New Orleans area police reports for Feb. 23, 2013

Police probe two separate shootings

Police investigated two separate shootings reported within minutes of each other Friday afternoon. One incident left a man dead, while another left a woman seriously wounded.

Officers were called to Marigny Street and South Claiborne Avenue around 2 p.m. Friday after receiving a report of shots fired, police spokesman Officer Frank Robertson said. Robertson said officers found a man dead next to a white, Ford Explorer near the intersection. Police have not determined what the man was doing in the area, although it appeared he may have been working on the vehicle, Robertson said. A visibly distraught man, who identified himself as the victim’s brother, said the dead man’s name was Kirk Green. Traffic on South Claiborne Avenue slowed to a crawl as drivers viewed the scene.

Minutes earlier, police had learned of woman shot near Chalfant Place and Florida Avenue in the St. Bernard neighborhood. Police released few details on that incident, except that the woman was in critical condition but able to speak with responding officers.

Kenner teenagers
to face rape charges

Kenner police arrested three teenagers after a 14-year-old girl reported they forced her to have sex at a Kenner apartment last year.

Police booked Gary Washington, 19, with aggravated rape Wednesday and are seeking warrants for the arrest of a 17-year-old suspect and 15-year-old suspect in the case, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a spokesman for the Kenner Police Department. McGregor said authorities only recently learned the identity of the 17-year-old suspect and would not release the teenager’s name. The 15-year-old suspect is believed to be outside of the state and will need to be extradited, he said. Both teenagers will be booked with aggravated rape.

According to the arrest report, the victim was at Washington’s apartment in Kenner, when the 15-year-old visited and began to pressure her for sex. She finally relented and went into a bedroom closet with him, the report said. However, she told police she changed her mind, and the teenager still had intercourse with her.

Afterward, Washington allegedly came into the closet and had sex with the girl, the report stated. The 17-year-old came into the apartment at some point and had intercourse with her as well, she told police. The girl said that the 15-year-old tried to have intercourse with her again and was stopped by Washington. The girl said she never consented to sex with any of the teenagers.

Convicted rapist accused of boy’s rape

A convicted rapist was accused of raping a young boy last year while babysitting him at his home.

Marvin Santiago, 53, is accused of raping the boy in April, and the mother reported the incident on Mardi Gras 2013 after she told St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputies the boy was still complaining of pain. When she asked the boy if anyone had touched him, he told her about Santiago, according to authorities.

The boy and his mother live near Baton Rouge, and he came to St. Bernard Parish to visit relatives last year. The Sheriff’s Office said those relatives left him with Santiago, who spent 17 years in prison for the forcible rape of a woman. Santiago has denied the allegations.

Buras man accused
of molesting child

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office has accused a Buras man of molesting his 6-year-old neighbor.

Juan Ramon Pedraza, known as Johnny, was booked with sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and molestation of a juvenile, said Commander Eric Becnel, a sheriff’s spokesman. Pedraza is accused of molesting the child during several visits earlier this month, and evidence of sexual acts was found during medical examinations of the child, Becnel said. He said that Pedraza admitted to improperly touching the child.

Becnel reported that detectives found toys, candy and video games at Pedraza’s home, despite the fact that he lives alone. During questioning Pedraza admitted a previous arrest for child rape, and detectives learned he was currently wanted for possession of child pornography. A search of Pedraza’s computer in Buras found three images that might be connected to child pornography, Becnel reported.

Jefferson drug bust nets nearly $50,000

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported finding nearly $50,000 cash, an ounce of heroin, marijuana and a gun hidden around a Waggaman home Thursday.

Investigators made the discovery at a home in the 400 block of Helios Drive during a search, according to an arrest report. Detectives arrested Terrence Kelley, 26, and Ashley Fedison, 28, after the discovery. Both suspects reside at the home but denied any knowledge of how the drugs and cash got there.

Escaped inmate captured in Texas

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a 53-year-old escaped inmate who authorities had been seeking since August.

Larry Ard escaped from the Sheriff’s Office temporary facility, known as “the tents,” on Aug. 16. He was captured in north Houston where authorities say he was living in a homeless shelter under an assumed name.

Police seek clues
in separate shootings

Police are still looking for clues in two shootings reported Thursday evening.

In one incident, a 27-year-old man reported being shot in the buttocks near North Johnson Street and Mandeville Street shortly before 6 p.m. after being approached by four men. In the second incident, a man was shot in the body and leg after two men began firing at him near North Miro Street and Touro Street shortly after 10 p.m.

Student arrested
in school threat

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Metairie private school student after classmates reported he threatened to blow up the school.

Easilyn Carter, 17, of Avondale was booked with communicating false bomb information. According to an arrest report, Carter’s classmates at Heritage Academy reported that he made threats about blowing up the school Wednesday, but when his belongings were searched at school Thursday, no bomb was found.

Computer technician accused in robbery

A Jefferson computer tech is accused of using his technical knowledge to repeatedly rob an Elmwood business.

Bradley Steele, 25, was booked with six counts of unauthorized entry of a business after authorities said he stole more than $7,400 from a laser tag business on South Clearview Parkway. According to an arrest report, Steele would remotely shut down security at the business and then go in and raid the safe. He told police he would then claim there had been an accounting error. Detectives were able to capture Steele after they were able to identify his computer as the one used to shut down the security system.

2 accused shoplifters to face stiffer charges

A West Bank man and woman suspected in two separate shoplifting incidents saw their charges escalate once police examined their cases more closely.

Kristi Lynn Bergeron, 30, of Gretna, was booked with creation of a clandestine methamphetamine lab after Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies caught her trying to shoplift several of the chemicals needed to make methamphetamine, according to an arrest report. Darryl Wells, 30, of Algiers, was booked with child desertion after Gretna police say he left a 3-year-old boy alone in a car to shoplift at a West Bank home improvement store.

Belle Chasse Bridge closed until March

The Belle Chasse Bridge will be closed until early March starting this morning.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is making repairs to wire cables on the bridge and will open the Belle Chasse tunnel to two-way traffic during the closure. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau