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.
The NOPD has arrested a 15-year-old male in the investigation of a homicide on April 19 at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street, near the A.L. Davis playground that claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy. At about 7:35 p.m. on April 19, NOPD Sixth District officers responded to the location and found a 14-year-old juvenile teen male having sustained a gunshot wound. The victim, Joel Nichols, was transported to a local hospital. On April 20, Joel died from his injuries. Sixth District detectives positively identified the 15-year-old juvenile as a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant on a charge of second-degree murder.
In New York, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit and even Jackson, Mississippi, crime and police reform have emerged as the go-to issues in the many 2021 races for mayor across the U.S.
As New Orleans’ crime rate continues to escalate and the federal consent decree lingers on, it’s expected that the New Orleans contest will fall in line along the same issues. “We have a rising crime problem. Crime in New Orleans needs to be an issue in the New Orleans mayor’s race,” said the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s Raphael Goyeneche. Announced City Council at-large candidates Kristin Gisleson Palmer and JP Morrell have already signaled their intent to significantly focus on crime. Statistics from the Metropolitan Crime Commission indicate that shootings have increased 132% from 2019 to 2021; that homicides are up 108%; and that carjacking has increased 173% during the same period. There have been 179 shootings, 77 homicides and 54 carjacking in 2021 to date. Numbers are expected to skyrocket during the warm summer months.
A man was killed in a double shooting early Thursday (May 6) in Central City near St. Charles Avenue, the New Orleans Police Department reported. At about 2:50 a.m., Sixth District officers discovered two victims with gunshot wounds – a male victim transported via private conveyance to a local hospital and a second male victim found at the scene. Medical responders took the second victim to the emergency room. One of the victims died at the hospital, police said, and the shooting was reclassified as a homicide.
The New Orleans Police Department arrested a suspect in a killing inside a Broadmoor home on April 22. Michael Kikuchi Jr., 33, was arrested the next day and remained jailed Wednesday (April 28) with his bail set at $500,000. He faces a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of John Robichaux, 59. Robichaux was found by Second District officers at about 6:15 p.m. inside his home in the 5500 block of McKenna Street. He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was not breathing, police said.