New Orleans-area cop briefs for May 16, 2013

Kenner police seek burglar’s identity

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a burglar who stole rims and tires from a car dealership.

Surveillance cameras recorded a GM pickup pulling up to Lamarque Ford, 3101 Williams Blvd., about 12:18 a.m. Sunday. A man got out of the truck, went through a back gate and took rims and tires from two vehicles, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a police spokesman.

The burglar is a black male, 6 feet, from 240 to 250 pounds and walks with a slight limp.

Ronnie Lamarque, who owns the dealership, had a production company produce a commercial featuring the surveillance video that he “plans to take viral” in hopes of identifying the burglar, McGregor said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jesse Johnson at (504) 712-2238 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police say drug deal led to fatal shooting

The alleged gunman who fatally shot a Kenner man in Gentilly following a drug deal last week has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder, New Orleans police said.

Darryl Watson, 18, reportedly confessed to killing Zachery Carpenter, 30, while detectives questioned him Wednesday morning, police spokeswoman Remi Braden said.

Watson reportedly opened fire on Carpenter, who was in his car, following a conversation about a marijuana sale at 10:50 p.m. Friday in the 4700 block of Elysian Fields Avenue, Braden said.

Carpenter’s car veered off the road and hit a tree at Sumpter Street and caught fire.

Police in the area saw the burning car, broke a window and pulled Carpenter out. The officers saw a gunshot wound to Carpenter’s head; paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.

Watson said he shot Carpenter because he bought drugs from Carpenter but did not think he would get the drugs, Braden said.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Watson’s home and found the handgun they believe was used in the killing, as well as a 12-gauge shotgun, shotgun shells, live cartridges for a 9 mm handgun and a 9 mm gun magazine, Braden said.

“Not even a week has passed since this killing occurred, and our officers have managed to book this suspect with murder, and take him off our streets,” Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a statement.

“Every officer involved in this case did an outstanding job, from Sgt. (Steven) Gilliam and officer (Steve) Nolan, who pulled the victim from a burning car, to Detective (Andrew) Packer, who was able to identify this gunman through investigation.”

Belle Chasse trio facing drug charges

Three 15-year-old sophomores at Belle Chasse High School face drug charges after Plaquemines Parish sheriff’s deputies found them in possession of drugs on school property.

A tip about drug activity at the school led deputies to the campus about 2 p.m. Tuesday, said Commander Eric J. Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

One student had Vyvanse and Concentra, Becnel said.

The two other students distributed the pills to the student twice during the day. The students confessed to possession and distribution, Becnel said.

Vyvanse and Concentra are primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and are classified as Schedule II drugs.

Two of the students were charged with distribution of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

One student was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a drug-free zone.

The Sheriff’s Office did not identify the students since they are juveniles.

Alleged bank robber nabbed in Quarter

Authorities arrested a man Wednesday who is suspected of robbing a Marrero bank a day earlier and a Gretna bank a month ago.

The FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Robbery Unit arrested Ronald Leach about 2 p.m. at Dauphine and Toulouse streets in the French Quarter, said Mary Beth Romig, spokeswoman for the FBI’s New Orleans field office.

A tip to Crimestoppers led law enforcement to Leach, Romig said.

Leach walked into the CapitalOne, 4601 West Bank Expressway, about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday and allegedly handed the teller a note demanding money and getting an undisclosed amount of cash.

Romig said investigators believe Leach also is responsible for the April 15 robbery of the CapitalOne branch, 91 West Bank Expressway, Gretna.

Leach will be booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail and appear Thursday in front of a federal magistrate judge, Romig said.

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the New Orleans bureau