New Orleans area police briefs for Feb. 14, 2013

Two Covington men accused of arson

For the second time in a month, a Covington-area resident has been accused of purposely torching a home.

The Louisiana Fire Marshal’s Office booked Michael Ellis Mathieu, 21, of Covington, and Corey Eshleman, 24, of Folsom, with simple arson and arson with injury after authorities say a fire they set Jan. 14 at a vacant home injured a St. Tammany Parish firefighter.

Authorities said they responded to a blaze Jan. 14 at 73459 N. Lee Road near Covington after smoke and flames were reported by a passerby.

Investigators immediately suspected the case was arson but only developed a suspect after St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies investigating another case found a video of the fire on a wireless phone, said James Hartman, a spokesman for St. Tammany Fire District 12.

Authorities say Mathieu previously lived in the burned home.

Last month, authorities arrested Rod Francis Davis, of Covington, after they said he burned down his own home with his dog inside to get media attention for saving the animal’s life.

Champagne theft suspect arrested

A local man accused of stealing expensive Champagne and thousands of dollars from a gas station was arrested on Mardi Gras after authorities say he returned to the store a few hours after the crime.

Marvin Davis, 20, was booked with armed robbery by New Orleans police after they arrested him at around 9:40 a.m. at the same gas station witnesses say he robbed shortly after 5 a.m.

In the robbery, police say Davis leaped a counter while armed and stole $4,000 and two bottles of $500 Champagne. However, during the robbery, a clerk said Davis’ mask fell from his face, and the clerk recognized him as a regular customer at the business.

Police said that when they searched Davis’ home, they found the alcohol, cash, a gun and the clothes he was allegedly wearing during the robbery.

Graffiti suspects held; more sought

Six Covington, Mandeville and Abita Springs residents were booked with criminal damage to property in connection with a rash of graffiti incidents in Mandeville this winter.

Matthew Deprang, 22, of Covington; Christopher Anderson, 22, Covington; Chase Beruvides, 18, Mandeville; Cameron Oiler, 20, Abita Springs; Alan Batchelder, 25, Mandeville; and Joshua Lukinovich, 19, Covington, were all arrested in connection with the incidents, and Mandeville police expect to make additional arrests, said Sgt. Gerald Sticker, a police spokesman.

Sticker said police believe the suspects are responsible for the defacing of public property at Mandeville City Park and Mandeville Trailhead, along with damage to several grocery stores. Police have been looking for the suspects since December and received numerous tips from the public.

Algiers pharmacy stabbing suspect held

Police arrested an unidentified woman on Mardi Gras night after they said she stabbed a 22-year-old woman inside an Algiers pharmacy.

The incident was reported around 8:11 p.m. in the 4100 block of General de Gaulle Drive.

The victim told police she was sitting near the pharmacy counter when the suspect walked up to her and stabbed her in the back. The suspect was immediately taken into custody, and the victim was taken to a local hospital.

Angry girlfriend booked with arson

A Metairie woman spent Lundi Gras in jail after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said she set her boyfriend’s clothes on fire at their crowded Metairie apartment complex.

Nancy Theriot, 55, was booked with aggravated arson at her apartment in the 1200 block of Lake Avenue.

A deputy was called to the scene after receiving a report of fire and found a pile of clothes smoldering in front of Theriot’s front door, according to an arrest report.

When the deputy questioned Theriot, she said she set the clothes on fire with a lighter and paint thinner, and that they belonged to her boyfriend.

The report noted that the fire was near several other apartments in the crowded complex.

Teen booked on gun
at school count

An argument over a girl ended with one Slidell teenager bringing a gun to school last week, according to the Slidell Police Department.

Clarence A. Barre IV, 17, was booked with illegal carrying of a weapon on school grounds Feb. 6, after police said he brandished a weapon in the parking lot of Salmen High School during a dispute over a girl.

Capt. Kevin Foltz, a police spokesman, said the dispute happened around 4:15 p.m. after school had concluded for the day.

Barre is not a student at the school but apparently confronted a student in the parking lot while armed. No one was injured in the incident.

Compiled by the New

Orleans bureau