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One teen already in custody has been identified as a participant in a home invasion last month on Adams Street, and another is being sought for a similar case on Broadway — clearing four of five home invasions in the Carrollton area, New Orleans police said.

In the Adams Street case, two men were robbed — and one was pistol whipped — by intruders who took their money and electronics from a home in the 1800 block of Adams on April 8, according to reports at the time.

The Adams Street case took place shortly after several women were tied up in their house and robbed at gunpoint on nearby Panola Street on April 4, and a day before 21-year-old James Johnson was caught in the act of a home invasion and rape on Hickory Street, police have said. Johnson subsequently confessed to his involvement in the Panola case as well, and investigators then identified two accomplices, 17-year-old Aaron Johnson and 18-year-old Kevin Johnson, police said.

Detectives then returned for a followup interview with a victim in the Adams Street case, and he told them he recognized Aaron Johnson from the media coverage of the nearby cases as one of his attackers, according to court records. On Monday, police added an additional charge of aggravated burglary to the charges of armed robbery, false imprisonment and aggravated burglary that Johnson was already facing, jail records show.

In the Broadway Street case, the victim was held at gunpoint April 18 in a home on Broadway near Spruce Street by intruders who searched his house, police said at the time. On Wednesday, police announced that they have obtained an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Jonathan Williams in that case, though he remains at large as of Thursday afternoon.

The Carrollton neighborhood experienced a total of five home-invasion cases between April 2 and April 18, but the most recent charges filed clear four of them. The investigation continues into the only unsolved case of the group, the April 2 attack on a woman on Green Street by a man who attempted to strangle her, police said.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Jonathan Williams or with information relating to any of the other cases is urged to call Second District detectives at 658-6020 or to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

Second District detectives also announced arrests in a number of other recent cases this week:

  • Following the thefts Saturday of a Maserati, Land Rover and Audi from Webster and Coliseum Streets — each of which had the keys left inside overnight — patrol officers spotted the Audi on the road downtown and tried to stop it, police said. After a brief chase, 17-year-old Devin Rhinehart was arrested, and investigators now believe he may have been involved in as many as four car thefts in the Uptown area, police said.
  • Shannon Dowling, 46, has been identified as having broken into a restaurant in the 300 block of Arabella Street on April 21, and he is wanted on a burglary charge from that case as well as on a previous burglary warrant from 2013, police said.
  • Two juvenile suspects were identified in an attempted armed robbery April 23 at the intersection of South Carrollton and Earhart, police said. One has already been brought into custody, and the other is still at large, police said.

Because so many of the Uptown auto thefts and break-ins involve vehicle that were unlocked, police also issued another reminder to residents this week to lock their doors:

The Second District has had a recent rash of automobile burglaries and automobile thefts mainly occurring south of St. Charles Avenue, from Napoleon to Broadway. The majority of the automobile burglaries involve unsecured vehicles (unlocked) and have had no items taken; the interiors are rummaged through. With this in mind, it appears that the perpetrators are looking for car keys (valet keys), and have been successful in stealing the vehicles once the key is located.

In an attempt to prevent the citizens of the Second District from becoming victims, please remove your valuables from within your vehicles, lock your car doors, use your alarm systems, and remove all keys from within your vehicles.

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