Motorcyclist dies on I-10 in New Orleans, and other area police news

Police investigating traffic fatality on I-10

A 36-year-old motorcyclist from LaPlace died early Saturday on Interstate 10 westbound near West End Boulevard, New Orleans police said.

His name was withheld pending family notification.

The motorcyclist was traveling west on I-10 about 1:30 a.m. when he apparently lost control and struck the rear of a 2012 Ford Edge. He was ejected from the motorcycle and landed on the right shoulder of the highway. He died at the scene.

Blood and alcohol tests are pending.

Fatality investigator Michael Baldassaro is in charge of the investigation.

Man accused of kidnapping woman

A man was arrested and booked on simple kidnapping after he forced a 19-year-old woman into a car following a fight in New Orleans East, police said.

Police said Erin Rodriguez, 20, was involved in an argument that became physical with two 19-year-old women between noon and 1 p.m. Friday in the 7700 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

He forced one of the victims inside a vehicle and fled the scene, police said. Both then went to the 7th District Station, where Rodriguez was arrested.

Hit-and-run reported in Jefferson Parish

Traffic investigators were on the scene of a hit-and-run incident before 6 a.m. Saturday at Houma Boulevard and the South Interstate 10 Service Road, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

A pedestrian was hit and taken to a hospital.

Three armed robberies reported Friday in N.O.

New Orleans police are investigating three armed robberies that happened Friday.

In the first incident, a man entered a Subway restaurant in the 1600 block of Franklin Avenue about 11 a.m. and ordered and paid for three cookies. He then demanded money from the register and displayed a gun in his waistband. Once the register was opened, he grabbed an unknown amount of cash and fled.

He was described as a black man in his 30s , about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a blue hard hat and a green traffic vest.

An armed man also robbed a McDonald’s restaurant in the 2600 block of St. Claude Avenue about 5:30 p.m. The man demanded money from the register. When the cashier opened it, the robber took the cash from the cash drawer and placed it in a white plastic bag before fleeing.

He was described as a black man in his 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a black hat, black shirt and camouflage pants.

Fifth District Detective Kevin Williams is in charge of the two investigations and can be reached at (504) 658-6050.

A third armed robbery was reported about 5:30 p.m. Friday near Morrison and Bundy roads in New Orleans East, police said.

A 19-year-old woman was walking past the Willowbrook Apartments when she said a man began to follow her. He stopped the victim near Morrison and Bundy, produced a weapon and took her money, police said.

Man carjacked Friday on St. Claude Avenue

A 55-year-old man was the victim of a carjacking early Friday morning, according to New Orleans police.

The victim was driving when he came to a stop in the 3200 block of St. Claude Avenue about 3 a.m. At that point, police said, two men approached his vehicle, showed a weapon and forced him from the car.

Man cut early Saturday on Tulane Avenue

A man was cut in the 4000 block of Tulane Avenue in Mid-City about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, New Orleans police said.

After the 25-year-old man intervened in a fight between his male friend and a woman, the woman cut his left hand with an unknown object, police said.

Realtors grant to fund 34 crime cameras

The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors said Thursday it would pay $15,000 for the installation of 34 private security cameras in neighborhoods across the city under the Adopt-A-Block program.

Launched in 2015 as a partnership between the New Orleans Police Department and the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation, the Adopt-A-Block program works with churches, businesses and homeowners to install security cameras in crime hot spots.

It has installed 71 cameras at homes and businesses across the city. The foundation will continue to work with the NOPD to determine neighborhoods in need.

Residents can request security cameras at nopjf.org. Camera locations will be selected based on crime trends in each district.

Individuals and organizations interested in sponsoring the program can find donation information online at nopjf.org/contribute.

Adopt-A-Block expands SafeCamNOLA, a citywide project with more than 2,800 registered security cameras.

Man found with 11/2 pounds of marijuana

A Metairie man was arrested in Kenner and booked Thursday on possession with intent to distribute after he was found with 11/2 pounds of marijuana, holding a street value of $2,000, police said.

Kenner police said they stopped Michael Rogers, 43, in the 2200 block of Roosevelt Boulevard because he was not wearing a seat belt. When he became nervous, they said, he was questioned and admitted he had a “little weed” in the vehicle.

Rogers consented to a search, which revealed a duffel bag on the rear seat, which contained two gallon zip-close bags, each containing marijuana. Police said Rogers admitted he intended to sell the marijuana.

He was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer.

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