Job applications land burglary suspects in jail, and other New Orleans-area crime and fire news

Job applications land burglary suspects in jail

Two Harvey men were arrested for allegedly burglarizing a Belle Chasse business after they applied for jobs there, leaving personal information that led to their arrests, authorities said.

Dario Cobbs, 25, and Michael Forman, 19, were each booked with simple burglary, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said after the Aug. 26 incident.

An employee of a business in the 1100 block of Engineers Road said she found her purse and gym bag missing from the front seat of her vehicle.

A credit card that was in her purse had been used at a business in the 2100 block of Lapalco Boulevard in Harvey not long after the burglary.

The victim said about 20 minutes before the burglary, two men completed employment applications with her.

Detectives used the applications to identify Cobbs and Forman as suspects.

Cobbs met with detectives on Sept. 12 and admitted he and Forman filled out job applications on Aug. 26. When they left the victim’s business, Cobbs said, Forman stole her purse.

The two then went to a gas station on Lapalco Boulevard, where Forman used the credit card to buy gasoline.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office picked up Forman on a warrant for the burglary.

Forman told Plaquemines authorities that Cobbs gave him the card that was used to buy the gasoline.

Cobbs remained in jail Thursday on a $25,000 bond. He is on probation until June 2015 for a 2012 Jefferson Parish bank fraud conviction.

Forman also remained in the sheriff’s custody Thursday. His bond is set at $20,000.

Anyone with additional information on this crime or who might have been a victim of the thieves is asked to contact detective Brett Taylor at (504) 297-5270 or (504) 392-1692.

Fire officials report 7th Ward fire is arson

A fire Wednesday in the 7th Ward in which a New Orleans Fire Department captain fell and hurt his back was started intentionally, the department said.

The fire was reported at 7:51 p.m. at 1688 N. Claiborne Ave., a vacant, two-story, wood-frame duplex.

The unidentified captain was injured when he fell 12 feet from the attic, landing on the first floor and injuring his back, said Capt. Edwin Holmes, a Fire Department spokesman.

The captain was treated at the hospital and released.

Evidence at the scene led NOFD investigators to determine that the cause of the fire was simple arson.

Neighbors said that vagrants frequented the home.

Twenty-one firefighters had the one-alarm fire under control at 9:34 p.m.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the NOFD at (504) 658-4713. Callers can remain anonymous.

Man charged with murder in June killing

A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Tuesday indicted Roger Evans, 29, on one count of second-degree murder in connection with the June 20 killing of Donovan Johnson.

Johnson, 25, was found shot to death and surrounded by six shell casings in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Alex Kornman Boulevard in Woodmere. He lived on nearby Louisiana Avenue.

Evans, who is being held in jail, is from New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Judge Ross LaDart in Division O of 24th Judicial District Court.

Man punched girl, 2, in eye, deputies say

A Harahan man was arrested for cruelty to a juvenile after he allegedly punched his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter in the eye, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Shawn Terrington, 25, told investigators that the girl hit the corner of a table while he was watching her, according to an arrest log.

Terrington’s girlfriend claimed that the child fell down a flight of stairs when the family dog ran past her.

Doctors at East Jefferson General Hospital told detectives the girl’s injuries were not consistent with those claims.

Gretna man suspected of fondling 5-year-old

A Gretna man suspected of fondling a 5-year-old girl was booked with molestation of a juvenile, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest log.

The victim said that Santos Chun, 27, rubbed her genital area through her pants at least twice.

The most recent incident was Sept. 30, at which time the girl told Chun to stop, according to the arrest log.

Gretna police arrested Chun on Wednesday at the home of the victim, where he was renting a room from the girl’s parents.

Chun remained jailed Thursday on $150,000 bond, according to Sheriff’s Office records.