April 26, 2012
New Orleans Police Department – Public Information Office
NOPD Need the Public’s Assistance in Locating and Identifying the Person Responsible for the Death of a Covington Man in New Orleans East
New Orleans Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the person responsible for the murder of 57-year-old Bruce Cucchiara. Cucchiara was found shot in the 4500 block of Papania Street, on the morning of April 24, 2012.
NOPD were called out to a “man down” around 10:00am Monday when they found the victim. He’d been shot several times .He died at the hospital.
The person of interest is described as an African American man, in his mid 20’s , 5’9”-6’00” tall, slim build, clean shaven, possibly light brown complexion, attired in a Black Knit Cap, Thick black jacket with a hood underneath, Black Pants, Black Shoes seen in the area of 4500 Papania Street towards dreaux Avenue then unknown. The suspect is believed to live in the area and he is to be considered armed and dangerous.
A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this press release.
Homicide Detective Orlando Matthews is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 504-658-5300.
Crimestoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. Citizens with information regarding this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP (7867). Callers do not have to leave their name nor testify in court to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.
Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit. The police force, which currently employs dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/New-Orleans-LA/New-Orleans-Police-Department-Official/133853236665761
Officer Frank B. Robertson, III
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Covington Man Murder Suspect.pdf