Person-of-interest sought in Hollygrove homicide

The NOPD is seeking to locate and interview Ronald Burton, 41, as a person-of-interest in the investigation of a homicide on Oct. 10 in Hollygrove. In the 8800 block of Colapissa Street, near Eagle Street and Earhart Boulevard, Michael Allen, 45, was found with gunshot wound to his head. He was pronounced dead by medical responders at about 3:30 p.m.
Burton is not currently wanted in connection with this incident. However, detectives believe he has knowledge of information vital to the investigation and wish to question him.

Police Blotter: Shooting, two robberies in Fontainebleau, Garden District

A shooting and two robberies were reported Uptown over New Year’s weekend. A 68-year-old man was injured when he got caught in the crossfire Sunday (Jan. 3) during a shooting in Fontainebleau, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The victim was walking in the 3100 block of Broadway at about 4:40 p.m. when he saw gunfire coming from two separate vehicles, where the occupants were shooting at each other, police said. One of the bullets struck the 68-year-old in the arm, and he was taken to the hospital via private conveyance.

One suspect arrested, another at large in Christmas Day homicide

The New Orleans Police Department has arrested Danny Hunter, 34, and is searching for a second suspect in the investigation of a homicide that occurred on Christmas in the Leonidas area. At around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, NOPD Second District officers responded to a call of shots fired at the intersection of Monroe and Green streets. Upon arrival officers found the body of Anthony Bridges on the sidewalk in front of a home in the 1700 block of Monroe Street. Bridges was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man shot to death Christmas morning in Leonidas area

A fight between two men Christmas morning in the Leonidas neighborhood ended in a shooting death, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The men were involved in an altercation on Green Street near Monroe at about 9:30 a.m. when one of the men took out a gun and fired multiple times. The gunman fled the scene on foot. Second District officers responding to reports of shots fired found the victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead by medical responders.

Viewpoint: Could recent crime spike be a direct result of COVID-19?

I was walking my dog early one morning recently when I saw a man squatting down to look through the louver shutters of a home across the street.  When he saw me watching, he scampered away. Did I foil a burglary? Possibly. 

COVID-19 has created great unrest in New Orleans and it shows as a wide variety of crimes continue to increase. As should be expected, citizens in almost every neighborhood are frustrated and afraid for their safety. Like COVID-19 itself, we can only assume crime will get worse before it gets better. 

Sure, we can attribute many homicides to gang rivalries — but not all the car break-ins and other property crimes, muggings, domestic violence, and even yesterday’s theft of an Amazon truck.

Shooting injures two teens in Freret area

Two teenagers were injured by gunfire Tuesday night in the Freret neighborhood, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The two 18-year-old males were at LaSalle and Valmont streets at about 9:25 p.m. when they were struck by gunfire. The shooting occurred near Evans Playground. One victim was struck in the arm and leg; he taken to the hospital by the Emergency Medical Service. The other victim arrived at the emergency room in a private car.

NOPD arrests one, seeks two more suspects in recent string of armed robberies

The New Orleans Police Department has arrested one suspect and is searching for two additional suspects wanted in connection with a string of armed robberies and carjackings that occurred in the Irish Channel, East Riverside, Touro and Milan neighborhoods over the past month. The suspects are accused of involvement in six armed robberies and carjackings in the NOPD’s Sixth District from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11, police said. The first robbery occurred on Nov.

17-year-old arrested in brutal carjacking that left victim with broken bones and concussion

The New Orleans Police Department has arrested a juvenile suspect wanted for attempted murder and carjacking. On Friday (Dec. 18), the NOPD’s Violent Offenders Warrant Squad and the U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested a 17-year-old male on an outstanding warrant for attempted murder and carjacking. He is accused in a violent carjacking in the Leonidas area. On Nov.

Armed robberies reported in Lower Magazine Street area

The New Orleans Police Department reported two armed robberies within minutes of each other Friday morning. Both victims were women walking on or near Magazine Street. The first was averted Friday with the help of some bystanders in the East Riverside neighbor. A 42-year-old woman was in the 1000 block of Aline Street, near Magazine, at about 8 a.m. when a man approached her from the side, pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse. She refused to turn it over to him.

Man shot to death in Milan neighborhood

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Saturday night (Dec. 12) near the intersection of Milan and Willow streets. At 8:47 p.m., Second District officers responded to reports of shots fired at the location. Upon arrival, officers discovered a Cantrell Livas suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical responders pronounced Livas dead at the scene.