In a separate case, a man accused of fighting a bicyclist last weekend in a robbery attempt on South Claiborne Avenue turned himself in after surveillance video caught an image of him, authorities said.In Tuesday’s robbery, the woman was walking home from a friend’s house around 2 a.m. when she was attacked from behind by two men in the 8100 block of Jeanette Street, according to a NOPD report. She heard them say, “Get her,” one hit her in the head with a blunt object, and they took her brown leather bag from her and fled, the report states.
The victim, Corinne Christenson, owner of New Orleans Paint ‘N Party, made it home where her son found her bleeding from the head on the bedroom floor later that morning, and she remains hospitalized for a fractured skull, according to a report by Thanh Truong of our partners at WWL-TV.In the Claibrone Avenue case, a man was securing his bicycle in the 8700 block when he was grabbed by a man who acted as if he had a gun under his shirt, and they began to struggle, police said. A second man joined in, spraying the victim with an unknown substance and hitting him as the first attacker demanded the victim’s keys. Both eventually left without taking anything, the report states.
Investigators obtained an image of one of the men, later identified as 44-year-old Demetei Lewis, who realized he was wanted in the case from news reports and turned himself in, police said. He was charged with attempted armed robbery and booked into the Orleans Parish jail, the report states.