Feb 212019

New Orleans police are investigating an armed carjacking reported Saturday at about 1 p.m. in the 1700 block of Josephine Street.

A 61-year-old woman and a 43-year-old woman were in a 2007 Silver Acura MDX on Josephine near Carondelet Street when a man pointed a gun at them. He then demanded their purses and ordered them out of the car.

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Feb 202019

McKinley “Mac” Phipps, Jr. at Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility, 2015. (Uptown Messenger file photo)

McKinley “MAC” Phipps is currently serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, a crime for which he maintains his innocence. February 21, 2019 (this Thursday) marks 19 years he has been incarcerated behind the walls of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center.

BAR NONE, a multidisciplinary arts initiative that focuses on “transcending incarceration through the arts,” will host a community conversation about MAC, his impact, and justice for him on Thursday.

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Feb 192019

Norman Lee, 23, was arrested regarding a homicide that occurred near the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd and Freret St. on Feb. 17, 2019 (via NOPD)

On Monday (Feb. 18), New Orleans police arrested Norman Lee, 23, regarding the recent homicide near the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Freret St.

NOPD Sixth District officers discovered a 34-year-old male victim lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the head the day prior. Continue reading »

Feb 182019

(via NOPD)

A cashier in a Magazine Street shop was thrown to the ground last week while trying to prevent a shoplifting incident.

Second District officers are searching for four unknown suspects, pictured above, after their alleged involvement in the simple robbery.

The victim told police that on Feb. 12 at 2:50 p.m., she was working as a cashier at a business in the 5500 block of Magazine Street when three women and a man entered the business. Two of the women reportedly stayed at the front of the store while the man and another woman proceeded to the back of the store.

The reporting person told police that she observed the male with multiple pieces of merchandise in his hand. The subjects reportedly ran toward the door, at which time the cashier followed them and attempted to retrieve the merchandise. The man reportedly grabbed the victim by the neck and threw her to the ground while the women fled the scene.

The four fled the scene in a red Volkswagen Jetta, bearing temporary tag 18210590.

Anyone with any information regarding the pictured subjects’ whereabouts should contact Second District detectives at 504-658-6020. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-STOP.

Feb 172019

(via CrimeMapping.com)

Police officers found a man bleeding from the head in a pickup truck early Saturday in the East Riverside neighborhood. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The injury was later learned to be a gunshot wound to the head, and the incident was determined to be a homicide.

The Sixth District officers were responding to a call of a male down Feb. 16 at 7:04 a.m. in the 600 block of Austerlitz Street, near Annunciation Street. Continue reading »

Feb 152019

(via NOPD)

The NOPD is seeking to identify and locate an individual seen on video surveillance in commission of a package theft in the 1200 block of Broadway, near Tulane University, on Feb. 8.

At 2:27 p.m., the man shown at the right entered the enclosed front porch of the victim’s residence, the video shows.

He removed three unopened packages from the porch, then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

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Feb 152019

Michele Benjamin (courtesy of Loyola’s Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice)

After spending her entire adult life behind bars, Michele Benjamin learned Monday that she will be able to go free, the Loyola University Law Clinic has announced.

Benjamin, 41, was a teenager when she was sentenced to life without parole in 1996 for the murder of a German tourist in New Orleans.

The Loyola law clinic began filing appeals in her case not long after life sentences for juveniles were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012. That ruling, in Miller v. Alabama, was made retroactive by the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2016, paving the way for Benjamin’s release on parole.

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Feb 132019

Caleb Guy (via NOPD)

from New Orleans Police Department

The NOPD is seeking assisting with locating an adult male who has been reported as a runaway patient from a local hospital.

Caleb Guy, 21, who was committed to a hospital where he was undergoing psychiatric treatment, was reported to have escaped the facility and his current whereabouts are unknown. Continue reading »

Feb 122019

From left: Jamal T. Mitchell, Hassan K. Carline (via NOPD)

The NOPD is seeking assistance in locating Jamal Mitchell, 26, and Hassan Carline, 23, in connection to a homicide on Tchoupitoulas Street in November.

The above pictured subjects are not currently suspects in the shooting death of 23-year-old Glenn Curtis. However, detectives would like to to interview them and swab their cheeks for DNA.

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Feb 062019

(via NOPD)

The NOPD is investigating the theft of a package from a residence in the 600 block of Arabella Street that occurred on Feb. 2.

At about 11:30 p.m., a man, pictured above, entered the victim’s front yard and stole a package containing a suit case and dog toys.

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Feb 042019

At about 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2019, the pictured subject was observed on video surveillance walking on the right side of the victim’s residence, where he allegedly made entry to the victim’s property. (via NOPD)

The NOPD is searching for a subject in the ongoing investigation into a residence burglary that occurred on January 17, 2019 in the 2400 block of Eagle Street.

At about 11:30 a.m., the pictured subject was observed on video surveillance walking on the right side of the victim’s residence, where he allegedly made entry to the victim’s property. Continue reading »

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Feb 012019

Darius Tapp, 29 (via NOPD)

The NOPD has arrested a Gert Town man on illegal firearm possession charges.

On Jan. 22, NOPD Second District detectives secured a warrant for Darius Tapp, 29, after receiving numerous Crimestoppers tips regarding Tapp being a felon who was in possession of a firearm.

Tapp was located on Jan. 26 outside of his residence in the 3300 block of Fern Street.

Execution of a search warrant on Tapp’s residence revealed Tapp to be in possession of a loaded handgun, loaded assault rifle and a full box of ammunition.

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