NOPD announces arrests in Uptown homicide, shooting and armed robbery

The NOPD’s Violent Offender Warrant Squad arrested Armand J. Labranch, 57, on one count of second-degree murder in a Hollygrove shooting death. The arrest came in the investigation of a homicide on March 25 in the 3000 block of Eagle Street. Derwin Bernard, 32, died at University Medical Center from a single gunshot wound. Labranch remained jailed on Tuesday (May 10) on $300,000 bond, Sheriff’s Office records show. On May 1, Sixth District detectives arrested Tommie Allen, 51, on one count of principle to aggravated second-degree battery.

One woman arrested, another sought in disturbance at Half Moon Bar

The New Orleans Police Department obtained arrest warrants for two women — Johnquil Kelley, 25, and Alexis Linor, 24 — in an incident that occurred Saturday (April 23) at a bar in the Lower Garden District just off Magazine Street. Kelley was arrested on Thursday (April 28). They are accused of assaulting multiple people at the Half Moon Bar & Restaurant, 1125 St. Mary St. On Saturday, police said, two women created a disturbance over being refused service when they could not show identification.

Suspect sought in burglary on Magazine Street

Members of the New Orleans Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a business burglary that occurred on Tuesday (April 26) in the 1800 block of Magazine Street. According to investigators, the suspect arrived in the pictured truck and burglarized a Magazine Street business. The suspect used a four-way lug wrench to break windows before stealing several display items.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a Saints 51 Vilma jersey shirt, black pants, black-and-green Jordan 6 shoes and black-and-gold crown baseball hat. The suspect also has a flame tattoo around his left forearm and a tattoo of a bird on his right hand. If you have any information regarding this suspect or vehicle, please notify Detective Amanda Williams at, Sixth District Detectives at 504-658-6060, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.

NOPD announces arrests in violent crimes committed in Uptown neighborhoods

The New Orleans Police Department announced four recent arrests and a warrant issued in violent crimes committed in Uptown neighborhoods. Perry Briley Sr., 25, was already in Orleans Parish Justice Center when he was rebooked for murder on April 13. Briley was being held on one count of attempted second-degree murder, eight counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and weapons charges that included taking a firearm into a school. He had been arrested on May 13, 2021, in the shooting of Lamont Fletcher in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, near Simon Bolivar Street. On April 12, 11 months after the shooting, Fletcher, 48, died from his wounds.

Police seek vehicle in Hoffman Triangle double homicide that killed a 13-year-old boy

The NOPD is requesting assistance in locating a vehicle of interest in the ongoing investigation of the double homicide on March 15 at South Roman Street and Washington Avenue. A 13-year-old boy was killed in the shooting. The pictured vehicle, possibly a black Toyota Corolla or Yaris, was seen leaving the scene after the shooting took place. Detectives are seeking the vehicle and the occupants of the vehicle at the time of the incident. Anyone with additional information on this incident or on the whereabouts of the listed vehicle of interest is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Miles Guirreri at 504-658-5300 or call anonymously to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111.

Police seeking vehicle used in New Year’s Eve homicide

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle of interest in the investigation of a homicide on Dec. 31 in the 7900 block of Oleander Street. Corey Brown was struck in the back by a bullet in Gert Town, near Earhart Boulevard, when a gunman opened fire. Medical responders took Brown to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died. He was 21.

Police arrest suspect in July triple shooting that killed a woman

The NOPD’s Homicide Unit and Violent Offenders Warrant Squad arrested Dalton C. Bennett Jr., 22, on Wednesday (Nov. 24) in the investigation of a July homicide and triple shooting in Central City. During a search of the location where Bennett was apprehended, detectives secured four assault rifles, five handguns, several bags of narcotics and a large amount of cash and ammunition. Bennett is accused of opening fire at a group of people gathered on Rev. John Raphael Jr. Way and Josephine Street just after 10 p.m. on July 20. Danyell Fox, 38, was struck by the gunfire that also injured a 34-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man.

Suspect booked in 2018 mass shooting that killed three people on Claiborne Avenue

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting that killed three people on South Claiborne Avenue more than three years ago. Seven additional victims were wounded by gunfire in the triple homicide in the 3400 block of South Claiborne Avenue on July 28, 2018. Jamal Smith, 32, faces three counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the incident. Two men and one woman were killed. Two women and five men were injured in the gunfire.