New Orleans area police briefs for May 5, 2013

Man wearing ankle monitor shot dead

New Orleans police investigated the shooting death of a 27-year-old man whose body was found about noon Saturday in the 1800 block of Conti Street.

Neighbors heard multiple gunshots and officers arrived to find a man, whose identity has not been released yet pending notification of family, lying on the sidewalk, shot multiple times and wearing an ankle monitor, police spokesman Officer Frank B. Robertson said in a news release.

He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police do not have a motive yet, Robertson said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Domestic dispute results in shooting

New Orleans police searched Saturday for a man they say shot two people Friday night in a domestic dispute.

Officer Frank B. Robertson III said police believe Lawrence Bell, 51, shot a man and woman in a residence in the 3000 block of Wall Avenue at about 11 p.m. Friday.

He fled before police arrived. Both victims were transported to a hospital where they are both listed in critical condition.

Bell will be booked with two counts of attempted second-degree murder when he is arrested, Robertson said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police hunt man in Canal Street robbery

New Orleans police detectives began a search Friday for a man suspected of robbing at least two people Monday at the intersection of Canal and South Lopez streets.

The robber — a slim, dark-skinned black man in his late 20s, standing about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds — walked up to the victims at 9:30 p.m. with his hand in his pants and demanded their “property,” according to a news release by New Orleans police.

The victims gave him what he wanted, then ran in the direction he told them to go, while he ran west on South Lopez and jumped into a waiting car, possibly a silver-colored sedan, the release says.

The robber has an acne scar on his jaw and cheecks and was wearing a black T-shirt and hat, dark jeans and light-colored boxer shorts, the release says.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact First District Detective Thomas Ripp at (504) 658-6010 or call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Motorcycle rider killed in Algiers crash

A motorcyclist died Friday in Algiers after he collided with a sport utility vehicle that was turning left onto a side street.

The driver of the Chevrolet HHR traveled east on General Meyer Avenue and was attempting to turn left onto Odeon Street when a motorcyclist driving west on General Meyer collided with the SUV and was ejected, New Orleans police spokesman Officer Frank B. Robertson III said in a news release.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman driving the SUV was not injured.

Toxicology tests will be performed, but the driver of the SUV was not arrested, nor did she receive a citation.

Kenner argument escalates into killing

A 75-year-old man surrendered to Kenner police Friday in the shooting death of a 27-year-old River Ridge man at Performance Automotive in Kenner.

The victim, Shane Vicknair, 27, was found shot to death at 10 a.m. at the business, 2416 Connecticut Ave., by a man driving a blue Chevrolet pickup truck, police Sgt. Brian McGregor said in a news release.

Hours after the shooting, Roger Batiste, 1122 Batiste Lane, LaPlace, surrendered to police with his attorney present and also turned in a gun allegedly used in the shooting, McGregor said.

Batiste was booked with second-degree murder, but no bond has been set, McGregor said.

The motive seems to be an argument that escalated, McGregor said.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau.