New Orleans area police briefs for Feb. 7, 2013

Hollygrove man injured in shooting

New Orleans police are searching for suspects and a motive in a shooting Wednesday morning that left a man injured.

The incident was reported around 11 a.m. near the intersection of Marks and Hollygrove streets. The victim was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

Police did not release any information on the man’s condition.

Reward increased
in kidnapping, rape

Crimestoppers is offering $6,000 for information that leads to an indictment in a Garden District kidnapping, robbery and rape.

Crimestoppers Executive Director Darlene Cusanza said Wednesday that the increase is tied to an anonymous donor, and the fact that the case has generated so much interest. Police say that a 30-year-old woman was abducted by three men outside of her Eighth Street home on Monday and then driven around while the men sexually assaulted her.

The victim was dropped back off near her home, and the men stole her vehicle, police say.

Police say they located the victim’s silver Honda Accord on Wednesday morning in the 800 block of Dorgenois Street. The Sixth District commander also has beefed up patrols in the area with a dedicated task force, and the community already has private security patrols.

Man shoots girlfriend before killing himself

A Harvey man shot his live-in girlfriend multiple times Tuesday night before turning the gun on himself, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Adrian Adams, 48, died from a gunshot wound in a bedroom at his home in the 2700 block of West Catawaba Drive after he apparently shot his girlfriend three times during an argument, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman. The 34-year-old victim did not receive life-threatening injuries in the incident.

Fortunato said deputies were called to the home by children inside the home, who reported that an argument between Adams and the victim ended with gunfire.

Fortunato said the victim told deputies that Adams pulled out a gun during an argument and started firing at her. She ran outside, and Adams apparently turned the gun on himself.

The victim’s family declined to discuss the incident Wednesday afternoon.

Assault rifle, vest stolen from police car

A rash of vehicle burglaries in Marrero on Super Bowl Sunday netted a serious haul of dangerous weapons and gear from a New Orleans police officer’s vehicle.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating five different vehicle burglaries in the Audubon Oaks subdivision that authorities believe occurred in the early morning hours Sunday, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Fortunato said one of the vehicles burglarized was an unmarked police car belonging to a New Orleans SWAT officer.

That theft netted a fully automatic assault rifle, a handgun and a bulletproof vest in addition to flash-bang grenades and other items. Fortunato said all of those items were in the trunk of the vehicle, which the officer says was locked. The Sheriff’s Office does have some video surveillance from the area that shows two people believed to be involved in the incident, but their identity was not known. None of the vehicles that were burglarized showed any signs of forced entry.

New Orleans Police is conducting an administrative investigation into the incident because it is a violation of departmental policy to leave those weapons in a vehicle, said Remi Braden, a police spokeswoman.

Woman stabbed in face by acquaintance

Police are searching for a woman they say cut a woman across her face Tuesday night during a fight outside of a shuttered shopping center.

New Orleans police say the incident happened shortly before 8 p.m. in the 4300 block of Chef Menteur Highway in Gentilly. The victim told police she was sitting in a car when a woman she knows walked up to her and cut her across the face.

Police say the victim began fighting the assailant, and the suspect then fled the area on foot.

Man says he was shot during a drug deal

A local man told police he was shot while purchasing narcotics early Thursday morning.

The victim said the incident happened in the 3300 block of First Street shortly before 2 a.m. The man said he was in the area to purchase drugs, but the dealer pulled a gun on him.

When the victim fought with the dealer over the gun, he was shot once in the leg.

Teacher rebooked
in aggravated rape

An elementary school teacher accused of having sex with one of his students was rebooked with aggravated rape Tuesday.

Frank Norris, 23, had previously been booked last week with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile in the case that involved a student at Martin Behrman Elementary School in Algiers.

The victim told police that Norris began having sex with her in the school’s band room and in his vehicle in April 2010, and it continued for more than a year.

However police rebooked Norris after it was discovered that the sexual activity began when the victim was in sixth grade and only 12 years old. Louisiana law says that intercourse with a minor under age 13 can be classified as aggravated rape. Norris is being held on $50,000 bond.

