November 8, 2010
New Orleans Police Department-Public Information Office
NOPD’S Special Operations Division Task Force Unit Booked
17 Suspects Last Week
New Orleans- In one week’s time the Special Operations Division (S.O.D) Task Force Unit investigated 138 complaints, yielding 17 arrests for 20 Felonies, 35 Misdemeanors and 5 Municipal violations. Officers conducted 61 vehicle stops and made 4 Traffic arrests. The unit made 3 Narcotic cases, conducted 55 wanted checks, and made 92 pedestrian contacts. They wrote 57 reports and confiscated 13.79 grams of Marijuana and 1.0 gram of Crack Cocaine.
“Day after day the New Orleans Police Department receives calls from caring and involved citizens who want their neighborhoods to be free of crime. This is an important part of our partnership with the community and is addressed through hard work and results like these”, said Superintendent of Police Ronal Serpas.
These results are from October 31, 2010 thru November 6, 2010
On 11/1/10, The Violent Offenders Warrant Squad and members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force arrested 21-year-old Alvin Jackson, wanted for murder by the Homicide Division. The victim was walking in the 2400 block ofAllen Street on April 22, 2010, when three subjects approached the victim and began shooting. The victim was shot in the head and expired on the scene. Jackson was arrested at 6001 Downman Road. Violent Offenders Warrant Squad Detectives received a Crimestoppers tip and relocated to the Magnolia Apartments with the FBI. Upon arrival Jackson was observed on the apartment grounds. After a brief foot chase Jackson was arrested in apartment #115. Jackson was transported to the Homicide Division and was later booked accordingly.
Also arrested was 20-year-old Charles Williams, who also fled on foot when detectives arrived at the Magnolia Apartments. Once apprehended he was found to be in possession of a 380 semi auto handgun with an obliterated serial number. Williams was an acquaintance of Jackson. Williams was booked with Illegal Carrying of a Weapon, and Probation Violation for Possession of Firearm.
On 11/3/10, 18-year-old Latrell Coleman was wanted by the Eighth District for the Attempted Murder, which occurred onBourbon Street on November 1, 2010. The New Orleans Marshals’ Gulf South Regional Task Force received information on Coleman’s’ whereabouts and forwarded it to the Georgia field office. Coleman was arrested at 2077 Beaver Springs Lane, Norcross, GA. He was booked in the Gwinnett County Sheriffs Office Jail. He apparently had taken a bus to Atlanta.
On 11/3/10, 23-year-old Deddrick Jackson was wanted for the rape of a juvenile from MobileAlabama. The subject was arrested at2560 North Tonti Street. He was booked at central lock-up and is awaiting extradition to Alabama.
On 11/3/10, 24-year-old Marcus White was wanted by the Sex Crimes Unit for Forcible Rape in the 2600 Block of New York Street on 10-29-10. White was arrested at2466 Mexico Street.
On 11/3/10, 34-year-old Leachie Jones was wanted by the Seventh District for Aggravated Burglary and Simple Kidnapping at11440 Zenith Street on 10-13-10. Jones surrendered to the Violent Offenders Warrant Squad Detectives at 1899 Tchoupitoulas Street.
On 11/3/10, 31-year-old Steven Bacala was wanted by the Eighth District for Second Degree Armed Robbery at500 Dumaine Street on 9-23-10. Bacala was arrested in another state and then picked up by the District Attorneys Office and transported back to New Orleans. Bacala was turned over to the Violent Offenders Warrant Squad unit and was booked accordingly.
On 11/4/10, 22-year-old Rashad Washington was wanted for murder by the Homicide Division. On Sunday, September 19, 2010, First District officers responded to gun shots fired in the 2600 block ofDumaine Street. Upon arrival they found the victim with gunshot wounds to the head. Violent Offenders Warrant Squad Detectives made arrangements with Washington's lawyer who surrendered him at lock-up.
On 11/4/10, 48-year-old Kevin Williams was wanted by the Sex Crimes Unit for Aggravated Rape in the 3200 block ofTulane Avenue on 10-18-10. Williams was arrested at 1899 Tchoupitoulas Street after he agreed to meet detectives.
On 11/5/10 SWAT Team Members were called to the 2900 block ofWashington Avenue to assist the Sixth District officers with an armed barricaded subject. After a standoff which lasted several hours, the barricaded subject 34-year-old Anthony Blackston, was arrested and was charged with Illegal Use of a Weapon.
Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 3400 block of Old Behrman Highway. Officers then discovered that the driver, 27-year-old Desmond Mitchell was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Officers also located a Walther PPK .32 caliber handgun in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. A search incidental to arrest discovered that Mitchell was also in possession of marijuana. Mitchell was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Illegal Possession of a Firearm during Crime and Traffic Violations.
On 11/5/10, Officers conducted a traffic stop at Louisiana and South Claiborne Avenues. One of the passengers in the vehicle, 23-year-old Marcel Hayes, was found to be in possession of a Jennings .9mm handgun. The officers also learned Hayes is a convicted felon. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Dammiel Sergent, was arrested for having a suspended license. A search incidental to arrest revealed that Sergent was in possession of crack cocaine. Hayes was charged as a Convicted Felon with a Firearm and Dammiel was charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and traffic violations.
On 11/5/10, 44-year-old John Riegert was wanted by the Sixth District for a Business Burglary at4321 Tchoupitoulas Street on 9-28-10. Riegert was transported from Atlanta, Georgia to New Orleans by the District Attorney’s Office and was turned over to the Violent Offenders Warrant Squad unit for booking.
Since July of 2010, officers investigated approximately 2,495 complaints, executed approximately 13 search warrants, made approximately 318 felony cases, conducted approximately 1042 vehicle checks, issued approximately 95 citations, made approximately 72 narcotics cases, confiscated approximately 44 guns and numerous amounts of illegal substances.
The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to policing to ensure that New Orleans is a safer place. The entire police force, which currently employs 1,735 officers and support staff, is committed to accountability, transparency, integrity and collaboration to provide professional quality care and service to New Orleanians and New Orleans’ visitors. Anyone who has crime to report should call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111, toll-free 1-877-903-STOP (7867) any time. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit http://www.cityofno.com/portals/portal50/portal.aspx and visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?
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