Jun 132014

Marlon Kennedy (via NOPD)

Marlon Kennedy (via NOPD)

DNA evidence from a discarded T-shirt at a Magazine Street burglary scene has led police to a suspect in two other Uptown break-ins, New Orleans police said.

After a burglary in the 2900 block of Magazine in the early-morning hours of April 30, a white T-shirt was discovered on the kitchen floor, said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy. That shirt was sent for DNA testing, and the results were a match to 43-year-old Marlon Kennedy, Bardy said.

Kennedy had not been arrested as of Friday morning, jail records show. He is also a suspect in separate burglaries on Saratoga Street and Austerlitz Street, Bardy said, showing the benefit of extending DNA analysis beyond homicides into more routine investigations such as burglaries and robberies.

“A lot of what this police department is doing now is starting to pay big dividends,” Bardy said.

Police made another significant set of arrests Wednesday, when task force officers caught three people driving a stolen car, Bardy said. Officers near the intersection of Magnolia and Jackson spotted green Toyota RAV4 that had been stolen late last month from Esplanade Street, Bardy said, and when police tried to stop the vehicle near General Taylor and South Roman streets, all three bailed out and were caught after brief foot chases.

Among the people arrested were 20-year-old Tory Duncan and 18-year-old Shaquille Pittman, both of whom are very familiar to Sixth District officers, Bardy said. Duncan’s record includes burglary, theft and cocaine charges, and he was on probation until 2016 on a burglary charge. Pittman’s arrest record includes gun and drug charges, including an arrest last week on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm, Bardy said. The third arrested suspect was 19-year-old Kendrick Smith.

Finally, Darryl Toussaint was arrested on a number of narcotics charges last week after being stopped near South Saratoga and Amelia streets, Bardy said. On the evening of June 3, narcotics officers saw Toussaint acting suspiciously, stopped him and discovered a glass jar with marijuana and cocaine inside, as well as a digital scale and $510 in cash, Bardy said.

  • Merrymg

    Great news using DNA..
    Maybe finally it will be safe here.
    Along with the prevention of crime we need to give young people hope for their futures and have programs to keep the young off the streets and out of the drug culture. We also need to hold the parent responsible and let the community realize bad parenting what causes crime.
    Do you know where your kids are?