Two arrested after robbery near Harrah’s casino; NOPD seeks third suspect

A man and a woman were arrested, and a third suspect is still at large, in connection to an alleged armed robbery that occurred last week near Harrah’s casino.

Joshua Valteau, 31, and Samina Murshedi, 31, were arrested on scene following an armed robbery that occurred Oct. 6 at about 5 a.m. in the 200 block of South Peters Street, in the Central Business District, according to New Orleans Police.

Darnell Bullock, 28, was named by New Orleans Police as a third person who is wanted on suspicion of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

After an investigation, police learned the victim walked out of a Canal Street business and was allegedly confronted by two suspects, one of whom reportedly brandished a handgun and demanded property.

Detectives initially identified Valteau and Murshedi, who were observed leaving a local hotel, where they were arrested, according to New Orleans Police.

Valteau was allegedly found with a handgun in his possession when he was arrested.

Police searched the suspects hotel room after a search warrant was approved and discovered numerous plastic bags containing varied amounts of drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, heroin, Xanax and quetiapine fumarate, according to New Orleans Police.

Quetiapine fumarate, also known as Seroquel, is a prescription narcotic prescribed to patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and other psychiatric disorders.

Valteau was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of illegal possession of a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery; possession of drug paraphernalia; sale, distribution or possession of a legend drug; possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute; possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with intent to distribute; armed robbery; and attempted armed robbery.

Murshedi was also booked into OPJC on suspicion of armed robbery.

Anyone with additional information on this incident or on Bullock’s whereabouts is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 877-903-7867.

New Orleans Police identify man suspected in armed robbery near Harrah’s casino