Oct. 02--The New Orleans bounce rapper known as 10th Ward Buck on Monday was preparing to surrender to police on allegations that he kidnapped his girlfriend the previous night, saying he fully intended to fight the case.
Police accused the 37-year-old musician born Marlon Horton of pulling his girlfriend out of her car about 9:45 p.m. Sunday at the corner of North Claiborne and Esplanade Avenue in Treme; striking her; and taking her shirt off before forcing her into his vehicle. Police said Horton then dropped the woman off in the parking lot of a Walmart in Jefferson Parish, and they obtained a warrant to arrest him on suspicion of simple kidnapping.
Reached by phone Monday, Horton denied the police's version of events. He said he intended to drive his girlfriend to her mom's home on the West Bank because he was worried she was inebriated, and he let her out of his car when a discussion between them became too heated.
"I didn't hit her, and it didn't happen like that," said Horton, once a City Council candidate. "I will turn myself in, defend it in court and move forward."
In other crimes handled by local authorities recently:
--New Orleans police asked the public for help in capturing a 57-year-old man accused of firing a gun at two women whom he chased down a street Sunday night in Hollygrove.
Neither woman was hit by the gunfire, but they still had minor injuries from the incident, and police are looking to book Mario Steptor on counts of attempted murder and damage to property.
Police said Steptor began arguing with the women in the 9300 block of Belfast Street while they sat on a car parked outside of his home about 8:20 p.m. He ultimately grabbed a gun, ran the women down the street and opened fire on them, police said.
Police publicly identified Steptor as a suspect on Monday morning.
--An investigator for Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office was suspended without pay last week after his arrest on allegations that he stole from the Home Depot in Harahan on multiple occasions in recent months, officials said.
David B. Roberts, 46, either stole merchandise or made fraudulent returns to the store at 5151 Citrus Blvd. nine separate times between May and September, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Lt. Jason Rivarde. He wore his gun as well as his badge and drove his official vehicle during more than one of the incidents, and authorities eventually established that he worked for Cannizzarro's office, Rivarde said Monday.
In total, the thefts cost the store about $3,500, Rivarde said. They were captured on surveillance video, and Sheriff's Office Detective Ray Gorman obtained a warrant to arrest Roberts.
Deputies captured Roberts on Labarre Avenue in Metairie on Sept. 27 as he was leaving his home in the 2900 block of Johnson Street. He was later released on $5,000 bond and is tentatively due back in court on Nov. 13.
A spokesman for Cannizzaro's office, Christopher Bowman, said his agency suspended Roberts without pay immediately after it learned about the arrest.
--At least two people were robbed Sunday in New Orleans, according to police.
In one case, a man on a bicycle waving a gun with both hands robbed a 32-year-old woman of money in the 1800 block of North Rampart Street on the edge of the French Quarter about 6:45 a.m. Sunday.
The other case was reported about 8 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, when police said a 17-year-old boy punched a 22-year-old man in the face and stole his wallet. Police said they arrest Elbert Comeaux as a suspect after the victim followed him to the nearby 700 block of Iberville Street.
--Jason Wannamaker, 31, allegedly used a knife to stab a 41-year-old man with whom he was arguing about 12:05 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue near City Park, New Orleans police said.
Wannamaker was also cut and went to a local hospital with the help of paramedics -- he was facing arrest on a count of aggravated battery when he was discharged, police said. The victim took a private ride to the hospital for treatment.
--Police on Monday said they are searching for Raymond Nelson, 24, on allegations that he was seen driving a stolen car away from the 12340 block of South I-10 Service Road in New Orleans East on Sept. 22. Police have also previously said the suspect is named "Nelson Raymond IV," whom they have identified as one of several suspects in the slaying of Brayanta Ketchens in Ger Town in mid-June.
--New Orleans police on Monday asked for help finding a black, 1998 four-door Toyota Camry that was stolen at gunpoint from the corner of St. Bernard Avenue and Hope Street about 4:45 a.m. Saturday in Gentilly. It has a Louisiana license plate reading YBT155, police said.
--New Orleans police on Monday said they are searching for two men who stole items from a hotel room in the 3600 block of St. Charles Avenue near the Touro neighborhood on Sept. 17. They are also searching for two people captured on surveillance video breaking into multiple cars on Olympic Court Drive on Sept. 29.
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