Man accused of rape of 12-year-old girl

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office booked a Metairie man with aggravated rape Tuesday after he admitted to having sex with a 12-year-old girl for six months.

Reynaldo Garcia, 23, was arrested after the now 13-year-old victim reported the relationship to authorities. She said the two had intercourse numerous times over six months. When confronted, Garcia admitted to the relationship and said it ended about four months ago.

Man, 34, booked in beating at restaurant

Police arrested a man Tuesday after authorities say he beat an employee at a local fast-food restaurant after first stealing from a cash register at the business.

Michael Steward, 35, was booked with extortion, theft between $500 and $1,500, simple battery and criminal trespassing Tuesday, according to court records.

Steward apparently entered a Subway restaurant in the 200 block of St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday and then stole money from a cash register. When a 24-year-old female employee locked a door to prevent Steward from leaving, police say, Steward punched and kicked her until a passerby was able to stop the violence.

Steward had previously stolen a tip jar from the restaurant and had been banned from the premises, court records say.

Man accused of attempted burglary

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Gretna man Monday after authorities say he tried to burglarize a home and then pretended to be a concerned citizen when a deputy arrived.

A deputy was called out to the 800 block of Lawrence Drive after receiving a report of a burglar alarm.

According to an arrest report, the deputy was met by Brian Tidwell, who was walking down the driveway of the home and said he was checking on his friend “Mary” at the residence.

The report said Tidwell followed the officer into the home to make sure things were OK.

However, the deputy received a report that the home’s rear door had been tampered with and became suspicious of Tidwell. The deputy says Tidwell became belligerent during questioning, and they fought.

Tidwell was booked with simple burglary, two counts of resisting a police officer and battery of a police officer.

Police: Man lied about botched drug deal

A Metairie man is accused of concocting a story about being robbed and attacked in order to hide the fact that he was robbed during a drug deal, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

According to an arrest report, Donovan Krieger, 21, initially told police that an acquaintance beat and robbed him of cash and a cell phone. However, some of the details of Krieger’s statement changed under questioning, and he later admitted that a narcotics contact beat and robbed him during a drug deal. Krieger has a previous conviction for simple robbery in New Orleans.

Shooting, burglary suspect arrested

A fourth suspect in an aggravated burglary and shooting in Metairie last week was arrested Tuesday.

Jonathan Lopez, 25, was wanted in connection with a home invasion and shooting in the 6000 block of Rickey Street on Friday.

Police had already arrested two men and a woman in the incident. Lopez was found in Kenner with a hypodermic needle and narcotics.

Police believe the home invasion was motivated by an attempt to secure narcotics, and Lopez was found with a drug often used to treat opiate dependence.

Police are still searching for Carnell Robinson in the case.

Man, 28, accused
of stealing iron pipe

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Marrero man Tuesday after authorities say he stole 600 pounds of iron pipe worth $10,000 from a construction site in Belle Chasse last week.

Christopher Paul Schexnayder, 28, is accused of stealing the pipe from a construction site on New Orleans Street to sell for scrap metal, said Commander Eric Becnel, a sheriff’s spokesman. However, authorities say Schexnayder only received $48 for the metal.

Blood-alcohol test for driver released

Louisiana State Police say that a woman who caused a crash that shut down the Bonne Carre Spillway on Monday and killed two people had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit.

Blood tests for narcotics are still pending for Nechole Thomas, 26, of Houston, Texas, said Trooper Melissa Matey, a LSP spokeswoman.

Thomas is accused of killing Alice Young, 42, and Bryan Young Sr., 54, of Victorville, Calif., when she rammed into the rear of their vehicle as it was parked on the shoulder of the spillway. Police believe Thomas drove on to the shoulder as she was weaving in and out of traffic.

Thomas has been booked with two counts of vehicular homicide, reckless operation of motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated.

Police reports were compiled by Allen Powell II. He can be reached at apowell@theadvocate.com