The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify and locate a man wanted for purse-snatching in the Central Business District.
According to police, at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Feb. 13, the suspect pushed a woman to the ground in the 800-block of Lafayette St. and fled on foot with her purse.
The man is described as being a dark-complected African-American in his mid-20s with a shaved head. His is about 160-170 pounds, 5-foot-10-inches to six-feet tall, and was wearing a black hooded jacket and black pants.
A Loyola university student was sexually assaulted in a campus parking garage by an acquaintance this past Friday, the university announced that evening in an e-mail sent by the campus police department.
The woman was assaulted at approximately 4:12 a.m. on Jan. 15 in the stairwell of the Freret St. garage, according to the university's statement. Loyola says the victim has identified her attacker, and the New Orleans Police Department is handling the investigation.
Loyola has released a series of safety tips to the campus community:
A man was found by a grass-cutting crew in the Lower 9th Ward around 3 p.m. today with multiple gunshot wounds, the New Orleans Police Department announced in a press release this afternoon.
The crew discovered the victim in a vacant lot at the intersection of Benton and North Miro Streets and immediately notified police, according to the NOPD. The man had been shot several times and was unresponsive when officers arrived, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Crime in New Orleans dropped nearly eight percent in the last quarter of 2012, and by one percent for the year overall, according to numbers released today by the New Orleans Police Department.
Murders and rapes dropped by 18 percent in the last quarter of 2012, armed robberies by 32 percent, auto theft by nearly 34 percent, burglaries by more than 13 percent, and simple robberies by more than two percent. however, instances of assault were up 16 percent, and thefts were up more than four percent.
A 34-year-old man was shot to death in Algiers earlier this afternoon, the New Orleans Police Department said in a press release issued by Officer Gary Flot this evening.
Police say the man was shot at the corner of Belleville and Opelousas Streets while driving a black Toyota Avalon at approximately 3:50 p.m. After being shot, he drove to the corner of Belleville and Slidell Streets and collapsed.
Authorities have released the names of the Chitimacha tribal police officer who was killed and the two sheriff's deputies who were wounded Saturday in shootings near a south Louisiana casino.
The slain officer, Sgt. Rick Riggenbach, was a four-year veteran of the tribal police department who also served 10 years as a St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputy. At a press briefing Monday, a Louisiana State Police spokesman called Riggenbach a hero whose actions prevented other people from being hurt.