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45-Year-Old Man Flirts with Teen on Bus by Masturbating

The 17-year-old John Ehret High School student told investigators she rode the same public bus from Terrytown to school in Marrero each morning. She had spotted [Leroy] Dillon [45] — also a regular — staring at her on several different occasions, an arrest report said.

The girl told Sheriff’s Office investigators the behavior creeped her out, the report said.

On Jan. 21, Dillon tried to make his move and spark up a conversation with the girl. But instead of sticking to current events, the girl said he pulled out his penis and started to masturbate while staring at her, the arrest report said.

The girl told investigators she refused to look at Dillon until he exited the bus at his usual stop, Barataria Boulevard and the Lafitte Larose Highway in Marrero, according to an incident report. She told her mother about the encounter when she got home from school. 

The girl’s mother called the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives spoke with a representative from Jefferson Transit who helped them obtain surveillance video footage from the bus which they used to identify Dillon as the suspect, the report said.

Authorities arrested him the next day on the bus at Stumpf Boulevard and West Bank Expressway in Gretna, Fortunato said. During questioning, Dillon admitted taking out his genitals and shaking them at the victim, an arrest report said.

Dillon told detectives he thought that would get the girl to like him, the report said.

JPSO: New Orleans man flashed genitals on bus in hopes of impressing teen. nola.com, 1/28/2015.

Man Killed by a Neighbor over “Banging” on House Door

It happened in the 8000 block of Big Cypress Street around 3 a.m.

Ray Carlos, 58, of Big Cypress Street yelled at the man who awoke him by banging on an across-the-street neighbor’s door, police said. The victim started to approach Carlos and then Carlos fired a single shot that hit the victim in the head, killing him instantly, Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said.

Police said they identified the victim as 29-year-old James Rube of Gray, La. The door he was banging was the site of his ex-girlfriend’s house.

Carlos called 911, told authorities what happened and waited for them to arrive, Duplantis said. Arriving officers found Rube dead on the sidewalk.

Police: Houma resident kills man for waking him by knocking on neighbor’s door. WWL-TV, 7/6/2014.

Man Stabs Woman to Death in Front of Her 1-Year Old

The victim of a Grand Isle stabbing Saturday night was slain on the beach in the presence of her 1-year-old daughter, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Randy Paul Marcel, 28, of Chauvin, was arrested in connection with the stabbing.

…A witness saw Marcel and the woman, his girlfriend of five years, arguing on the beach near Highway 1 and Cypress Lane at about 10:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Marcel then stabbed her multiple times and fled the scene, according to the release.

Mother stabbed to death on Grand Isle beach in presence of 1-year-old daughter. nola.com, 6/22/2014.

Man Stabs, Strangles Woman Because Her Fetus Not His

Emilio Calderon, 29, of Larose, confessed, said Col. John Forunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and will be booked on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree feticide. Calderon was being held for now in a Lafourche Parish, where he was arrested.

Katherine Martinez, 23, was killed early Sunday morning (June 8) in her apartment. Martinez was pregnant with a baby girl who did not survive her mother’s death.

…Calderon identified himself as a friend of Martinez, Fortunato said. He told detectives he visited her apartment on Saturday afternoon.

But while there, he learned he was not the father of Martinez’s unborn child. The two began arguing, and Calderon grabbed a knife, stabbing her three times, according to authorities. Calderon also admitted to choking Martinez until she died, the sheriff’s office said.

Man killed pregnant Terrytown woman after learning he wasn’t baby’s father, JPSO says. nola.com, 6/11/2014.

Teen Shoots to Death Father, 2-Year-Old Half-Sister [UPDATE]

The 17-year-old son of a man who was found shot to death Monday at a home near Abita Springs is being held in the St. Tammany Parish jail on two counts of first-degree murder, and has not been granted bond, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain’s office said Tuesday. Jacob Middleton Jr., of 1601 Haring Road in Metairie, is accused of fatally shooting his father, Jacob Middleton Sr., 35, and his 2-year-old half-sister, Makayla Middleton.

The girl’s mother found the bodies in the elder Middleton’s home in the 72000 block of Carnation Street in the Abita Nursery subdivision on Monday about 10 a.m. The girl and her mother did not live at the home, said Capt. George Bonnett of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The coroner’s report lists the 2-year-old’s address as New Orleans.

St. Tammany Parish coroner Dr. Pramod Menon said both victims died of a gunshot wound to the head.

…Jacob Middleton Jr. “indicated that his actions were the result of, among other things, his hatred of his father for what he claimed was years of abuse and family violence,” Strain said.

Teen booked in double shooting near Abita Springs, accused of killing his dad and half-sister. nola.com|Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), 1/7/2014.

Update: Teenager indicted for murder in deaths of father, half-sister. The [New Orleans] Advocate, 3/21/2014.

Jacob Eli Middleton Jr. was indicted Thursday in 22nd Judicial District Court on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the January shooting deaths of his father and 2-year-old half-sister at their house near Abita Springs.

…He was booked with the slayings Jan. 7, the day after the bodies of Jacob Middleton Sr. and Makayla Christine Middleton were discovered by the girl’s mother, who called the Sheriff’s Office. The child was visiting her father at the time of the slayings, the Sheriff’s Office said at the time.

