New Orleans police and fire briefs for June 29, 2013

Armed robber leaves self-portrait behind

A man wearing a Jason Halloween mask held two people at gunpoint Friday morning, stole one of their cars but left his cellphone behind, with the screensaver set to a photograph of himself.

He later called police to report the phone missing and told them where to find him.

The incident began about 9 a.m. Friday, when 20-year-old Darrin Faciane approached two people in the 7900 block of Haney Drive, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

He allegedly pointed a gun at them as he ransacked their car hunting for valuables. He told the pair to get into the trunk, according to the NOPD.

“But one victim suggested that Faciane just take the car, and search through it at his leisure,” according to a statement from the NOPD. “Faciane agreed.”

Detectives found the car abandoned nearby, with an iPhone in the front seat that belonged to neither victim. Officers turned the phone on, and found that the screensaver was set to a photo of a man with a unique hairstyle. One victim recognized it as the hair of her robber.

A half-hour later, Faciane called the police and reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint and his wallet and cellphone were taken. He gave them his home address. Officers asked him to describe the person who robbed him, and he “described a person who looked very much like himself,” the NOPD wrote. They asked about the gun used, and he again described his own handgun, police said.

Police got a search warrant and found the wallet he reported missing under his bed.

Faciane’s criminal history includes battery, aggravated battery and disturbing the peace. He was booked Friday with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted kidnapping, auto theft and filing a false police report.

Man convicted of pointing gun at officer

A 49-year-old New Orleans man, already serving time in federal prison on a child pornography conviction, was convicted again in federal court Friday, this time for pointing an assault rifle at an off-duty police lieutenant at the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse three years ago.

David Hollingsworth was convicted of simple assault and sentenced to six months in prison, which will be tacked onto the end of the five-year sentence he’s serving on the child porn conviction.

About 10:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 2010, Hollingsworth, holding the rifle, told the lieutenant that his brother had died and he was ready to die, too, and be with his brother. The lieutenant offered to hold the weapon for safekeeping.

But Hollingsworth instead pointed the gun at the officer. The officer ran away and hid behind a tree, then escaped to a building and called security.

Two years later, in March 2012, federal investigators served a search warrant on his home and found 1,024 pictures and 32 videos of pre-teens involved in sex acts, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty to receiving materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and is serving a five-year sentence.

Sheriff hunts for
mini storage burglars

Burglars have raided more than 60 mini storage units in St. Tammany Parish over the past several months, and the Sheriff’s Office has found commonalities that could link the crimes.

On April 25, 27 units were burglarized at a facility on Brownswitch Road near Slidell. Two months later, on June 25, 36 more units were burglarized at another storage lot on La. 59 in Abita Springs.

That same night, two vehicles — a maroon F-350 truck and a white Econoline 150 van — were stolen from a nearby industrial park.

At both storages facilities, guns, tools and other stored household items were stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call either 911 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111 for a possible reward.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau