New Orleans-area police briefs for Feb. 21, 2013

Barber booked in sexual battery of boy

A Gretna barber was booked Tuesday on a charge of sexual battery after he was accused of sodomizing a 5-year-old boy with a finger during a haircut on Sunday.

According to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Eric Brown, 52, was giving the boy a haircut when Brown pulled down the boy’s pants and put a finger inside of him.

The boy complained to his mother that his rear end was hurting, according to the report.

When his mother asked what was wrong, the boy told her he was “scared of Mr. Eric” and eventually told her that “he did it, Mommy. Mr. Eric stuck his finger in my butt.”

The boy’s mother took him to Children’s Hospital, but no information was available on his condition.

Brown remained jailed Wednesday with bail set at $100,000, according to JPSO records.

Student in critical state after shooting

A 17-year-old boy was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon after he was shot during an “altercation” near a Broad Street bus stop, police said.

Officers were called to North Broad Street and Esplanade Avenue about 2:15 p.m. and found the teen shot three times, said officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.

Witnesses told police there was an “altercation” among uniformed school students that preceded the shooting.

While the scene is two blocks away from John McDonogh High School, Robertson could not immediately say if the students attended that school, nor could he say if it was an argument or a fight that led to the shooting.

Investigators found a gun on the scene and took a 17-year-old girl into custody for questioning, Robertson said. The girl, however, was not a suspect, he said.

Man fatally shot
on Hollygrove street

A shooting Wednesday afternoon in Hollygrove left one man dead and another injured, a New Orleans police spokesman said.

Police found a 21-year-old man shot multiple times in a silver Nissan Altima after the car crashed into a residence in the 8600 block of Nelson Street, officer Frank B. Robertson III said in a news release.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Robertson said.

Police are waiting to release the identity of the victim until family members are notified, Robertson said.

A second man was wounded by a gunshot and is listed in stable condition at a Jefferson Parish hospital, Robertson said.

Police believe the shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Monroe and Nelson streets, Robertson said.

Two men booked
in May ’11 slaying

Two men accused of shooting and killing a 29-year-old witness to another murder they are alleged to have committed have been arrested.

Police said Jerel Clavo, 27, and Chris Williams, 29, were each booked with one count of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Aristotle Seals the night of May 18, 2011.

According to an arrest warrant filed at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Seals and another person were in Seals’ car at Allen and North Rocheblave streets in front of a grocery store in the 7th Ward when another car pulled up alongside them about 7 p.m.

Someone in the other car opened fire on Seals and his passenger, fatally wounding Seals.

The passenger escaped and was not injured, according to the warrant.

Authorities have said Seals saw Clavo and Williams shoot and kill Shane Bell on March 16, 2011, in the 2300 block of St. Anthony Street and told police that the two were responsible for Bells’ death.

Clavo and Williams remained jailed Wednesday on separate $500,000 bonds, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.

Man, 35, accused
of indecent behavior

A 35-year-old man is behind bars, accused of indecent behavior with a juvenile late last year.

Jose Ortiz was booked Monday with the crime, according to court documents.

According to an arrest warrant, Ortiz was at a home in the 7500 block of Forest Glen Road in eastern New Orleans when a 9-year-old girl was playing hide and seek with other children and hid in a room behind a chair.

Ortiz walked into the room and told the girl to sit on the chair, open her mouth and close her eyes, according to the warrant.

The girl said that at that point Ortiz began to undo his belt, and the girl ran out of the room to tell an adult what happened.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau