April 14, 2012
The New Orleans Police Department – Public Information Office
Police Searching for Suspect Wanted For SeventhWardHome Invasion; Impersonating a Catholic Charities Worker
Today at about 10am, in the 1200 block ofKerlerec Street, an 84-year-old man opened his door to a man who claimed to be a Catholic Charities representative. The man asked to speak to him a while. The victim observed a stack of paperwork the subject was holding and believed he was legitimate so he let him inside.
The victim stated at that time he became suspicious and told the man to leave. The subject became angry and violent forcing his way into the house pushing the victim. The subject continued to the rear of the house demanding money. The subject pushed the victim several more times when he tried to stop him from going into the rear of the house. The victim gave him cash but the subject insisted he had more money in the house and ordered him to sit in a chair while he ransacked the room for money. Once the subject found money, he fled the residence.
The 84-year-old victim was not hospitalized but complained of rib and back pain.
The man is described as a dark complexion African-American man with a Muscular build in his 50’s, wearing a cap, plaid shirt and khaki pants.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans CEO Gordon Wadge said, Catholic Charities employees never show up at homes unannounced and do not ask for cash. Homeowners who receive unexpected visits from anyone soliciting money or trying to gain entry to the home claming to be from Catholic Charities should contact their local police immediately.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at www.crimestoppersgno.org.
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Officer Garry Flot
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