New Orleans-area cop briefs for May 22, 2013

JPSO investigates 2 homicides in Harvey

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating two homicides that occurred late Monday on the West Bank. In both instances the victims were found shot to death.

The first shooting happened about 10:15 p.m., said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire and a man shot in the 3700 block of Longleaf Drive found spent shell casings on the ground next to a car and spotted a trail of blood that led to an open field, around the corner in the 2200 block of Alex Kornman Boulevard.

Officers found Larry Wix, 32, of Harvey, in the grass, Fortunato said. Wix, who had been shot, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigators were called to the second killing at about 11:50 p.m.

Officers responding to a report of a man shot in front of a home in the 3800 block of Cimwood Drive found a man lying in the driveway.

The man, identified as 23-year-old Robert Casbon, was shot once in the chest, Fortunato said. Casbon died at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at Interim LSU Public Hospital.

Family members told police that Casbon was sitting in his garage drinking with two men they did not know before the shooting happened, Fortunato said. After hearing a gunshot, the relatives went into the garage and found Casbon on the ground with a gunshot wound; the two men were gone.

The Sheriff’s Office did not immediately have any information on a motive or suspects in either case.

Anyone with information about these homicides is asked to call the homicide division at (504) 364-5300 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Argument leads
to stabbing on Canal

An argument early Tuesday outside of Harrah’s Casino on Canal Street landed one person in the hospital with a stab wound to the chest, police said.

The victim, who was not identified, got into an argument with another person about 3:14 a.m., according to a daily police log. That argument turned physical and the victim was stabbed in the chest. The victim was in critical condition at a local hospital, according to the police log.

Police did not release any information on a suspect.

Retirement home staffer arrested

A woman who worked at a Slidell retirement home has been arrested for allegedly stealing from residents.

Stephanie Ducre, 52, is accused of stealing jewelry from residents’ rooms, Slidell Police Department spokesman Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said.

All of the victims were upward of 89 years old, Seuzeneau said.

Investigators found Ducre had recently been selling jewelry and a digital camera to pawn shops in the Slidell area, Seuzeneau said.

One of the victims who owned the stolen camera has memory loss and would look at the pictures on her camera to help bring back her memories, Seuzeneau said.

While most of the stolen property has been recovered, Seuzeneau said, several pieces of jewelry are still missing. Those pieces might have been melted into scrap gold, he said.

Ducre is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a $25,000 bail. She was booked on four counts of exploitation of the infirm, four counts of theft by fraud and four counts of theft of assets of an aged person.

“There are special laws in place, that have enhanced penalties, which are used to protect our elderly citizens,” Chief Randy Smith said. “We want this to be a strong message that taking advantage of the elderly citizens in our community will not be tolerated.”

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau