Funeral set for 6-year-old murder victim, and other New Orleans police news

Funeral set Monday for Ahlittia North

A funeral for Ahlittia North, the 6-year-old Harvey girl who was stabbed to death last week, has been set.

The service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Smoke Bend, 35058 La. 1, Donaldsonville.

Ahlittia was reported missing early Saturday. A search for the girl ended late Monday when investigators found her body inside of a trash can a few doors down from her mother’s apartment.

Police arrested her stepfather’s nephew, 20-year-old Matthew Flugence, on a count of first-degree murder. He allegedly confessed to investigators that he killed the girl by stabbing her twice in the neck and twice in the stomach.

His brother, 21-year-old Russell Flugence, has been booked with obstruction of justice for allegedly withholding information about the slaying.

Family members said Ahlittia only recently moved to the area to live with her mother. She previously lived with her father and grandmother in Donaldsonville.

Alleged robbers leave IDs at scene of crime

When New Orleans police responded early Saturday to reports of two women pepper-spraying a man and robbing him, they didn’t have to ask who might be responsible. All they had to do was look at the two IDs the alleged culprits left behind.

Police said the victim met the women — identified as 29-year-old Alicia Marie Ford and 21-year-old Taneal Brishay Miller — in the French Quarter and had a few drinks with them before they went to Ford’s car.

When the three arrived at the Chevron station in the 400 block of North Rampart Street about 2:30 a.m., the women got out of the car and the victim noticed his wallet, which contained $120, was missing.

Ford and Miller began to argue with the victim when he asked about the wallet, and then Ford pepper-sprayed the victim. As police arrived on the scene, Ford tried to throw the victim out of the car, and then she and Miller ran away.

Police obtained warrants for Ford and Miller for theft and simple battery.

Detective Robert Stoltz is in charge of the investigation.

Interstate 10 fatality victim is identified

A 17-year-old girl who died when she was thrown from a sport utility vehicle during an accident on Interstate 10 earlier this week has been identified as Sharmaine White.

Police said Alfred McKnight, 28, of Florida, was driving his Ford Crown Victoria on westbound Interstate 10, near Lafitte Street, about 11:19 p.m. when he hit the SUV driven by an 18-year-old woman who had two passengers.

The driver lost control of her SUV, hit the concrete wall and flipped several times. White was tossed from the vehicle and died on the scene from internal injuries, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

The driver and her other passenger, a 15-year-old boy, were treated at a local hospital. Their injuries were not serious.

McKnight was booked with vehicular homicide. He was not injured.

Man shot in Desire; condition unreported

A 33-year-old man was shot in the chest early Thursday in the Desire area.

Police said the victim was found in the middle of the 3800 block of Metropolitan Street at about 12:02 a.m.

He was treated at Interim LSU Public Hospital. Police did not provide any information on his condition.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau