New Orleans police and fire briefs

Beating, robbery caught on video

Police are searching for three men who were captured on surveillance video early Sunday ambushing, beating and robbing a man who was walking with a female friend in the 400 block of Carondolet Street.

The victim and his companion can be seen in the video walking around 3:45 a.m. when a man approaches them and appears to position himself for a fight. Another man then comes up behind the victim and punches him in the head.

A third attacker joins in and the men take turns punching and kicking the victim while he is prone on the sidewalk. The suspects rifle through the man’s pockets, then flee on foot. The woman was not injured in the attack.

Police describe the suspects as follows: a 24- to 30-year-old man, roughly 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 190 to 210 pounds, clean shaven, with a green baseball cap, black T-shirt and black-and-white pants similar to those typically worn by cooks; a 23- to 35-year-old man, roughly 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 175 pounds, with dreadlocks, a white T-shirt and blue jeans; and a 30- to 35-year-old man, roughly 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a thin build, a bald head, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police investigate armed robberies

New Orleans Police are investigating a rash of armed robberies and burglaries Tuesday and Wednesday that included a stabbing and several large thefts.

The daily police blotter from New Orleans police was dominated by robberies despite the fact that it omitted the carjacking of Criminal District Judge Frank Marullo. Robberies, attempted robberies and armed burglaries were reported in the NOPD’s 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th districts.

The incidents began Tuesday morning with robberies at a home and a business. Police report that around 9:46 a.m., two men robbed an unidentified man at his home in the 2400 block of Allen Street, and then beat him before fleeing.

About four minutes later, police were called to the 3600 block of South Carrollton Avenue after a man walked into a business there with a shotgun stuffed into his pants. In that incident, the robber pulled the weapon from his leg, and robbed the business of $6,000, according to the report.

That afternoon, police handled an attempted robbery and stabbing on St. Charles Avenue in the Central Business District. In that incident, the victim said a man approached him demanding his radio before cutting him with a switchblade and fleeing on foot.

A few hours later, police handled a home invasion in the 10000 block of Curran Road and a robbery involving six victims near the corner of Grand Bayou Road and Willowbrook Drive in eastern New Orleans.

In the home invasion, police say two men forced their way into a home while armed with a handgun, and then robbed a man and woman. No one was injured.

In the second robbery, six teenagers reported being robbed of several cellphones by two men.

Roughly 15 minutes before midnight on Tuesday, police say a man and woman were robbed in the 1100 block of Casa Calvo Street in Algiers. According to the report, the man was robbed of $50,000 worth of jewelry along with cash by a masked, armed man who fled on foot.

Finally, on Wednesday morning shortly before 2 a.m., police also investigated a robbery and beating where a man was left wearing a cardboard box. In that incident, the victim said he was approached by an armed man in the 400 block of South Jefferson Davis Parkway.

When the robber waved a gun and demanded his property, the victim fought back. However, the robber eventually pistol-whipped the man, and then forced him to strip naked before fleeing on foot with his property.

Man stabbed in Harvey subdivision

An unidentified man was reportedly stabbed Tuesday evening in the Tallow Tree subdivision in Harvey.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the stabbing around 9:18 p.m. Deputies were called out to the 1100 block of Crape Myrtle Lane.

The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, and no other details about the incident were released.

Belle Chasse road
to close for flood test

Belle Chasse Highway near Oakville will be closed for about three hours Thursday while state officials test the area’s flood protection.

The Oakville Floodgate will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to both northbound and southbound traffic while workers from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development test the structures’ seals.

Traffic will be re-routed along the Mississippi River levee, although 18-wheelers will not be allowed.

Burglary suspect accused in thefts

A Kenner man accused of stealing tires and rims from a Kenner car dealership is now accused of similar thefts from a Harvey car dealership, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Jackie Williams, 49, was in custody in connection with burglaries at a dealership on Williams Boulevard. After a Sheriff’s Office detective viewed the video from those incidents, he determined Williams was connected to thefts at a Lapalco Boulevard dealership, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Williams was connected to the Harvey incidents through blood found at the scene. Authorities had been searching for Williams but were unable to locate him until after his arrest in Kenner.

Fortunato said Williams confessed to the thefts, which netted nearly $100,000 in merchandise, which authorities believe Williams was selling to co-workers.

Compiled by
New Orleans bureau