New Orleans area police briefs for Dec. 20, 2012

Belle Chasse teen remains in custody

A high school senior accused of threatening to shoot his teacher and classmates at Belle Chasse High School this week remains in custody without bond.

Leonard Jourdan III had a magistrate hearing on Wednesday afternoon and was denied bond while he undergoes a mental evaluation, according to Cmdr. Eric Becnel with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office. Judge Kevin Connor ordered Jourdan to undergo the evaluation.

Jourdan booked with terrorizing Monday after classmates reported that he threatened to tie up his teacher, slit her wrists and then shoot up the school on Friday. Jourdan’s comments, which he later said were a joke, came just days after the deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Another court hearing is planned for Thursday.

Robbery suspect captured Tuesday

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested the third suspect in a Metairie bar robbery earlier this month, in which a customer pursued the suspects.

Lance McIntyre, 21, of Metairie, had been wanted by police since Dec. 5 after authorities say he robbed the Turtle Bar on Karen Street with two other men. McIntyre was arrested without incident on Tuesday, according to an arrest report.

The Sheriff’s Office previously reported that McIntyre robbed the bar with Henry Chairs, 21, and Daniel Shaw, 18. All three men have been booked with three counts of armed robbery.

According to authorities, the three men burst into the bar around 7 p.m. on Dec. 3. All three men were masked and two of them were armed, police said. The men robbed both the bar patrons and the bartender.

However, as the men were fleeing in a getaway vehicle, one of the patrons followed them and managed to get a license plate number and vehicle description for authorities. Investigators were able to use that information to find Shaw. He not only confessed to the incident, but also gave detectives information on the other participants, which led to the arrest of Chairs and eventually McIntyre.

Wal-Mart workers accused of stealing

Two Wal-Mart employes are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronic devices over the past six months from a West Bank store.

Kenneth Rancifer, 34, of Harvey, and Robert Brown, 51, of New Orleans, were arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Tuesday. Brown was booked with theft of $1,500 or more, while Rancifer was booked with two counts of theft of $1,500 or more, injuring public records, possession of stolen items valued in excess of $500 and misrepresenting himself during booking.

According to an arrest report, both men worked at a store in the 4800 block of Lapalco Boulevard in Marrero.

A loss-prevention officer saw Brown acting as a lookout while Rancifer, a manager at the store, removed multiple iPads and iPods from a storage area, the report said. Loss-prevention officers had been investigating the disappearance of more than a dozen of the devices in recent months.

During questioning, the men admitted to stealing the electronic devices to resell. Police confirmed the theft of at least 10 iPads, five iPods and several laptop computers, for a total loss to the store in excess of $4,500, according to the report.

Man accused of waving gun sought

Police are searching for a New Orleans man who became so impatient with a store clerk that he brandished a weapon inside the business. Authorities have said the man, who is wanted for aggravated assault, is known by the nickname “Money.’’

According to police, the man entered a store in the 1800 block of Franklin Avenue on Nov. 13, and tried to purchase cigarettes. However, the man became upset when he felt the clerk took too long and pulled out a handgun. No one was injured in the incident.

The wanted man is described as roughly 19 to 23 years old, 5-foot-6-inches tall and about 150 pounds with dreadlocks. He was wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt, dark blue pants and a purple cap.

3 bicyclists sought
in Uptown robbery

New Orleans police are searching for three armed bicyclists who robbed a man Tuesday evening on Washington Avenue.

The incident was reported shortly before 6:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Washington Avenue, according to police. A man said he was walking down the street when three young men on bicycles rode up to him.

One of the men pushed the victim down, and then the men took all of his money.

The initial police report does not indicate which one of the robbers used a weapon, but the incident was classified as an armed robbery. The men fled shortly after the robbery.

Man accused of possessing child porn

A Covington man was indicted on Wednesday for possession of child pornography.

Joshua Nettles, 37, was indicted in a two-count sealed indictment Dec. 13. The indictment was not unsealed until today, said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente office. No other details were released on the incident.

Compiled by New Orleans

bureau