New Orleans Police briefs for March 21, 2013

Search efforts for teacher reduced

A Texas search-and-rescue team has suspended its search efforts for missing schoolteacher Terrilyn Monette after failing to find any leads.

Texas Equusearch did not find Monette’s vehicle in Bayou St. John or the lagoons in City Park during several days of searching and has decided to return home, according to Officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans police spokesman.

Monette has been missing since March 2, and her disappearance has sparked national media interest and a variety of search efforts.

Flot reported that the NOPD will continue to search for Monette but reported no new leads in the case.

Police reported earlier this week that Monette was last seen driving toward City Park on Marconi Boulevard.

Police release video of homicide suspect

New Orleans police released a surveillance video that shows a homicide suspect chasing a man down a street in Hollygrove before gunning him down from behind on Sunday night.

Police allowed media outlets to view the footage of the fatal shooting of Ryan Williams, 27, with the hope of generating clues on the man they believe was responsible for his death. That man can be seen walking calmly down Belfast Street before later chasing Williams down and firing several shots at the victim as he ran through the street. The video shows the suspect wearing what appears to be a white shirt and pants, along with a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt. It was unclear from the video what preceded the shooting.

Gun links N.O. man, 20, to homicide

Police booked a New Orleans man with second-degree murder after authorities said they connected him to a homicide earlier this month through a gun dropped at the March 9 shooting of 19-year-old Bertrand Dezara at an apartment complex at 5131 Bundy Road.

Dezara was found dead in a courtyard at the complex after officers were called to investigate a report of shots fired, according to Magistrate Court records.

According to a witness, Glynn Hawkins, 20, and an accomplice were seen entering an apartment where Dezara was located. A short time later, they were seen leaving the unit with Dezara, although a witness said the victim appeared reluctant to leave. A few minutes later, gunshots were heard, and Dezara was found in the courtyard.

The records say police were able to connect Hawkins to the incident after another shooting near the intersection of Washington and South Claiborne avenues.

Police said Hawkins engaged in a gunbattle there and witnesses saw him drop a weapon. When police recovered that gun, they said it matched shell casings found at Dezara’s homicide.

Men arrested in leaving child in car

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two men Tuesday who authorities said left a young child in a car alone. Both denied responsibility for the boy.

Robert Drummer, 45, and Lance Everson, 34, were both booked with child desertion after a deputy found the young boy strapped into a car seat soaked in urine, according to an arrest report. A witness reported that the boy had been alone in the vehicle with all of the windows rolled down for an hour.

The report states that the deputy was called to the location after a witness saw the child in the parking lot at Pull-a-Part in the 4000 block of Peters Road. The deputy had the owner of the car paged over a public address system, and Everson returned to the vehicle. However, he claimed the child was Drummer’s and that he didn’t know the boy’s last name. The deputy searched for Drummer, who was trying to take off his shirt to avoid detection, and he also denied knowing the child, the report stated.

The boy was turned over to state officials.

Man, 45, booked
in molestation of girl

A Sewerage and Water Board employee accused of molesting a young girl for six years was arrested Monday.

Brad Pfeiffer, 45, was booked with molestation of a juvenile and sexual battery after the now 13-year-old told her mother that Pfeiffer had been inappropriately touching her for years. According to court records, the girl said Pfeiffer began the abuse when she was 7, and it also included trying to get her to view pornography. The incidents would occur whenever the two were alone, and Pfeiffer would give the girl gifts to keep her quiet, the records said.

Pfeiffer works as a dispatcher for the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.

Man, 20, shot while walking down street

Police are searching for clues in the shooting of a 20-year-old man in eastern New Orleans on Tuesday.

The incident was reported at 10:14 a.m. near the intersection of Lake Forest Boulevard and Glouster Road. Police said the victim reported he was walking down the street when an unknown man began shooting at him. The victim was shot once in the stomach and taken to a local hospital.

Deputies arrest 6 in fight at high school

A large fight at a West Bank high school required several Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies to come to the campus and ended with several students arrested.

The fight was reported at Helen Cox High School in the 2200 block of Lapalco Boulevard. According to an arrest report, at least 10 students were involved in the incident, and the officer on duty at the site had to call in backup to break up the brawl.

Deputies arrested Troy Williams, 17; Mandrake Ozan III, 17; Tyran Green, 17; and Devin Lacrosse, 17, in allegedly participating in the brawl. They also arrested Junious Robinson, 17; and Rene Parks, 18, in failing to disperse quickly enough. The fight was reported during lunch Tuesday in a courtyard at the school.

Compiled by Allen Powell II, New Orleans bureau