New Orleans-area cop briefs for May 25, 2013

Man sought in case of volunteer’s killing

Police have issued an arrest warrant for the man they believe is an accomplice in the fatal shooting of an AmeriCorps volunteer last month.

Investigators allege Glen Emerson, 18, drove the SUV that carried the gunman who killed Joseph Massenburg, an Illinois man who was in town working with the volunteer group on rebuilding programs.

Police found Massenburg, 18, shot multiple times in the 1500 block of Eagle Street about 10:40 p.m. April 1. He died a short time later at a local hospital.

Massenburg was talking on his cellphone outside of his home when, according to witnesses, Emerson pulled up in a Lexus SUV and his passenger opened fire on Massenburg.

New Orleans police are still looking for the SUV and the gunman who killed Massenburg, whom they have not identified.

Emerson faces one count of second-degree murder, said Officer Frank Robertson, an NOPD spokesman.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call homicide Detective Robert Barrere at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man injured in gunfire on Friday

An unidentified man was shot on Friday morning in the St. Claude area.

Gunfire broke out in the 5300 block of Pauline Street at around 11:38 a.m., according to Officer Hilal Williams, a police spokeswoman. One man was shot in the back and remained in stable condition Friday afternoon, according to police. No information was available on a motive or suspects.

Pontchartrain Park shooting injures one

Police are looking for two men who reportedly carjacked a man and shot him near Pontchartrain Park on Friday morning.

The incident was reported in the 5600 block of Campus Boulevard shortly before 3 a.m. The 19-year-old victim told police he was sitting in his vehicle when two armed men walked up to him and ordered him out. After the victim complied, the men shot him in the leg, and fled in the car. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital, according to a police report.

Police probe four armed robberies

Police are investigating four different armed robberies on Thursday night and Friday morning, including one where the perpetrator shot at the victims when they tried to escape.

That incident was reported around 12:46 a.m. in the 2800 block of North Rampart Street, according to police reports. Police say a 53-year-old woman and a 60-year-old were standing outside when a man drove up, started waving a gun and demanded their money. The woman dropped her purse and both victims ran, and the suspect fired at least one shot at them as they fled. No one was injured in the incident.

At roughly the same time that robbery was occurring, police were called out to intersection of North Rampart and Spain streets on another robbery. In that incident, a 34-year-old man said he was walking home when an armed man approached him and demanded his cash. The perpetrator stole the victim’s wallet and wireless phone.

About an hour later, police were called to eastern New Orleans, where a woman reported being carjacked and robbed. The woman said she was parking a vehicle when two men approached her. One of them demanded her property while flashing a gun. The woman gave them her car keys and cellphone, and they fled in the car.

On Thursday afternoon, police also handled an armed robbery in the 2200 block of St. Andrew Street.

Police: Slidell man targeted minors

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office announced the arrest of a 20-year-old Slidell man for targeting minors on the Internet.

Matthew Lipham was booked with three counts of indecent behavior involving juveniles, three counts of computer-aided solicitation of minors and one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Caldwell’s office did not release any further information on the incident.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau