Marrero man gunned down near his home, and other New Orleans crime news

Marrero man gunned down near his home

A 35-year-old man was shot to death early Wednesday in Marrero, steps from his front door, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responding about 1:07 a.m. to a call of shots fired in the 400 block of Westwood Drive found Watson Terrell face down on the ground across the street from his home, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Terrell was pronounced dead on the scene.

Boyd said that someone fired several shots at Terrell as he tried to run, but investigators did not immediately have a motive or suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man, 22, shot in Pontchartrain Park

New Orleans police were investigating a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Pontchartrain Park.

Someone shot a 22-year-old man about 2:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Prentiss Avenue, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.

The man’s injuries were not serious. Police did not immediately have a suspect or motive in the case.

Tulane student walking on Freret Street robbed

A Tulane University student was robbed at gunpoint while walking home from the Uptown campus late Tuesday night, authorities said.

The student was walking west on Freret Street about 11:34 p.m. when he saw a white Chevrolet Camaro or Pontiac Firebird Trans Am idling near the intersection with Lowerline Street.

The car turned onto Freret as the student crossed Lowerline. One man got out, walked up to the student from behind, pulled out a gun and demanded the student hand over his property. The robber then got back into the car, which sped away down Freret.

Tulane police described the robber as a black man between 20 and 22 who is 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build, dark complexion and short fade haircut. He wore a gray hoodie and might have a tattoo on his right cheek.

The driver is a man between 30 and 35 who wore a red baseball cap. Another passenger, who stayed in the back seat of the car, was described only as a man.

The car is thought to be a white 1980s or 1990s Camaro or Trans Am with two black stripes that run from the hood to the trunk.

Police investigate possible hit-and-run

State Police are investigating a possible hit-and-run along Interstate 10 near Slidell that killed an unidentified man sometime Wednesday, a spokesman said.

Around 3 p.m., a motorist noticed the body lying in the grass alongside the westbound lanes of I-10 approximately three miles west of the Mississippi state line, Trooper Nick Manale said.

Troopers are working to identify the victim, a black man approximately 60 years old, Manale said. Troopers suspect he may have been killed around 2 a.m. as he was walking near or on the white fog line on I-10.

Anyone with information is asked to call Troop L at (985) 893-6250.

Channel surfing leads to stabbing on Broad

Frustrated that someone changed the channel on a TV, a man pulled out a knife and cut the channel surfer, police said.

Police were dispatched Tuesday to a location in the 500 block of North Broad Street to investigate a report of a cutting.

The victim told police he got into an argument with a man after that man changed the channel on the TV while others were watching it. During the argument the victim fell to the ground and was struck several times on the arm, cheek and in the chest.

Police did not announce any arrests in the case.

Meraux vandalism suspects are booked

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators said they have arrested two men who allegedly damaged several mailboxes and parked vehicles, then tried to flee from officers.

The Sheriff’s Office said Jonathan Cross, 25, and Kory Mattox, 20, used a metal baseball bat to smash the mailboxes and damage the vehicles.

The men were stopped at Bartolo Drive and East St. Bernard Highway in Meraux early Sunday after a brief chase by deputies who spotted them based on a witness’ description of the car in which they rode.

They were booked with criminal damage to property and flight from officers. Mattox was released on bail. Cross remained jailed on a $4,500 bond.

The men are suspected in several vandalism incidents on Aramis Street, Judy Drive and Claiborne Street, all in Meraux.

At least six incidents were reported.