Lake Charles hurricane evacuee arrested in connection to shooting near Canal and St. Charles streets

(Photo: Devin Levier | NOPD)
New Orleans Police arrested an 18-year-old Lake Charles man in connection to a Sept. 8 midday shooting near Canal and St. Charles streets that left one person dead and five people injured.

The shooting erupted shortly after 12:30 p.m. near the Starbucks and Rubensteins stores in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Officers from the Louisiana State Police and New Orleans Police that were on active patrol responded to the location after hearing gunfire and located one make victim with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim was identified as 37-year-old Lymon Brignac, of Lake Charles, according to New Orleans Police.

New Orleans Police initially detained two people, including Devin Levier, who was arrested on suspicion of illegal use of a weapon. His bail was set at $15,000. His next court date is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Magistrate Court M4 .

It’s not clear if the second person was arrested and charged with a crime. New Orleans Police have not released their identity.

Levier is Brignac’s son. Both the victim and the suspect are from Lake Charles and are believed to have evacuated the city due to Hurricane Laura, according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with additional information that can aid in this investigation is asked to call Homicide Detective Stephanie Gray at 504-658-5300 or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

NOPD searching for suspected thief who stole copper gutters from buildings on St. Louis, St. Phillip streets

A suspected thief was captured on camera ripping pieces of copper gutters from buildings in the French Quarter early Friday morning, according to New Orleans Police.

The suspect allegedly struck two different locations in a matter of minutes, stealing copper gutters from the sides of buildings on St. Louis and St. Phillip streets, incidents that were captured on surveillance camera footage released by the NOPD on Tuesday.

The first incident occurred at about 6:30 a.m. on Friday when the suspect was seen removing a copper gutter from a business in the 900 block of St. Louis Street.

Fifteen minutes later, the same person was seen again removing another copper gutter from the side of a building in the 600 block of St. Phillip Street.

Light scrap copper—which includes sheet copper, gutters and other unalloyed solids with at least 88% copper—fetches around $2 per pound in Louisiana, according to various indices.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

New Orleans Police search for Bourbon Street graffiti vandalism suspects

Surveillance camera footage that allegedly shows two suspects who vandalized the Cat’s Meow with graffiti on Saturday. NOPD contributed photo.

Two suspects are wanted by New Orleans Police for allegedly vandalizing several Bourbon Street businesses with graffiti on Saturday.

The two are wanted for criminal damage to property, according to NOPD Eighth District officials, whose area of responsibility includes the French Quarter protected historic district.

The suspects were seen on surveillance camera footage tagging several Bourbon Street businesses at about 1 a.m. on Saturday, according to New Orleans Police.

Several tags included the letters “BJF” and “Fos,” New Orleans Police said, adding that a female suspect wrote “Julia” on one of the buildings.

New Orleans Police on Monday released alleged surveillance camera footage of the suspects, who are pictured above.

The Cat’s Meow on Saturday. David Punch via Facebook.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced elected officials to shutter “nonessential” businesses, including the vast majority of bars and shops in the French Quarter, which would normally crawling with tourists — and cops — on a Saturday morning.

The vandalism appeared around the same time graffiti art from artist Josh Wingerter popped up along plywood window coverings in other parts of the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street, but aren’t included in the vandalism investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the identities and the location of the two Bourbon Street vandalism suspects are asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or call toll-free at 877-903-7867.

NOPD seeks help locating .40-cal pistol allegedly stolen in Feb. 25 French Market auto burglary

New Orleans Police are seeking help in locating a .40-caliber pistol allegedly stolen in a Feb. 25 car burglary near the French Market.

The burglary occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 25 at the intersection of Barracks Street and French Market Place when the passenger side window of a car was shattered and a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun was stolen from the vehicle’s center console, according to New Orleans Police.

The gun’s serial number is FXB5976.

The NOPD provided a photo (pictured above) similar to the one that was taken.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080, or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.