Machete-wielding man burglarizes Kenner home, and other area police news

Machete-wielding man steals laptop computer

Kenner police arrested a man suspected of barging into a home with a machete and stealing a laptop computer.

Police allege Victor Manuel Vega-Ramiro, wearing a mask and wielding the knife, forced his way into a home in the 800 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard on Feb. 24.

Once inside, police said, Vega-Ramiro, 19, told the occupant to lie on a bed while he ransacked the home before stealing a computer.

Witnesses told police they saw Vega-Ramiro speed away from the home in a light brown SUV that had a spare tire on the driver’s side.

Detectives later found the vehicle and what they said was evidence that linked Vega-Ramiro to the burglary.

They did not say what that evidence was.

Vega-Ramiro allegedly confessed to the crime during an interview with Kenner Police Department detectives in which he said he chose the home at random.

He remained jailed Monday on $150,000 bail.

Woman’s body found floating in N.O. East

A woman’s body was found Monday afternoon floating in a New Orleans East canal.

The unidentified body was found a little before 1 p.m. in the Intracoastal Waterway, near the Michoud Assembly Facility, authorities said.

The death remained unclassified pending an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday.

Man found in hiding after removing monitor

St. Tammany Parish deputies who answered a call about a fight between a father and son Sunday night ended up arresting the son for tampering with the ankle bracelet he had been ordered to wear to monitor his house arrest on an auto theft charge in Lafayette.

The father told deputies his son, Justin Hoover, 28, kicked in the door at 29172 Dinkins Drive, Slidell, after being told to leave, punched his father in the face and knocked his mother down.

Deputies were not able to find Hoover, who fled before their arrival, but they found his ankle bracelet on the porch and contacted the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Following an anonymous call Monday, deputies found Hoover hiding under a blanket in the back seat of a vehicle parked at a Lacombe gas station. He was booked on a charge of tampering with a monitoring system.

Burning leaves lead to destruction of shed

A fire that apparently started when a pile of partially burned leaves rekindled destroyed a shed at a Covington area home Sunday night.

The homeowner at 70327 Fuchsia St. called 911 at about 9:15 p.m. to report the shed was on fire. Three fire engines and a rescue unit from St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 12 arrived six minutes later and had the fire under control within seven minutes, the fire district said.

The homeowner said he had burned leaves earlier in the day and put out the fire with a garden hose.

Investigators believe the fire may not have been fully extinguished and that gasoline in the shed probably accelerated the blaze.

The shed was destroyed.

“Even when done legally, burning leaves or other items is dangerous,” District Chief Eric Rodick said.

“Fires can rekindle even hours later if not thoroughly extinguished and can spread quickly. Fortunately, there was no damage to this home and there were no injuries, but it’s a compelling lesson to use exceptional caution with fire in all circumstances.”