Man survives shooting when gun jams and other New Orleans crime news

Man survives shooting when gun does not fire

A shooting incident that left two men dead last week in the 7th Ward could have resulted in a third death if a gun had not malfunctioned, according to a police report.

Just before noon on Sept. 9, three men who were doing electrical work at a home in the 2000 block of North Derbigny Street were getting out of a truck after having lunch when two other men walked up and began to shoot “without warning,” according to a police report filed at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Two men, Jose Bardales, 30, and Moises Hernandez, 46, were hit.

When a third man, who was not identified, tried to hide inside a pickup truck, Jeremiah Jackson, one of the alleged gunmen, walked to the truck, stood in front of the man and pulled the trigger, police said. The gun, however, did not fire, and the man was not injured. Jackson and his accomplice then ran away, police said.

Hernandez and Bardales died Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at Interim LSU Public Hospital from their wounds.

Jackson was arrested Sept. 11. He remained jailed Tuesday on two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.

Slidell police arrest man who fled twice

Prentiss Wallace, of Slidell, who slipped away from police twice in one week, was arrested at a Slidell motel Monday night after officers received a tip from Crimestoppers.

Police had been seeking Wallace since Sept. 1, when he got away from an officer attempting to make a traffic stop. Later that week, a Slidell officer who was conducting a narcotics investigation spotted Wallace, 29, and Leo Charles, 30, in a blue Nissan Xterra. The pair led police on a chase into New Orleans East, which ended when they jumped out of the vehicle and fled into the marsh at Michoud Boulevard.

A Slidell police K-9 unit was able to apprehend Charles, but Wallace evaded capture. Officers said they later found crack cocaine in the Nissan.

At about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Slidell police were told Wallace was staying in a nearby motel. Slidell police, along with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, surrounded the complex and arrested him without incident.

Wallace is in Slidell City Jail facing charges of resisting an officer by flight, aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a schedule II narcotic, following too closely, improper lane usage and failure to appear in Slidell City Court.

Bomb threat scam hits Mandeville businesses

Two Mandeville businesses received threatening phone calls Tuesday from a man with a foreign accent who said he would detonate bombs planted in the stores unless he was provided with cash cards, Mandeville police said.

The first call came about noon to a CVS Pharmacy on U.S. 190. The caller said he wanted $4,000 on a Green Dot MoneyPak card. The manager evacuated the store and called police. Mandeville police received another call shortly thereafter from a Kmart on U.S. 190, which had received a similar call.

Mandeville police said they determined that the calls were part of a national effort to get money from businesses and that the bomb threats were not valid.

The FBI’s Atlanta office issued a warning Monday about the scam, which has been reported in several states. Ten stores in Savannah, Ga.. received phoned bomb threats last week that involved demands that the store manager activate Green Dot MoneyPak cards and read the numbers over the phone.

To date, no explosive devices have been found anywhere in the country related to this type of threat, the FBI said.

Woman robbed of groceries, wallet

Three men robbed a woman of her wallet and groceries in front of her 7th Ward home early Sunday morning, police said.

The woman was getting out of her car in front of her home in the 1700 block of Abundance Street just after midnight when the men walked up to her. One man grabbed her wallet from her hands and took her grocery bags before all three ran away, police said.

All of the men are between 20 and 25 years old, police said.

One man is 6 feet 3 inches tall with braided hair and wore a dark, striped collared shirt, police said.

The second man is 6 feet tall, has twists in his hair and gold upper teeth, and wore dark jeans and a dark collared shirt.

The man who reportedly took the wallet and bags is 6 feet tall. Police provided no other description of him.

Gunfire wounds man Monday night in Harvey

Gunfire wounded a man late Monday in Harvey, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting happened about 11:57 p.m. in the 4100 block of Lac Bienville Drive. The man’s name and age were not immediately available, and his injuries were not serious, the Sheriff’s Office said.

NOPD, JPSO probe armed robberies

Authorities in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish on Tuesday were investigating a number of unrelated armed robberies:

Two men were robbed about 1:18 a.m. as they sat in their car in the 6500 block of Morrison Road in New Orleans East.

A man on a bicycle pedaled up to a man sitting on a bench in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue about 5:13 a.m. Tuesday, sat down next to the victim, pulled out a gun and demanded his property. The robber then hopped back on his bicycle and rode away.

Money Mart, 2010 Woodmere Blvd. in Harvey, was robbed at 8:56 a.m. by a man.

Authorities did not provide descriptions of any of the robbers.