New Orleans-area police briefs for May 2, 2013

Picayune man jailed on robbery charge

A Picayune, Miss., man is behind bars in St. Tammany Parish accused in the robbery of a Slidell gas station Tuesday.

Police allege Christopher Nelson, 46, walked into the Stop and Buy, 430 Pontchartrain Drive, about 12:30 p.m. and bought a drink. When the clerk opened the cash register to give Nelson his change, Nelson allegedly reached over the counter to grab a handful of $20 bills, said Detective Daniel Seuzeneau, Slidell Police Department spokesman.

The clerk fought back and was able to get back all but one of the bills, Seuzeneau said.

When Nelson ran out of the store and drove away, a witness wrote down his license plate number, Seuzeneau said.

Police detectives tracked the license plate back to Nelson and his Mississippi home.

Slidell police then called the Picayune Police Department, whose officers went to his home and found him wearing the same clothes he wore during the robbery incident, Seuzeneau said.

Nelson was jailed at the Picayune Police Department while he awaits extradition to Louisiana, Seuzeneau said.

Texas man accused
in burglaries

St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Texas man they say is responsible for a string of home burglaries in the parish.

Deputies on Tuesday morning arrested Charles Daughtry, 61, of Denton, Texas, after he led them on a foot and vehicle chase following a suspicious person report in a Slidell neighborhood, said Sgt. Sean Beavers, a spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

About 8 a.m. a homeowner in the Lake Village subdivision called deputies to report a suspicious man who knocked on the front door.

The man, later identified as Daughtry, got into a white Chrysler van and drove away when the homeowner refused to open the door, Beavers said.

Deputies responding to the call spotted Daughtry’s van and tried to stop him, but he refused, Beavers said.

After he picked up speed, Daughtry, who was not familiar with the area, turned down a dead-end street and hopped out of his vehicle when he realized deputies had blocked him in, Beavers said.

At that point he tried to run but did not get far before deputies arrested him, Beavers said.

Deputies allege Daughtry had just burglarized a home in the neighborhood where he stole two guns, Beavers said.

Investigators began to piece together evidence found inside Daughtry’s van that led them to believe he was responsible for burglaries of homes in Slidell, Mandeville and Covington, Beavers said.

The Sheriff’s Office said it believes Daughtry might also be responsible for two other burglaries in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish while Slidell police believe he was responsible for three burglaries there, Beavers said.

Daughtry was booked with flight from an officer, aggravated burglary and the illegal carrying of a weapon. Daughtry remained jailed Wednesday while he waited for a judge to set his bail, Beavers said.

Westwego man dies after April beating

A Westwego man died Tuesday at a West Bank hospital as a result of a beating he suffered late last month, and investigators are trying to identify the men who they say are responsible for the fatal blows, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Chezare Lawson, 31, was at a convenience store in the 6600 block of the Westbank Expressway in Marrero on April 27 when two men, known only as “Nonoonie” and “Tae Tae,” hit him with a baseball bat, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. No motive for the attack was given.

After the attack, Lawson went back to his home in Westwego without seeking medical attention, family members told homicide Detective Rhonda Goff. Lawson suffered a seizure later that night and was brought to West Jefferson Medical Center where he remained until he died about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Goff at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man knocked out, robbed of pants

An Algiers man was robbed at knife point, then knocked unconscious with a branch Tuesday evening, only to wake up and find his pants missing, police said.

About 5 p.m., the 25-year-old victim was walking in the 3000 block of Sandra Drive when two men approached him, according to a daily police log.

One of the men pulled out a knife and began to chase the victim, police said.

The other man grabbed a branch and hit the victim in the head, knocking him unconscious, according to police.

The victim woke up a short time later, according to the police log, and found his pants missing.

Police did not provide a description of the robbers.

Police: 3 injured
in Gentilly shooting

A shooting Tuesday night in Gentilly sent three men to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.

The shooting happened about 9:25 p.m. at Elysian Fields Avenue and Dennis Street, according to a daily police log.

The three victims were sitting inside of a car at the corner when another car pulled up, at which point one of its occupants opened fire.

One of the victims, whose age was not provided, was struck in the stomach, police said.

The other victims, ages 25 and 18, were hit in the left shoulder and right leg, respectively.

The gunman got away in the car in which he rode, police said. Police did not provide a description of the car.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau