JPSO searches for suspect in hit-and-run, and other N.O.-area crime news

Search on for driver in Metairie hit-and-run

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies were searching Thursday night for a man who allegedly sent a Metairie resident to the hospital in critical condition after a hit-and-run accident and later carjacked a woman outside a drugstore.

The first victim, a 75-year-old man, was driving his 1995 Lincoln Town Car near Brockenbraugh Court and Veterans Boulevard when he was rear-ended by a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by David Millsap, 24, of Broken Arrow, Okla., authorities said.

Millsap forced the victim’s car into a utility pole, then sped away, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The victim was rushed to Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans.

Relatives told investigators that Millsap was in town to visit them and took the car without permission.

A short time later, Millsap drove to Metairie Road and Bonnabel Boulevard, where he knocked down a 79-year-old woman, then drove away in her 2008 Honda Accord, Fortunato said.

Paramedics treated the woman for minor injuries and released her.

The Sheriff’s Office did not provide a description of Millsap.

Anyone with information or who knows the whereabouts of Millsap or the stolen Accord is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office’s Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect identified in 6-year-old arson case

A man who said he traveled to St. Bernard Parish to help with the rebuilding process after Hurricane Katrina is wanted there on arson and burglary charges.

Carl Kopietz, 39, a Michigan native, is suspected of breaking into Daiquiris of St. Bernard, 120 Pakenham Drive, early on May 5, 2008, emptying its video-poker machines and torching the business, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Kopietz’s arrest Tuesday after someone identified him as a suspect.

Other people might have been involved in the burglary and torching, the sheriff said, but no other suspects have been identified.

“It’s good police work to have come up with a suspect in this nearly 6-year-old case,” Pohlmann said.

Anyone with information on Kopietz’s whereabouts is asked to call the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police seek suspect in robbery of barroom

New Orleans police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Faubourg Marigny bar this week.

Dustin Wesney, 27, is suspected of stealing $4,000 in cash from a file cabinet inside the bar in the 1900 block of North Rampart Street.

Anyone with information on Wesney’s whereabouts is asked to contact 8th District Detective Michael Flores at (504) 658-6080 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Cyclist struck, killed crossing St. Claude

A 50-year-old New Orleans man was killed Wednesday night as he tried to cross St. Claude Avenue, authorities said.

Kevin Black was on his bike when he tried to cross the avenue at Pauline Street about 10 p.m.

A driver of a Honda Civic, headed west on St. Claude, hit the cyclist, police said.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate Black, but he died at the scene.

Police did not file charges against the unidentified 26-year-old driver.

Fatality investigator Richard Blackman is in charge of the case.