooting, books man

An Orleans Parish Sheriff’s deputy captured a shooting suspect minutes after authorities say he shot a man uptown during an armed robbery.

Police said Issac Hill, 27, was arrested after a deputy saw him shoot a man in the 1400 block of North Claiborne Avenue at about 7 a.m. Thursday.

The deputy was conducting an unrelated investigation when he saw Hill and another man fighting in the street, authorities said.

The deputy said Hill pulled out a gun and fired two shots at the victim, striking him in the stomach.

Hill tried to flee when the deputy approached him but was captured after a short pursuit. Police were able to recover the gun.

Hill was booked with two counts of aggravated assault and armed robbery.

The victim remains in critical condition.

N.O. boy, 14, shot in arm while walking

A 14-year-old New Orleans boy said he was shot while walking down an eastern New Orleans street, according to police.

The incident happened around 6:10 p.m. Wednesday near Shrubrick and Dinkins streets, police said.

The victim said he was walking in the area when he heard gunshots and realized he’d been shot in the arm. He fled the scene and called police.

2 teens arrested in theft of police Taser

Two West Bank teenagers were arrested Wednesday after investigators said they were caught on video playing with a stolen Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Taser.

Kendall Roberts, 18, of Harvey and Trent Wilson, 17, of Marrero, were arrested after authorities say they discovered video of them playing with a stolen Taser at an abandoned home.

Roberts, who is a student at Helen Cox High School, was booked with accessory to burglary, illegal possession of stolen property and two counts of principal to simple arson. Wilson was booked with similar charges.

Police said the incident began in late November, when a sheriff’s deputy reported his home was burglarized, and a Taser, pepper spray and two uniforms were stolen.

Investigators eventually tracked the man’s Taser to a vacant home on the deputy’s block, but when they found it they also located the video the device stores whenever it is used, according to an arrest report.

As investigators reviewed that video, they said they saw Roberts and Wilson inside an unknown home playing with the device, which is worth more than $1,200. Every time the Taser was discharged, it would take a video of the two boys.

Under questioning, Roberts refused to cooperate, and Wilson would only admit that he would sometimes go to abandoned homes to smoke marijauna, police said

When deputies questioned him about fires at two abandoned homes, he refused to cooperate.

Police: Man promised to fix car, then sold it

A Kenner man was arrested Tuesday after Kenner Police said he promised a woman he’d fix her car and then sold it for parts.

Clyde Mitchell, 52, was booked with theft between $500 and $1,500 and filing a false report. According to an arrest report, in early November the victim gave Mitchell her car to make repairs. However, after not hearing from him for a week, she called to check on his progress but couldn’t reach him.

The woman contacted police after she received information that the vehicle might have been sold for parts.

When police questioned Mitchell, he told them the car broke down on him and was then stolen after he left it on the side of the road. However, police eventually recovered a receipt that showed Mitchell had sold the car for $450, the report said.

Man in stolen clothes booked in burglary

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Marrero man Tuesday after police said he burglarized a clothing store and then came back to the business wearing the stolen clothes.

Police said Anthony Dempster, 18, used a large rock to break the plate glass window of a store in the 3500 block of Severn Street in Metairie. Once inside, Dempster stole clothes that he brought to a nearby apartment, according to an arrest report.

But, while deputies were investigating the burglary, they say Dempster came back to the scene wearing some of the stolen clothes with the tags still attached. Dempster was taken into custody without incident.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau