New Orleans-area police briefs for June 11, 2013

Man on trial runs, captured quickly

A defendant who tried to escape from the Orleans Parish criminal courts building was arrested minutes after his attempted getaway.

Colin Bess Jr., 28, who was in court for a bond-violation hearing, ran out of the courtroom after he was ordered back to jail about 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

A deputy chased Bess, and other deputies fanned out in the neighborhood surrounding the courthouse at Tulane and Broad.

Deputies arrested Bess about 11:45 a.m. as he tried to get into his car, Gusman said in the news release.

Man caught, accused of exposing himself

A man accused of exposing himself to a woman in the parking lot of a Mandeville pizza store is in jail, booked on a count of obscenity.

Patrick Oneil McNally, 40, walked up to the woman in the parking lot of a Pizza Hut in the 3400 block of the East Causeway Approach about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and exposed himself, Mandeville police Lt. Gerald Sticker said.

The woman, who was getting into her car at the time, drove away and called police, Sticker said.

Officers who responded to the call found McNally still in the parking lot and arrested him, Sticker said.

He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the obscenity charge.

Rent argument ends in stabbing

New Orleans police arrested a man Friday night after he allegedly stabbed his roommate in the back during an argument about rent.

Willie Hollins, 32, and his 21-year-old roommate got into an argument about 10 p.m. in their apartment in the 10000 block of Curran Road in eastern New Orleans, according to a daily police log.

During the argument, Hollins grabbed a knife and allegedly stabbed the roommate in the back “several” times.

The victim was in critical condition at a hospital.

Information about what charges Hollins faces was not immediately available.

2 men shocked in accident in Kenner

Two men were critically injured Monday morning when they hit a high-voltage electric line in the backyard of a Kenner home.

Kenner police began to receive calls about 11 a.m. with reports about two men possibly being electrocuted in the yard of a home in the 400 block of Incarnate Word Drive, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Kenner police spokesman.

The homeowner told first responders he hired two men to cut trees for him.

While they were in the yard, they hit the power line with an aluminum ladder and both men were shocked and burned, McGregor said.

Both men were in critical condition at a hospital, McGregor said.

Man leaving casino robbed by gunmen

Two armed men robbed another man as he walked home early Saturday morning from Harrah’s Casino, police said.

The 45-year-old victim was walking from the casino about 5 a.m. when the robbers walked up to him at South Derbigny and Gravier streets, according to a daily police log.

The robbers demanded the victim’s money, then ran away once he handed it over.

Police did not provide a description of the robbers.

Marrero woman charged with fraud

A Marrero woman was charged Monday with financial aid fraud after she allegedly falsified college-loan forms.

Shanera Washington-Sylve, 46, is accused of filing Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms on behalf of her daughter from 2009 and 2013 and falsely stating her daughter is single.

Because of that, U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said in a news release, Washington-Sylve’s daughter fraudulently received $23,000 in Pell grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

If convicted, Washington-Sylve faces a maximum prison term of five years, a $20,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Deputies seeking 2 in armed robbery

St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s detectives are searching for two men they allege robbed a man at gunpoint during the weekend.

Jammal Calloway, 18, of New Orleans, and Regis Chatman, 21, of Covington, are accused of robbing the man about 5:45 p.m. Saturday in the Abita Nursery subdivision just outside of Covington.

The victim told deputies he was walking down Violet Street when the two men approached him from behind, pulled out guns and demanded his money.

The victim handed over his cash, and the robbers ran away.

Anyone with information on Calloway’s or Chatman’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Keith Canizaro at (985) 898-2338 or to call 911.

St. Claude homicide victim identified

A man who died after he was shot Saturday afternoon in St. Claude has been identified as Kevin Thomas.

Thomas, 43, was shot about 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of Mazant Street.

He died a short time later from multiple gunshot wounds, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in Thomas’ death.

Police seek suspect in east N.O. murder

New Orleans police are searching for a man they say kidnapped and killed a Kenner convenience-store owner.

Detectives hope someone can identify the man who was seen leaving the murder scene in a gray Nissan Titan pickup .

The murder happened about 11:35 p.m. April 23 in the 4200 block of McCoy Street in eastern New Orleans.

Police said the victim, Lien Nguyen, was abducted from his home in the 4800 block of Sandalwood Street.

A short time later, officers responding to a call of gunfire on McCoy Street found Nguyen with his hands tied behind his back and his $14,000 Rolex watch still on his wrist.

He had been shot in the head and chest, police said.

The suspect was seen driving the gray pickup on McCoy Street to Darby Street, then north on Darby Street to Old Gentilly Road, police said.

Nguyen and his wife ran The Food Express convenience store in Kenner.

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call Detective Gregory Hamilton at (504) 658-5300.

Man shot to death Monday in 7th Ward

A man was shot to death Monday evening in the 7th Ward, New Orleans police said.

The shooting happened about 5 p.m. near the corner of Pauger and North Prieur streets.

The victim, whose name and age were not immediately available, died on the scene, police said.

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the New Orleans bureau