New Orleans area police reports for Feb. 22, 2013

Irish Channel
killing investigated

Police are investigating a homicide in the Irish Channel on Thursday afternoon.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at the intersection of Chippewa Street and Washington Avenue around 2:32 p.m., Officer Hilal Williams said.

They found an unidentified man with multiple gunshot wounds to the body lying in the middle of the street, she said.

Officers believe the man was initially shot while standing next to a vehicle in the area and then collapsed in the street.

No motive or suspects have been identified.

Coroner identifies homicide victim

A 21-year-old man killed in an early afternoon double shooting on Wednesday was identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office Thursday.

Chief Investigator John Gagliano identified Gerald Johnson as the man New Orleans police say was shot shortly before 3:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of Monroe Street.

According to police, an unknown vehicle drove up next to a car in which Johnson was stopped, and the occupants began shooting. Johnson crashed into a nearby home trying to escape. An unidentified man also was wounded in the incident.

Arrest made in weekend homicide

Police have booked a 21-year-old man with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting on South Galvez Street on Sunday.

Darrius Knox was booked Thursday and remains in custody. Police say a witness reported seeing Knox walk up to Carl Anthony May, 24, and shoot him. The witness was able to pick Knox out of a photographic array, according to court records.

Woman accused in December slaying

A 22-year-old New Orleans woman is accused in the shooting death a 28-year-old man last year.

Shelley Davis was booked with second-degree murder Wednesday.

Police charged Davis in the slaying of Morris Smith in the 8900 block of Olive Street on Dec. 12. Police said a witness saw Davis walk up to Smith just prior to his being shot. No motive has been released.

Woman accused
in shooting of man

Police arrested Kirchelle Fleming, 22, Tuesday after police say she accidentally shot a romantic partner during a domestic dispute.

According to court records, Fleming shot the 35-year-old man in Algiers because she felt he was making her look foolish by his association with multiple women.

The victim said that Fleming walked up to him, yelled out her concerns and then pulled a purple gun from her bag. Fleming pointed the weapon at the victim’s stomach, but didn’t shoot, the records said.

However, when the victim tried to wrestle the weapon away from Fleming, it accidentally discharged.

Fleming was booked with negligent injuring, illegal carrying of a weapon, aggravated assault and illegal use of a weapon.

Man accused in molestation incident

A 44-year-old man was accused of molesting two children after the children’s mother’s witnessed the children re-enacting an earlier sexual incident, police said.

Joe Tucker was booked with sexual battery, two counts of molestation of a juvenile and sexual battery.

According to court records, Tucker molested a 5-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl who confirmed each others accounts of the incidents. The molestation included sexual horseplay and masturbation, according to court records.

Police make arrest in 27-year-old rape case

New Orleans police have made an arrest in a 27-year-old rape case based on DNA evidence tested last year.

Police booked Troy Williams, 42, with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery in the incident which occurred in 1985. Police said that Williams, who was a juvenile at the time, pulled a woman into an alley at gunpoint and then raped and robbed her with another man.

The woman said she was walking to work when the attack happened.

Police were able to target Williams as a suspect after his DNA was matched through a national database. Earlier this month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that New Orleans had finally worked its way through an immense backlog of untested DNA evidence.

Authorities remove man from plane

A Patterson man was forced from a plane on Tuesday after the pilot and several passengers expressed reservations about flying with him.

Mohammad Deeb, 24, was attempting to catch a United Airlines flight at Louis Armstrong International, when the pilot on the plane contacted federal authorities.

The pilot said that he and other passengers were uncomfortable flying with Deeb and asked to have him removed.

Deeb became irate as he was being removed from the plane and was booked with disturbing the peace-drunk and remaining after forbidden.

Man accused in Social Security theft

A 40-year-old local man is facing as much as 10 years in prison after he admitted in federal court on Thursday to stealing his dead mother’s Social Security benefits, according to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office.

Lam Nguyen admitted to theft of government funds to U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval. Nguyen continued to accept and deposit benefit checks despite his mother’s death and used the money for his personal needs. He will be sentenced in May.

Physician sentenced for Medicaid fraud

A 57-year-old physician was sentenced to 32 months in a federal prison and ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution for widespread Medicaid and Medicare fraud on Thursday.

Dr. Yelena Ivanova was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, according to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office. Ivanova is accused of participating in a scheme to steer patients to clinics for unnecessary or unperformed medical care in exchange for prescription drugs.

The scheme involved recruiters who also were paid in narcotics, prosecutors say.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau