FBI searches for man who robbed CBD bank and other New Orleans area police news

Authorities are searching for a man they say robbed a Central Business District bank on Wednesday morning.

The man walked into the Crescent Bank and Trust, 1100 Poydras St. at Loyola Avenue, about 10:15 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money, said Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s New Orleans office. The man walked out of the bank with an unknown amount of cash and headed toward South Rampart Street, Romig said.

The FBI described the man as being in his 50s with a slender-to-average build. He wore a gray, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He also had on reading glasses and a dark Saints hat.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call the FBI at (504) 816-3000 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

The Metropolitan Orleans Bank Security Association is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the man.

N.O. police investigate Monday night rape

New Orleans police are investigating the rape of a woman Monday night.

Police said the woman was in a hotel room when she heard “multiple” men’s voices about 10:30 p.m. The men then raped her, according to a preliminary police log.

Police could not immediately say if the woman let the men into the room or if they forced their way in, nor could police say if the victim and men knew each other.

The woman reported the incident Tuesday evening. The location where police said the rape happened is in the 1900 block of Delachaise Street, though that area is largely residential, with only a handful of corner stores and the campus of Walter L. Cohen High School nearby.

SUV hits school bus; 10 children examined

Ten children were brought to local hospitals Wednesday evening after their school bus collided with a sport-utility vehicle that ran a stop sign.

About 4:30 p.m., a Volkswagen SUV on Gravier Street tried to cross South Broad Street when it hit the bus, said Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.

The bus carried 23 students from Lafayette Academy Charter School, said Mickey Landry, executive director of the Choice Foundation, which operates the school.

The students who went to the hospitals were brought there mainly as a precautionary measure, Landry said. The bus driver was also brought to a local hospital after complaining of neck injuries, Robertson said.

None of the injuries were serious, Landry said.

The driver of the SUV was cited for improper starting, Robertson said.

Police seek person of interest in Algiers killing

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who might have information about a murder earlier this year in Algiers.

Police said Joe Gray is not a suspect in the death of Vin Jackson but that they would like to speak with him.

Jackson was found shot about 9:10 p.m. July 5 in the 1700 block of Elizardi Boulevard. He later died at the hospital.

Homicide Detective Robert Bachelder is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-5324. Anyone with information about Gray’s whereabouts can also contact Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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the New Orleans bureau