New Orleans area police briefs for Feb. 9, 2013

Body found in home bound and gagged

A man found dead Monday inside of a burned Lower 9th Ward home died from smoke inhalation and burns after he was bound and gagged, the Orleans Parish coroner’s office said.

The victim, whose identity remains unknown, died in the fire that someone set in the abandoned home in the 1600 block of Deslonde Street about 7:30 p.m., said John Gagliano, the coroner’s chief investigator.

Firefighters found the man’s body after they put out the flames, said Officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans police spokesman.

Gagliano described the victim as a black male between 30 and 40 years old. He was about 5 foot, 6 inches tall and weighed 138 pounds after he was burned.

He wore a red T-shirt with “Learning Center Summer Camp 2011” staff in white on the back and with the image of a female child on the front. He wore the shirt underneath a blue jumpsuit, according to an NOPD news release.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call the Coroner’s Office at (504) 658-9600.

Homicide Detective Robert Bachelder is in charge of the case.

Houston man ID’d
as shooting victim

A man found shot to death Monday on a Lower 9th Ward lot has been identified.

Anis Valentine, 26, of Houston, died from multiple gunshot wounds after someone opened fire on him, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator. Gagliano said Valentine was in town to visit someone

A grass-cutting crew working in the area found Valentine’s body about 3 p.m. near North Miro and Benton streets, police have said. Investigators have not provided any information on a suspect or motive.

Police investigating N.O. east shooting

Police are searching for clues in the shooting of an unidentified man Friday morning in eastern New Orleans.

Few details were released in the incident. Officer Garry Flot said that the man showed up at a local hospital around 10 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police later determined the shooting happened in the 7300 block of Crestmont Drive but did not confirm the time.

Police book man in aggravated rape case

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Metairie man Thursday after police say he raped his roommate after she fell asleep Wednesday night.

Juan Hernandez, 23, was booked with aggravated rape and remains in custody. According to an arrest report, police were called out to an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Edenborn Avenue on Thursday to investigate a rape. They found the 18-year-old victim and Hernandez together, and she was crying, and Hernandez’s fly was down, the report stated. The woman told a deputy that she and Hernandez shared an apartment because they were both in the area working after immigrating from Honduras. Two other men also lived in the apartment.

The victim said that she and Hernandez were drinking on Wednesday, and she fell asleep. She awoke to Hernandez raping her, and another man waiting in the room for a turn, the report said.

Man leads Kenner police on car chase

A New Orleans man led Kenner police on extended chase Wednesday after authorities tried to stop him for driving a stolen vehicle, according to an arrest report.

Quantis Charles, 21, was booked with illegal possession of stolen property in excess of $1,500, aggravated flight from an officer, driving without a license and misrepresenting his identity during booking. The report states that Kenner police received an alert from an automated license plate recognition camera about a stolen vehicle driving on Veterans Boulevard. When an officer tried to stop the car, Charles initially pulled over and let a passenger out, the report stated.

However, he then spend off, leading an officer on a chase that included excessive speeds in residential neighborhoods and Charles driving on the sidewalk, the report stated.

Police book woman with child cruelty

A Metairie woman is in custody after her two stepchildren told police that she repeatedly beat them and even poured boiling water on her stepson’s leg.

Shelita Evans, 25, was booked with cruelty to a juvenile after a deputy confirmed some of the injuries reported by the children. A 9-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl told a deputy that Evans beat them, hit the boy with a chair and punched the girl in the face. An arrest report said the children had been taken from Evans and their father because of reported abuse in the past.

Suspects in multiple robberies sought

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for several armed bandits who robbed victims in Waggaman and Marrero earlier this week.

The first incident happened Sunday near the intersection of Live Oak Boulevard and Willswood Lane, said Glen Boyd, a sheriff’s spokesman. Boyd said that the victim had stopped because of a flat tire when a man approached him and demanded his car. The victim refused to get out of the car and fled, but the gunman fired several shots at the car and struck it multiple times.

On Wednesday, two bandits robbed two people in the 400 block of Dandelion Drive in Waggaman shortly before 1 a.m., taking property and two vehicles. About 14 hours later, the robbers used one of the vehicles stolen in that incident in another robbery on Richland Street in Marrero. In that incident one victim was shot as he tried to prevent the robbery. The robbers escaped in a stolen pickup truck, which they later crashed. Boyd said the gunmen all appear to be teenagers or in their early 20s. They are considered armed and dangerous.

State Police gear up for Mardi Gras

Friday marked the beginning of patrols by the Louisiana State Police in New Orleans for the Carnvial season.

State Police Commander Colonel Michael Edmonson urged his troopers to remain vigilant and safe throughout their time in the city and to make sure all their actions properly represent Louisiana. The troopers held a briefing at the Port of New Orleans before beginning their evening shifts, although officers had been on duty since Friday morning, said Trooper Melissa Matey, a spokeswoman.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas thanked the troopers for their help during the Super Bowl and Carnival season. Edmonson noted that officers are seeing more and more weapons on the streets, which makes their presence even more important.

“I think it’s a proactive sort of preparing for the worse and expecting the best,” Edmonson told troopers. The State Police has been providing extra support during Carnival for decades and will have 130 troopers in the city this year.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau