New Orleans area police briefs for Feb. 12, 2013

Bourbon St. shooting suspect arrested

Police have arrested a Marrero man they believe was involved in a shooting on Bourbon Street this weekend that left four people wounded.

Deron Bridgewater, 23, turned himself in to the detectives after seeing himself on television as a suspect in the investigation. Bridgewater is accused of participating in a quadruple shooting that left four people wounded, three of whom have been released from the hospital. The shooting was reported around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Bourbon Street. The incident, which came at the height of Carnival season, has provoked a swift police response, which has been aided by amateur video captured by a witness. Two other suspects in the shooting are still being sought, and police have identified one of the men as “Landon.” The shooting apparently stemmed from an argument.

Shooting in Harvey reported on Monday

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate a shooting Monday afternoon in Harvey.

The incident was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Touchwood Drive. An unidentified man was shot, and his wounds were deemed non life-threatening. No other details were immediately released.

Police ID man killed in late night accident

An elderly man killed in a late night car accident Saturday has been identified as a nearby resident.

Clarence Carter Jr., 79, died after a vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup at Gallier Street and North Claiborne Avenue. Police say that Carter may have ignored a stop sign at North Claiborne Avenue and that led to him colliding with the truck head-on about 11 p.m. Carter died at the scene, and the other driver received minor injuries. No citations were issued in the accident.

Two men shot in separate incidents

Police are investigating two separate shootings where the victims were shot as they sat inside vehicles Sunday night.

One incident was reported shortly before 11 p.m. at North Galvez Street and Painters Street, according to police. The victim was a passenger in a vehicle that came to the intersection. An unknown person standing outside the car began firing at the 19-year-old man, striking him once in the leg.

In the second incident, a 31-year-old man told police he was sitting in front of a store near Derbigny Street and Frenchman Street around 9:12 p.m. The victim said that a black vehicle drove up to the location going the wrong way on the street and parked in front of his car. A man then got out of the vehicle and shot at the victim through the front windshield. The man was struck once in the chest but was in good condition.

Police: Man forced into home and shot

Police are searching for information on a shooting where a 25-year-old man was pulled into a home and shot multiple times.

The incident was reported in the 2800 block of Audubon Street at about 3:19 a.m. Monday. Police say the victim said he was pulled into a home at the location, shot multiple times and left. The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Homemade bomb kills one, wounds one

One teenager was killed and another hospitalized when a homemade bomb they constructed in Pearl River unexpectedly detonated Sunday night.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that the incident happened around 7:30 p.m. in the 39000 block of St. Paul’s Drive. Deputies were called out to the home after neighbors reported loud noises. When the deputy drove up, he heard an explosion and found Thomas Rinkus Jr., 19, dead outside the home near the bomb. A 17-year-old boy was in the home injured.

Investigators are trying to determine the composition of the explosive device.

Convicted sex offender arrested

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Michigan man previously convicted of a sex offense while he was near Belle Chasse Middle School.

Rocky Russell Livermore, who authorities believe was homeless, was arrested Friday morning near La. 23 and Sara Victoria Drive. Deputies were responding to a report of a suspicious man at a bus stop there and found Livermore. They determined he was wanted in Michigan and was too close to Belle Chasse Middle School.

Authorities believe Livermore had been in the metropolitan area for two years, and they are currently trying to retrace his steps in Plaquemines Parish. Anyone with information on Livermore should contact Detective Tiffany Provenzano at 504-564-2525 or 504-297-5435.

Harvey man arrested on robbery charges

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Harvey man on Sunday after authorities say he tried to rob a West Bank motel using his fingers.

Lionel Curtis was booked with two counts of attempted first degree simple robbery. According to an arrest report, Curtis was sitting in a motel lobby when he approached a clerk and told her to call the police. When the clerk, who was counting money, looked at Curtis, he put his hands in his pockets and pretended he had a gun. Curtis demanded money from the clerk, but the clerk refused, and Curtis left the motel, a report said. He was arrested by police a short time later.

Lafitte man facing battery charges

A Lafitte man is accused of seriously beating two men Saturday after first disarming one of them of a gun.

According to an arrest report, Jonathan Gisclair, 26, punched and kicked his girlfriend’s father and another man after they intervened in a fight he was having with his girlfriend.

The report states that Gisclair beat one man with his own weapon after the man pointed it at Gisclair. Gisclair was booked with two counts of aggravated battery and simple criminal damage. Police say that last charge stemmed from a car window he broke with his fist while arguing with his girlfriend.

Suspect reclassified as ‘security risk’

A Florida murder suspect might have tried to break out of the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center through the ceiling, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Correctional officers reported finding a broken ceiling tile and metal from the rafters inside a cell occupied by Jamaal Jenkins, 25. Jenkins was being housed in a special cell because he was considered a security risk, according to an arrest report. Jenkins was captured by authorities Friday, and was wanted for two homicides in Florida. When he was captured, investigators said, Jenkins told them he was on his way to Canada.

Woman charged
with child desertion

A Westwego woman was booked with child desertion after she admitted to leaving her 1-year-old child in a car while she went shopping at Wal-Mart.

Phuong Pham, 38, was arrested after other shoppers reported seeing the child in the car alone with the windows up on Saturday. Pham said she left the child in the car for about 90 minutes because she didn’t want to wake the toddler. She had removed the child from the car by the time police were notified but was still arrested.

Harvey man booked on carjacking charge

A Harvey man was booked with carjacking Saturday after a woman reported that he stole her car after she refused to let him borrow it.

Brandon Jackson, 29, also was booked with resisting a police officer. Authorities say Jackson asked a friend to borrow her car, but when she refused, he took the vehicle from where it was idling in front of her home. Jackson was arrested at his home, where the woman’s car was parked.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau