Search on for two who kidnapped, raped woman, and other area police news

2 sought in kidnapping, rape of woman, 19

New Orleans police are searching for two men who allegedly kidnapped a woman in the city and raped her before releasing her in Kenner.

The 19-year-old victim said she was walking in the 700 block of North Villere Street about 3 a.m. Sunday when a gray Ford Focus pulled up and two men got out.

One of the men put a towel over her face and forced her into the car, she said. Once she was inside the car, the man pointed a gun at her and said he would shoot her if she screamed. The second man got back into the car and drove away.

The men sexually assaulted the woman in an unknown wooded area and let her go about 8 a.m. in the 2600 block of Augusta Street in Kenner, police said.

The victim flagged down an unknown person, who then notified the police.

The man who forced the victim into the car is described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds with a thin build. He has a thin mustache and fade haircut, police said. He had a semi-automatic handgun and wore a blue button-down shirt and dark shorts.

The driver is described as a black man about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds with a muscular build. He has dreadlocks that are black on the top and bleached on the ends. He wore an orange shirt and gray sweatpants, police said.

The car was possibly a 2005 Focus with a hatchback.

Detective John Mitchell is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man killed after being struck on Interstate 10

A man died early Monday after he was struck by at least two vehicles on Interstate 10, according to New Orleans police.

An 18-wheeler traveling in the right lane on I-10 westbound before the South Carrollton Avenue exit rolled over an unidentified man shortly after 2 a.m., police said. A preliminary investigation indicated the man already had been struck by another vehicle.

Investigators are trying to determine when and how the man initially was struck.

His identity has not been released pending notification of family.

Coroner identifies man stabbed in Quarter

A man stabbed to death last week during a fight in the French Quarter has been identified as 47-year-old Fred Miller.

Miller was stabbed about 8:20 p.m. Aug. 13 in the 800 block of Toulouse Street. He died at Interim LSU Hospital at 11:05 p.m., said Dr. Jeff Rouse, the Orleans Parish coroner.

Police have not identified a suspect in Miller’s death but said the stabbing stemmed from an argument he had with an unknown man.

Parents who shot up in car with kids are ID’d

Jefferson Parish authorities have identified a mother and father who passed out after using heroin in a parked car with their two children in the vehicle at the time.

Michael Pierce, 41, and his wife, Melanie Pierce, 34, both of Denham Springs, each were booked with one count of child endangerment, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor.

Both admitted they have a $200-a-day heroin addiction, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Investigators found a small amount of heroin in the vehicle, Fortunato said.

The incident happened about 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Bonnabel Boulevard, just off Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

The parents apparently had a bad reaction to the heroin and passed out, Fortunato said.

Their 4-year-old and 11-month-old sons were in the car with them at the time.

People passing by became concerned when they saw the couple passed out in the car and called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies roused the parents and placed them under arrest.

The two children were taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons, Fortunato said, but they suffered no injuries. They later were placed in the custody of their grandparents.

Man killed crossing Elysian Fields identified

A man killed crossing Elysian Fields Avenue on Sunday afternoon has been identified.

Almarez Eucario Enriquez, 52, was hit about 3:55 p.m. by a Honda headed in a lakebound direction as he tried to cross the avenue in the 2500 block. He died on the scene, Coroner Dr. Jeff Rouse said.

Police did not issue any citations in the incident.

Man found dead along Algiers street is ID’d

A man found dead last week alongside a street in Algiers has been identified, but what killed 46-year-old Thomas LaFrance remains to be determined, said Dr. Jeff Rouse, the Orleans Parish coroner.

LaFrance was found about 3:40 a.m. in the 6300 block of Woodland Drive. His death initially was reported as a hit-and-run but soon was changed to unclassified.

Woman shot early Monday in N.O. East

An unidentified woman was shot early Monday in New Orleans East.

The victim was shot a little before 1 a.m. in the 7500 block of Poitevent Avenue.

She was being treated at a hospital. Police did not provide information on her condition.

Man found dead in ditch is identified

A man found dead in a ditch along Paris Road in Chalmette this month has been identified, but no cause of death has been determined.

Stephen Somerville, 53, was found Aug. 7 near Paris and Agriculture roads north of Nunez Community College, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Somerville apparently was homeless, Pohlmann said.

An autopsy found no trauma to his body. Toxicology tests are pending.

Investigators do not suspect foul play in his death.