New Orleans area police briefs for Jan. 26, 2013

Four more ‘Harvey Hustlers’ plead guilty

Four members of a West Bank gang known as the “Harvey Hustlers” pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to various charges.

Melvin Hudson, 26; Jermaine Hudson, 25; Moses Lawson, 27; and Tedrick Reynard, 24, all of Harvey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lance Africk to violations of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act, the Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering Act, the Federal Gun Control and Controlled Substances Acts, aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice.

Five other “Harvey Hustlers” pleaded guilty to charges earlier this month.

The investigation that led to the men’s’ arrest targeted a West Bank area where there was a large amount of violent crime and drug trafficking.

During the course of the investigation, specific individuals were identified as the main perpetrators of many of the violent acts and much of the narcotics distribution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal and local law enforcement officers found that a group operated in Harvey, specifically the Scottsdale and Haydel neighborhoods.

The group, known as the Harvey Hustlers, controlled the neighborhoods for their narcotics distribution activities through violence and through threats of violence, to include murder, attempted murder, obstruction and assaults.

The Hustlers’ “Murder Squad,” or “MS,” was a faction of the group.

Lawson admitted he and other “Murder Squad” members participated in the murder Reginald Francois on April 1, 2010

Sentencing for the men is set for May 2.

Police investigate Gentilly shooting

Police are investigating the shooting of 22-year-old man on Friday evening in Gentilly.

The shooting was reported shortly before 5:22 p.m. in the 2500 block of Dreux Avenue.

The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach, but his wounds did not immediately appear life threatening, police said.

Kenner police recover marijuana

A confidential information helped Kenner police snag nearly a kilogram of marijuana that police say was being delivered to a hotel in the city.

Police booked Anthony Pham, 22, and Duy Nguyen, 22, on Wednesday with possession of a Schedule II substance with intent to distribute and marijuana possession.

According to an arrest report, police were tipped that two men would be deliver narcotics to a hotel in the 2800 block of Williams Boulevard.

They began watching the location and spotted a truck in which Pham and Nguyen rode.

Police said they recovered from the truck 2.1 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $19,000.

Man, 22, booked
on drug charges

A Westwego man arrested for trespassing at the West Jefferson Medical Center was found with several vials of strong painkillers later that day.

Mitchell Boudreaux, 22, was booked Thursday with possession of nine vials morphine, hydromorphone, diphenhydramine and fentanyl. A Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy stopped Boudreaux while he was crossing the street because the deputy says Boudreaux had his face covered and couldn’t see traffic. The deputy found the vials in Boudreaux’s jacket and he later admitted to stealing them from a medical waste container at the hospital.

Police: Woman flees abuse by hiding

A Baton Rouge-area man was arrested Thursday in Metairie after police say he attacked his ex-girlfriend, forcing her to hide in a store freezer to escape him.

Devon Holbrook, 29, was booked with simple battery and disturbing the peace while drunk. According to an arrest report, Holbrook chased his ex-girlfriend into a business while intoxicated, and then threw her to the ground.

Fearing for her safety, the woman hid in one of the freezers in the store until Holbrook left the location. Holbrook told police that he just grabbed some money from the victim’s hand and she pulled a “basketball move” and flopped to the floor.

Police: Man charged with molesting girl

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Metairie man Thursday after authorities say he admitted to molesting his wife’s 12-year-old sister at his home.

Nicholas Guillot, 27, said he would lure the girl to his home with text messages promising video games and then would molest her.

He was booked with indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor, sexual battery and aggravated incest.

Argument escalates into domestic gunfire

An argument between a New Orleans man and his ex-girlfriend ended with gunfire on Thursday night, according to police.

Police say that Tonie Black, 18, argued with his ex-girlfriend about a fight she had with his new girlfriend. During the argument, the victim says Black pulled out a gun that he pointed at her and her mother. She said Black later fired several shots from the weapon, which were heard by a police officer in the area.

He was booked with two counts of aggravated assault.

Man claims he was robbed of $10,000

A New Orleans man told police that an armed robbery forced him to go into a local bank and withdraw $10,000 at gunpoint.

The victim said the incident happened around 4:18 p.m. on Thursday at a Gentilly bank. He said he was getting out of his car when a man with a gun demanded he get back into the vehicle. The robber then told the victim to go into the bank and bring back $10,000.

The victim reported he complied, did not warn anyone inside bank and gave the robber the money. He says the man made him wait in the car facedown while he fled.

Hotel fire injures
two firefighters

A late-night fire Thursday at an abandoned eastern New Orleans hotel resulted in injuries for two firefighters.

The New Orleans Fire Department was called out the vacant nine-story building at 6324 Chef Menteur Highway around 10:41 p.m.

The fire was contained to the building’s first floor, but because of its size, a room-to-room search of the entire building was conducted. The hotel is a haven for homeless people, fire officials said.

Two firefighters reported minor injuries on the scene.

Compiled by the New Orleans Bureau