Man shot in the head in St. Claude and other police news

Two accused
of hiring hit man

Police on Friday arrested a man and woman accused of paying someone to kill the woman’s lover earlier this year in New Orleans East.

Khoi Quang Hoang, 35, was booked with solicitation for murder and criminal conspiracy, and Charity Nguyen, 35, was booked with principal to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 44-year-old Lien Nguyen. Nguyen was killed about 11:34 p.m. April 23 in the 4200 block of McCoy Street.

Police have said Nguyen, a Kenner convenience-store owner, 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 have said. The scene where his body was found was a short drive away from his home.

Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman, said Friday that Charity Nguyen and Lien Nguyen had a romantic relationship before the murder, which might have been requested for “possible financial gain.”

Detective Gregory Hamilton arrested Charity Nguyen and Hoang at a home in the 5400 block of Provincial Place. The gunman who killed Lien Nguyen remains at large, Robertson said. Police have said they are looking for a Nissan Titan pickup that was recorded leaving the scene of Lien Nguyen’s death that they believe the killer drove.

Man shot in the head in St. Claude

A 27-year-old man was found shot in the head and the hand Thursday evening in St. Claude, New Orleans police said.

The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Feliciana Street.

Police had no immediate information on a suspect. The man’s condition was not available.

Man shot to death
in Pigeon Town

A 30-year-old man was shot to death Friday afternoon in the backyard of a Pigeon Town home, police said.

Rickey Johnson died after someone opened fire on him about 2:30 p.m. behind a home in the 8800 block of Willow Street, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Witnesses told investigators they saw a silver 2013 Honda C-RV speed away from the scene after the shooting, said officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman. Roberston said investigators believe the sport-utility vehicle, with Louisiana license plate WWE 919, was driven by the gunman or gunmen.

Police did not immediately identify a motive in Johnson’s death.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call homicide Detective Andrew Waldron at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Men sought in pizza shop, bar robberies

New Orleans police are searching for men they believe are responsible for robbing a New Orleans East pizza shop and an Uptown bar at gunpoint this month. Both robberies happened in the early morning hours and included forcing employees into back rooms in each business while the robbers demanded cash.

The first robbery happened at 1:20 a.m. June 2 at the Dominos Pizza at 10500 Chef Menteur Highway.

In that incident, two men walked into the store and forced the victims into a room in the rear of the shop. Once there, one of the robbers put a gun to one of the victim’s heads and demanded that he unlock the safe.

Meanwhile, the second robber forced another employee into the kitchen and told him to open the safe in that room. When the employee told the robber he did not have a key, the perpetrator kicked the employee in the ribs. At that point, the victim grabbed the robber’s gun, which fell apart, police said.

The robber grabbed the pieces of his gun and ran out of the business with his accomplice, who had $815 in cash. The men got into a dark-colored, two-door vehicle and sped east on Chef Menteur before they turned left onto Hauck Drive, police said.

The second robbery happened at 4:30 a.m. June 13 at Cooter Brown’s, 509 S. Carrollton Ave.

Two men walked into the barroom and forced two employees who were cleaning the grill area into a back office. Once in the office the robbers forced one employee to unlock the safe, at which point the robbers ran away with $990. Surveillance cameras recorded the men running down Leake Avenue to Short Street.

One of the men wore a black ski mask with a white hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The other man wore a green-colored Halloween mask, a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with “California Berkeley” on the front, and dark pants.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the 7th District investigative unit at (504) 658-6077, the 2nd District investigative unit at (504) 658-6020 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau