Five robberies, an attempted carjacking and a stabbing were reported to the New Orleans Police Department over the weekend.Around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday (June 10), a man and a 54-year-old woman were in an argument in the 8600 block of Oleander Street when the man hit the woman in the face repeatedly. He then grabbed her phone out of her pocket and ran away. On Saturday (June 12) a 28-year-old man was working in the 4000 block of South Robertson Street. He went back to his car around 5 p.m. and was approached by two other men. One of them pulled a gun and demanded he hand over his car keys and other property, so he did so.
A carjacking, stabbing, shooting and armed robbery were reported in Uptown neighborhoods during the past week. The carjacking occurred Thursday (June 10) in the 4400 block of Washington Avenue. The victim, a 28-year-old man, had started his vehicle at about 11:30 p.m. and decided to run back into his residence. As he was getting out of the car, a man walked up and pushed him to the ground, according to a report from the New Orleans Police Department. The assailant grabbed the victim’s keys and drove off in his white 2014 Hyundai Elantra with Louisiana license plate 338 ENK.
NOPD Seventh District officers arrested a 15-year-old male on June 6 linked to a weekend 10-hour crime spree that included incidents that occurred Uptown on South Claiborne Avenue. He was arrested in New Orleans East in connection to an armed robbery in the 5800 block of Read Boulevard. The Seventh District detectives determined the juvenile is a suspect in a crime spree that stretched from Saturday (June 5) to Sunday (June 6).
Two incidents connected to the juvenile occurred near South Claiborne and Jackson avenues.
Two 21-year-old women were kidnapped in the 2100 block of South Claiborne over the weekend in one of the crimes linked to the juvenile. NOPD reports that the kidnapper demanded the victims drive him to a location in New Orleans East. Once they arrived, he reportedly robbed the victims of their cash and fled.
A hit-and-run vehicle crash at the intersection of South Claiborne and Jackson avenues is also connected to the juvenile.
Police also accused the juvenile of multiple incidents in New Orleans East, including an armed robbery in the 4500 block of Michoud Boulevard and an attempted armed carjacking in the 5800 block of Read Boulevard.
Operation Golden Eagle, the new collaborative partnership between the Louisiana State Police and the New Orleans Police Department, began Tuesday (June 1). Though Mayor LaToya Cantrell is unable to quantify exactly how many state troopers are participating, both she and NOPD Superintendent Shaun D. Ferguson are quick to note that the emphasis is on “constitutional policing.” The State Police officers will also be working in crime-ridden neighborhoods outside the French Quarter.
In the aftermath of the revelations about Ronald Green’s beating death by State Police officer Lt. John Clary in 2019, some Black leaders are fearful of State Police presence in New Orleans this summer. State troopers attempted to pull Greene over for an unspecified traffic violation on a dark, rural roadside outside of Monroe. After a high-speed chase, Greene was shackled, put in a chokehold, punched, dragged and prodded repeatedly with a stun gun. The Louisiana State Police covered up that night’s details for almost two years.
New Orleans had its own police brutality and cover-up problems just after Hurricane Katrina, as seen in the police shootings on the Danzinger Bridge. In the months surrounding the storm, citizens relied on and needed the NOPD to restore order and prevent looting.
Two shootings, a stabbing and a robbery are among the crimes reported in Uptown neighborhoods during the past week. A triple shooting occurred Tuesday (June 1) evening in Central City. A 33-year-old man, a 25-year-old man and a teenager were at Jackson Avenue and South Saratoga Street at about 7 p.m. when a man walked up and began firing a gun. All three victims were struck. The Emergency Medical Service took two of the victims to the emergency room, and a third arrived in a private vehicle.
The New Orleans Police Department has obtained arrest warrants in two crimes committed in Uptown neighborhoods. Kevin Lee, 43, is wanted for a vehicle theft that occurred on May 4. Lee is accused of taking an acquaintance’s car keys after she fell asleep around 2:30 a.m. Her Honda SUV was stolen from the 3700 block of South Roman Street. On May 23, NOPD Sixth District detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Darryl Jones, 33, for aggravated battery by shooting and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. A photo of Jones was not available, police said.
A man and woman were carjacked Monday night on Magazine Street and two men were robbed in separate incidents Sunday night on South Claiborne Avenue, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The carjacking occurred Monday (May 24) in the 2200 block of Magazine Street, near Jackson Avenue. The victims were a man, 53, and a woman, 23. The 53-year-old was in a Toyota Camry at about 9:30 p.m. when a man entered the car through driver’s door while another man punched him in face. The man was thrown out of the driver’s seat, and the two carjackers drove away in the victims’ white 2014 Toyota Camry with Louisiana license plate YMB 725.
A woman was carjacked on St. Charles Avenue and another was robbed on Thursday (May 20), the New Orleans Police Department reported. The carjacking occurred at 8:44 p.m. in the 2200 block of St. Charles, near Jackson Avenue. The carjacker demanded the keys from the 58-year-old victim, and she complied.
The New Orleans Police Department has reported an armed robbery in the Lower Garden District and a shooting in the Irish Channel. A woman was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday (May 19) night. The 22-year-old victim was in the 900 block of Race Street at 9:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man carrying a rifle. He demanded her money, and she complied. A 44-year-old woman was injured in a shooting early Tuesday (May 18) in the 3300 block of Chippewa Street.
The New Orleans Police Department is seeking two suspects in unrelated armed robbery investigations in the Second District, including one dating back to November 2020. On May 10 at about 1 a.m., officers responded to an armed robbery call in the 8100 block of Oak Street. During the incident, a man armed with a handgun stole a rifle from the victim while holding him at gunpoint. Detectives have identified Randy Lewis, 30, as a suspect in the Oak Street robbery. An arrest warrant was obtained for Lewis’ arrest on a charge of armed robbery.