Both victims were shot in the head, according to the St. Tammany Coroner’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said the younger Middleton had confessed to the shootings, saying his actions resulted from his hatred of his father and what he claimed were years of abuse and family violence.

… The younger Middleton, whose nickname was “Sunshine,” praised marijuana and alcohol on his Facebook page and made crude references to women but seldom mentioned family members. But in November 2011, he posted an expletive-laden post about his parents, ending with the Lil Wayne lyric, “Let ’em die.”

He also mentioned stints in Operation Jumpstart, an alternative school in St. Tammany Parish for students who have been expelled, and the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, a residential military-school-type program for at-risk youth.

Man Stabs Girlfriend on Neighbor’s Lawn, Later Shot Dead by Police

A neighbor told detectives of seeing a woman run across the street from her boyfriend’s home, 1342 Pier Ave., screaming, “He’s trying to stab me, he’s trying to stab me,” [Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman John] Fortunato said.

The man caught up with the woman on the front lawn of a home directly across the asphalt street from the home he shared with his parents, officials said. “That’s where he began to stab her repeatedly,” Fortunato siad.

“After doing so, he walked back across the street to his residence,” the spokesman said.

Deputies arrived and found her lying on the front lawn, Fortunato said. She lived in the area, he said.

Told that the suspect walked back into the house across the street, three deputies then went to the home and knocked on the door. The man answered holding a knife. Deputies “repeatedly,” told him to drop the knife, Fortunato said. But the man then lunged at the officers, he said.

“They fired multiple times, striking him,” Fortunato said.

Bucktown man fatally stabs woman before he is shot dead by deputies. nola.com|Times-Picayune, 1/5/2013.

Parents Gone Bad: Father Rapes Daughters, Mother Tells Them To “say ‘No'” Next Time

The abuse came to light Tuesday (Nov. 12) when the 11-year-old girl told a school counselor that she had been raped, Fortunato said.

The girl said her father repeatedly forced her to perform oral sex on him and had done so since she was 6. The girl said her father similarly assaulted her older sister, Fortunato said.

School officials immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office, and officers moved to interview the girls’ parents. The father confessed to the rapes, Fortunato said.

The mother told detectives she learned a year earlier that her husband was assaulting their daughters, an arrest report said. She also knew the rapes had occurred for several years, but made no effort to contact authorities, Fortunato said. Instead, she told her daughters that if their father asked again for oral sex, they should say “No,” the arrest report said.

The girls’ father was booked Tuesday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center with two counts of aggravated rape. Their mother was booked with two counts of being an accessory after the fact to rape and two counts of cruelty to a juvenile, the report said.

Metairie father booked with raping daughters; mother booked with not contacting authorities. nola.com|Times Picayune, 11/13/2013.

Murder. Pause. Suicide.—Father Kills Son, Waits, Kills Self

Matthew Tarto [16] had been absent from school for several days, and Curtis said school officials called his home on Friday morning to check on him, but got no answer.

Deputies entered the home at 335 Celeste Ave., at Lucy Court, through the unlocked front door and found Mark Tarto’s body on the living room floor, with an apparent gunshot wound to his head, Fortunato said. A semiautomatic pistol lay next to his body, he said.

The deputies searched the home and found Matthew Tarto’s body in his bedroom, Fortunato said. Jefferson Parish coroner’s office investigators determined the teen also was shot in the head. “It appears that the young man had been dead for more than a day,” Fortunato said.

Deputies did not find a suicide note, Fortunato said….

John Curtis football player’s father allegedly killed him, then himself. nola.com|The Times-Picayune, 5/24/2013.

Man Kills Officer Called to Check on Trailer Fire; Burned Body Found Inside

The Chitimacha policeman and deputies responded to reports of a fire at a mobile home and a man armed with a shotgun walking along Flat Town Road just off the Chitimacha reservation, near Cypress Bayou Casino, [State Police Trooper Stephen] Hammons said.

The Chitimacha policeman found [Wilbert] Thibodeaux walking in the 10000 block of Flat Town Road, Hammons said.

Thibodeaux fired at the Chitimacha officer, who died on the scene, then fired multiple shots at the deputies who had just arrived, wounding them, Hammons said.

…Hammons said the body of Eddie Lyons, 78, of Charenton, the occupant of the mobile home, was found in the burnt wreckage of the mobile home. Detectives believe Lyons was shot before the fire started, he said.

3 law enforcement officers shot, 1 killed. The Advocate, 1/27/2013.

Young Father Tries to Kill Newborn Son with Rum

The victim was born with Down syndrome and several holes in his heart, according to the report. The child was at the hospital because of breathing difficulties and had been admitted Oct. 16.

Fortunato said doctors discovered the child’s blood-alcohol content of 0.289 after he had a seizure Sunday.

A level of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving. For those younger than 21, a reading of 0.02 percent is presumptive evidence of drunken driving.

The amount found in the baby’s blood suggests that 28 percent of his blood had been replaced by alcohol.

Dad booked in murder try. The (Baton Rouge) Advocate, 10/30/12.

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