New Orleans area Police and Fire Briefs for March 31, 2013

Marrero man shot,
killed inside SUV

A Marrero man was shot and killed late Friday as he sat in a Chevrolet Suburban, just moments after a child got out of the SUV and walked unharmed into a nearby house, investigators said Saturday.

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies found Joshua Shorty, 28, slumped in the driver’s seat of the white Suburban at 6564 Rue Louis Phillipe, sheriff’s spokesman Glen T. Boyd reported in a news release.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Shorty, 2068 Betty St., dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies learned that Shorty had taken the 8-year-old to get something to eat. Gunfire broke out just seconds after the child walked into the house, the release says.

Investigators do not yet have a motive or suspect, the release says.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300.

Man dies after found shot at vacant house

Homicide detectives investigated Friday night an incident in which a 24-year-old man was found near death from gunshot wounds on the porch of an abandoned residence in the 2600 block of Lasalle Street, the Police Department reported.

The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of next of kin, was located just before 9 p.m., Officer Hilal Williams said in a news release. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, Williams said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.

Habitual offender’s sentence extended

A Metairie man convicted of using an ill-gotten court order to kick his ex-girlfriend out of her house so he could sell her belongings at garage sales will serve a 20-year prison sentence under the state’s habitual offender law.

Vincent Castillo, 43, was sentenced by state District Court Judge Donald Fendlason after the judge determined Castillo is a twice-convicted felon.

Castillo was convicted of attempted extortion in 2000 and of simple burglary on Jan. 24.

The latter case involved lying to a state judge in Jefferson Parish to obtain a court order barring his former girlfriend, Lea Fink, from going to her home.

Trial testimony showed Castillo held at least two garage sales in November and December 2011, selling thousands of dollars’ worth of Fink’s belongings.

Fendlason sentenced Castillo to 10 years in prison for the simple burglary conviction earlier this month. In finding Castillo is a two-time felon, Fendlason vacated that sentence and ordered Castillo to serve 20 years.

Court records show Castillo’s attorney, Robert Louque, has filed a notice of appeal.

Orleans Parish Jail escapee recaptured

New Orleans police recaptured a man who escaped the Temporary Housing Units at the Orleans Parish Jail in October, the Orleans Parish sheriff said.

Officers arrested Lee Wise Martin Thursday on one count of possession of marijuana and during background checks, they learned his real name was Rubin Martin, 43, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said in a news release Saturday.

Martin escaped from the “tents” in October and lost weight and grew facial hair in an attempt to alter his appearance, Gusman said.

He was booked in the jail on third-offense possession of marijuana, simple escape and criminal damage to property greater than $500, along with his original count of simple burglary, Gusman said.

Compiled from Advocate staff and Associated Press reports.