NOPD arrests man accused of attacking St. Louis Market employee

Video surveillance footage of the May 20 incident provided by the NOPD.
New Orleans Police on Monday said they’ve arrested a 22-year-old man accused of attacking an employee at the St. Louis Market in the French Quarter.

Brandon Mitchell was arrested on Monday and booked into the Orleans Justice Center on suspicion of one count of battery, according to the NOPD. Officials said the incident occurred on May 20 in the 700 block of St. Louis Street, where Mitchell entered the business and attacked the male employee from behind before dragging the employee outside and continued to hit the victim with his fist.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD at 504 821-2222.

4 sought in Bienville Street parking garage burglaries, NOPD says

Surveillance camera footage provided by the NOPD.
New Orleans Police are seeking the identities of four males who burglarized several vehicles while armed with firearms in a Bienville Street parking garage last week, according to officials.

Eighth District police said the incident occurred at about 4:40 a.m. on May 16 in the 600 block of Bienville Street, where video surveillance showed four males armed with handguns and rifles enter a parking garage before breaking into several vehicles.

The suspects were in a stolen gray Nissan Altima with Texas license number HSN0410, which was reported stolen from the 1,000 block of South Peters Street and later recovered at an unlisted location in the Second District, according to the NOPD.

Anyone with information as to the identity of these subjects or other information about this incident is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.

Pair sought in suspected pickpocket incident near Bourbon, Iberville streets

NOPD says these two people were involved in a pickpocket incident on May 2.
Pickpocket alert!

New Orleans Police are searching for a male and female couple they say took a male victim’s cellphone and wallet in a pickpocket incident near the intersection of Bourbon and Iberville streets on May 2.

The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. near the intersection, where the male victim was standing and was approached by an unknown Black female, who was observed on surveillance camera footage rubbing on him and then going through his pockets, according to the NOPD.

Police said the female stole the victim’s cell phone and wallet, which she placed “into the rear of her pants.” Shortly afterward, a Black male suspect was observed reaching into the rear of the Black female’s pants and taking the stolen property before walking away, according to the NOPD.

Anyone who knows the identity of the alleged suspects is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.

NOPD seeks male on yellow bike accused in Jackson Square slashing incident

Surveillance camera footage courtesy of NOPD.
New Orleans Police are seeking an unidentified male riding a yellow bike who they say slashed a victim in Jackson Square on Saturday.

The incident occurred at about 2:12 a.m. in Jackson Square, where an unidentified male on the yellow bike attacked the victim and rode away from the scene down St. Anne Street, according to the NOPD.

Police described the bike as a yellow cruiser-style bike and said the male is wanted on suspicion of aggravated battery by cutting. No further information was provided.

Anyone with information on the incident or the bicycle rider is asked to contact NOPD’s Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Surveillance camera footage of the alleged suspect released by the NOPD is included below.

Bystander injured in shooting on Canal Street

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One person sustained gunshot wounds in a shooting last week after they were caught in a crossfire on Canal Street, according to New Orleans Police.

Police responded to the incident shortly after 9 p.m. on May 3 in the 700 block of Canal Street, where a man was shot in the crossfire after two individuals began shooting at each other, NOPD said.

Upon arrival, police officials said they located a 49-year-old man near Willie’s Chicken Shack. The man, who was not identified, was transported to a local hospital via EMS.

No suspects were immediately identified, according to the NOPD.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell released a statement on May 4 calling the shooting an “isolated incident.

“The New Orleans Police Department wants to assure the public that this was an isolated incident, and our downtown community remains safe, serving as our city’s cultural, historic and economic center,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, we must do our part to continue the progress we’ve made protecting all the people who choose to live, work and visit here. I am sending my sincerest love and prayers to all those affected by this random, senseless act of violence. The city of New Orleans has you all in our thoughts.”

Denise McSweeny-Melton said she was within feet of the shooting while walking back to her hotel room on Canal Street.

“Our last night in New Orleans I thought it would be cool to see [Bourbon] Street on our way to the Lafayette Hotel on the other side on Canal Street,” she said. “That turned out to be a bad idea. We were five feet from a crossfire shooting (I looked right at the shooter while he was shooting) that hit a bystander. My sister was really shaken but we are OK.”