New Orleans area police briefs for Jan. 31, 2013

Police investigating Algiers homicide

New Orleans police investigated the city’s fifth killing in five days Wednesday.

Police were called to Belleville and Slidell streets to investigate a shooting involving an unidentified 34-year-old man Wednesday afternoon. The shooting was reported at about 4:15 p.m.

The victim was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the body, and no motives or suspects have been released.

The shooting happened a few yards from Martin Behrman Elementary School, and the school’s after-school program went into lockdown because of the incident.

Coroner identifies man killed Tuesday

A 23-year-old man killed on Tuesday was identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.

Steven Augustine died in the 7100 block of Bunker Hill around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Police found Augustine shot multiple times at the location along with a 23-year-old man who was critically injured.

Augustine’s homicide was the fourth in as many days, in what has been a particularly bloody end to what had otherwise been a fairly quiet month.

Incident upgraded
to attempted murder

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated an attempted murder in Metairie on Tuesday, but no details have been released on the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office initially reported a shooting around 7:19 p.m. in the 2200 block of North Arnoult Road in Metairie. In that incident, an unidentified man was wounded, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

About two hours later, the Sheriff’s Office updated its report to say the incident had been upgraded from an aggravated battery to an attempted murder.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman, did not have any additional details on the incident on Wednesday.

Man in wig, scrubs
robs Mid-City store

Police are searching for a wigged man who robbed a Mid-City store of thousands of dollars in cash and cellphones Tuesday.

The incident was reported around 3:45 p.m. near Bienville Street and North Jefferson Davis Parkway.

According to a video of the incident, the suspect entered the store while the clerk helped another customer and began brandishing a weapon. He demanded cash from the register and both the clerk and customer complied.

As the man fled, he also demanded two mobile phones still in a box.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police said the store has been robbed several times in the past few months.

The robber was a black man, about 5’7” tall, weighing 120 pounds, wearing a black wig, sunglasses, a white shirt and green medical scrubs. He also was carrying a white purse.

Home invasion includes violence

A home invasion in the 7th Ward left two men injured Tuesday night.

The incident was reported shortly before 10:48 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Galvez Street.

The two victims said they heard a knock on the door, and when one of them opened it, a masked, armed man forced his way inside.

The gunman kicked one victim in the face and struck the other with a handgun. He then demanded money and got several thousand dollars before fleeing.

Belle Chasse High School burglarized

Belle Chasse — The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for three burglars who broke into Belle Chasse High School last week and made off with televisions, cash and candy.

The incident happened on Jan. 24 around 1 a.m., according to Commander Eric Becnel, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Authorities believe the burglars entered the school through an open door or window. They then stole two televisions, cash and candy.

Surveillance cameras recorded the burglars brazenly walking through the school with the television, but they were wearing disguises to prevent identification.

Becnel said investigators believe the burglars may be students at the school.

Video of the incident can be viewed at the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

Fake stumble leads
to robbery by duo

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who used a fake stumble to rob a man on Bourbon Street on Tuesday.

Police say the incident happened around 8:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Bourbon Street.

The victim told police he was walking toward Canal Street when he crossed paths with two men. One of the men pretended to stumble into the victim and then wrestled him to the ground.

After the fall, the other suspect robbed the victim of his wallet, iPod and wireless phone.

The men then ran away on foot.

The first suspect is a black man in his 20s, about 6’5” tall with a stocky build and wearing a chef’s hat. The other suspect was a similar age, about 5’10” tall and slender.

Suspects arrested
in pizza robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s arrested two men who authorities said robbed a pizza delivery man this weekend.

Dale Square, 27, and Derick Jordan, 20, were booked with armed robbery in connection with the robbery Sunday. Square was captured Monday after he fled deputies during a traffic stop.

Authorities said Square and Jordan both admitted to committing the robbery.

Kenner man accused of child pornography

A Kenner man was arrested Monday after authorities say they found images of prepubescent girls on a computer at his home.

Jose Garcia Barillas, 45, was arrested at the Idaho Avenue home he shares with five roommates, according to Kenner police.

An arrest report states that Slidell police discovered Barillas’ stash of illegal material through a public file-sharing website.

When police searched the home, they say, Barillas admitted to downloading the pornography along with illegal music and videos.

Man comes to drug test with marijuana

A Metairie man was arrested on Tuesday after authorities said he showed up for a drug test at 24th Judicial District Court with marijuana.

Stephen Laird, 27, apparently tried to hide the substance in his shoe before dumping it into the trash outside of the drug test, according to an arrest report.

An alert officer spotted Laird behaving suspiciously, searched a garbage can and discovered the drugs, the report stated.

Laird was booked with marijuana possession.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau