New Orleans-area police briefs for April 18, 2013

Man, 51, killed in Hollygrove shooting

A 51-year-old man died from a gunshot wound to the face in Hollygrove on Tuesday.

Oliver Wicker was found near the intersection of Gen. Ogden and Olive streets at about 8:50 p.m., said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Officers were responding to a report of shots fired when they found Wicker lying on a sidewalk. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.

Car’s driver shot
by man on bicycle

A 22-year-old man said he was shot by a bicyclist while waiting at a red light on Monday evening.

The victim said he was stopped at North Miro Street and St. Bernard Avenue at around 7:15 p.m. At that point, police said, an unidentified man on a bicycle rode up to the victim’s car and opened fire on him. The victim was hit in the arm, and drove himself to a local hospital.

Police destroy case
left at post office

Mandeville police shot an abandoned briefcase found at a post office after Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing left law enforcement officials on high alert.

Police shot the briefcase with a shotgun after it was discovered in a garbage can outside of a post office at 1 Saint Ann Drive on Monday morning, according to Lt. Gerald Sticker, a police spokesman.

Before blasting the suitcase, police tried to take X-rays of the container and evacuated several buildings in the area, Sticker said.

Police later learned that a local man threw away the bag and only realized the uproar his disposal caused when he saw the bag being destroyed on television.

Robberies probed
in Quarter, Tremé

Police are investigating three robberies in Tremé and the French Quarter, including an incident in which a woman was choked and robbed near Bourbon Street and Esplanade Avenue.

In the Bourbon Street incident, the victim told police that a man came up to her and grabbed her neck at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. The victim also reported that she thought she felt a gun during the encounter. When the robber demanded the woman’s purse, she complied and the robber fled.

At around 2 p.m. Tuesday, a man and woman reported being robbed at gunpoint at Esplanade Avenue and North Villere Street.

Shortly after midnight, police also investigated a robbery in the 700 block of Burgundy Street. In that incident, two men said they were walking in the area when an armed man approached them and demanded money.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau