Alleged Marrero vehicle vandals face new charges, and other N.O.-area crime news

Alleged vehicle vandals face additional charges

Two men suspected of shooting out more than 150 vehicle windows in Marrero early Jan. 24 have been rebooked on additional counts of criminal damage, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Christopher Flanagan, 19, and Decotah Hamilton, 20, now face 124 counts each, 82 more than originally, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. They were originally booked with 42 counts each of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage.

The men could face even more charges, Fortunato said.

After investigators found the suspects, Flanagan turned over a carbon-dioxide BB pistol that he said was used in the shootings, and deputies found carbon-dioxide canisters and between 50 and 100 pellets in the vehicle allegedly used during the shootings.

The Sheriff’s Office said the suspects told investigators they went on two previous shooting sprees in recent weeks before the Christmas Eve shootings.

Flanagan and Hamilton remained jailed Monday. Bond was set at $227,000 each, Fortunato said.

Covington police find stolen guns, two cars

Covington police recovered two stolen cars and several guns believed to have been stolen Dec. 26 after investigating a report of gunshots in the Ozone Park subdivision, police said.

Police were called to the area around 7:30 a.m. and found a black BMW and a gold-colored Jeep parked at the Ozone Park ballfield, according to Chief Tim Lentz.

The driver of the BMW, Birkly Sopsher, 20, was arrested at the scene. Officers discovered the BMW had been stolen in Franklinton. They also found two guns in the trunk. The guns also are believed to have been stolen, Lentz said.

Sopsher was booked on counts of illegal discharge of a weapon, illegal possession of stolen things, being a felon in possession of a firearm and resisting an officer.

The Jeep fled the scene but crashed during the pursuit. The driver, Rymeen Cavalier, 21, fled on foot but was caught a short time later, Lentz said. Officers found a gun in the Jeep, he said. Cavalier was booked on counts of aggravated flight from an officer, possession of stolen things, being a felon in possession of a firearm and resisting an officer.

Two sought in robbery of convenience store

New Orleans police are searching for two men who robbed an Algiers convenience store at gunpoint Sunday night.

The men walked into the store in the 4600 block of Gen. de Gaulle Drive about 8:45 p.m. and at first pretended to be customers, police said. However, one of the men, who wore a red hat and pink bandana over his face, then pulled out a gun and demanded the money from the cash register.

The second man, who wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and gray knit cap, walked behind the counter and took the money, police said.

Both men fled on foot.

Anyone with information on the robbers’ identities is asked to contact Detective Robert King at (504) 658-6040 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Woman could have information on murder

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in finding a woman they believe might have information about a recent murder.

Anjelicka Wallen is not a suspect in the shooting death of Johnathan Chinn but could have information important to the investigation of his death, police said.

Chinn was killed about 3:45 a.m. Nov. 30 in the 4300 block of Erato Street.

Homicide Detective Robert Bachelder is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-5300.

Suspect arrested after crash, chase in Mid-City

A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning on counts of possession of a stolen car and flight from a police officer after he allegedly led police on a foot chase through Mid-City following a crash.

The car, a Dodge Avenger, was stolen from a woman at South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Gravier Street on Dec. 23, police said.

About 7:30 a.m. Sunday, an officer on patrol saw that car being driven erratically in the 3100 block of Lafitte Street. The car tried to speed away after its driver saw the officer, police said.

The car hit a stop sign and fire hydrant at Toulouse and North Gayoso streets, and Robert Johnson jumped out and began to run, police said. He was arrested a short time later.

Police are trying to determine whether he was involved with the carjacking in which the car was stolen.

He remained in jail Monday on 17 charges that included traffic, theft and drug violations, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.

His bond was set at $20,000, according to Sheriff’s Office records.