Cyclist killed after being run over by 18-wheeler, and other area police news

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A 52-year-old man riding his bicycle in the Marigny neighborhood was killed Thursday afternoon when he was run over by an 18-wheeler, New Orleans police said.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, died about 1:40 p.m. at St. Claude and Elysian Fields avenues.

Police said the 18-wheeler, driven by an unidentified 51-year-old man from Violet, was headed west on St. Claude and was turning onto lakebound Elysian Fields when the accident happened. The cyclist died at the scene.

Police did not issue any citations to the driver of the 18-wheeler.

An autopsy will determine how the victim died. Blood and alcohol tests are pending.

Fatality investigator Kevin Thompson is in charge of the case.

Slidell man caught on tape with prostitute

Slidell police arrested Charles West on Wednesday and booked him on a count of soliciting a prostitute and other crimes after video cameras at the store where he works caught him participating in a sex act with a woman in a back room, according to Slidell Police Department spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau.

West used a company check to pay the woman $200 for her services, Seuzeneau said. The crime was discovered after the store manager found one of his checks missing and decided to investigate.

West, 24, also was booked on counts of theft and forgery.

“We can’t make this stuff up,” Police Chief Randy Smith said.

Police seek man to question in homicide

New Orleans police are searching for a man who might have information about a recent homicide in Central City.

Benjamin Locure, 19, is not a suspect in the shooting death of Lanisha Scott, who was killed at 11:30 p.m. April 12 at Washington Avenue and Dryades Street.

Locure is known to frequent the River Garden area, police said. He is wanted only for questioning, they said.

Anyone with information on Locure’s whereabouts is asked to contact homicide Detective Amy Robinson at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect sought in CBD armed robbery case

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man in connection with an armed robbery early Thursday near Baronne and Common streets in the Central Business District.

About 1:30 a.m., the victim was with the robber, whom he had met earlier. As the victim sat down, the robber hit him several times in the head with an aluminum crutch. After the victim fell to the ground, the robber took his money and ran away.

The robber is described as a black male, about 30 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, with a small beard and tattoos on his face and neck. He was last seen wearing a blue cap, a white T-shirt with “I heart NO” on the front and dark jeans.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Person, truck of interest sought in shooting

Police are searching for a person and vehicle of interest in a recent armed robbery and attempted murder in Faubourg Marigny.

The victim was walking home from work about 4:30 a.m. July 10 when he came upon three men who got out of a white Nissan Pathfinder or Isuzu Rodeo at Franklin Avenue and Burgundy Street, police said.

One man was armed with a black shotgun with a pistol-grip handle. When the victim told the men he did not have anything to give them, the man shot him multiple times.

The men fled in an unknown direction.

Detective Johnny Magee is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6050.

Police try to ID men in two recent robberies

Seventh District detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying masked gunman who robbed two businesses within a 24-hour span in New Orleans East.

About 3:50 a.m. July 9, three men entered a business in the 7900 block of Chef Menteur Highway. One of the men stood at the door as a lookout while the other two ordered the store’s employees to open the register.

The men made off with more than $2,000, two pistols and two cartons of cigarettes. They ran toward Werner Drive on foot.

The men, all black, were described as wearing:

A white shirt, black pants and armed with a Glock handgun with an extended magazine.

A black sweatshirt, white shirt and armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

A black shirt, black pants and armed with a handgun.

In the other incident, two men entered a business in the 12000 block of the south Interstate 10 Service Road about 2 p.m. July 10.

Both men had white T-shirts over their heads. One man lifted his shirt to show he had a pistol in his waistband and demanded cash.

The two robbers emptied the cash register and made off with about $200.

The men are described as:

Black, 6-foot-2 with a medium build and light complexion and wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and red baseball cap.

Black, 5-foot-11, about 180 pounds with a medium complexion and wearing a dark shirt and black shorts.

Both fled on foot.

Investigators do not believe the two robberies are related.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the 7th District station at (504) 658-6070.

Plaquemines man gets 30-year sentence

A Plaquemines Parish man with a history of drug-related convictions was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of violating the habitual-offender law.

Clinton D. Rapp, 52, of Boothville, was last convicted in February 2013, when a jury found him guilty of two counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and clonazepam, a sedative. He was sentenced to eight years at hard labor.

After that conviction, Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Charles Ballay filed a habitual-offender charge against Rapp so that his sentence could be increased.

Rapp has prior drug convictions in St. Mary Parish in 2008, Jefferson Parish in 2010 and Plaquemines Parish in 2006.