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Bruce Bourgeois Jr

Bruce Bourgeois Jr.

ST. CHARLES PARISH (WGNO) – Police are searching for a man they believe fatally stabbed his girlfriend and injured her mother Wednesday morning in Destrehan, according to Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange.

Upon arriving at a home in the 300 block of Madewood Drive St. Charles Sheriff deputies discovered two women lying on the ground. One woman was pronounced dead at the scene the other was transported to a local hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for 34-year-old Bruce Bourgeois Jr.

Bourgeois is believed to be driving a Grey Toyota Scion with a license plate number VTE 461.

Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Bourgeois is asked to contact the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-783-6807.





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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - A 26-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department has been placed on an emergency suspension without pay after the department learned of his involvement with juveniles, an initial release said.

Officer Willie A. Gant Sr. was arrested Tuesday on two count of indecent behavior with juveniles and two counts of sexual battery on a juvenile.

On Monday, the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau with the NOPD Special Victims Unit launched an investigation after learning of the allegations. Following his arrest Gant was immediately placed on emergency suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.

Gant was most recently assigned to the NOPD Eighth District Mounted Unit.

Gant is the fifth NOPD officer to be charged with a felony this month.



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NOPD: Online Encounter Leads to 3rd Carjacking in 3 Weeks

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The New Orleans Police Department says in the last few weeks three armed carjackings began as online encounters. Men looking to meet up with a woman they had never met face to face, and in turn getting some action they were not expecting.

It’s a new problem for NOPD officers. A recent string of carjackings tied to online encounters.

Police say the latest carjacking happened Monday night. They say an 18-year-old man was carjacked on the 2100 block of Danneel in Central City. Investigators say the man went there to meet a woman he has chatted with on Kik, a smartphone messenger that allows you to chat, search and share information.

The NOPD says the woman was there along with 10 other men, some of them armed, who police say eventually took off with the teen’s SUV.

“He should have gone somewhere where they had a lot of light at; a lot of people at,” says Central City resident Pernell Knott.

Knott says he does not understand how some can be so trusting.

NOPD Cmdr. Robert Bardy warns, “It’s a different generation and a younger generation, and this certainly an application they do use, so let’s use some common sense there. Why can’t you meet in a well-lit restaurant, in public, where this won’t happen?”

Cmdr. Bardy says this is the third armed robbery in weeks. In all cases women have lured men through social media to meet at a discrete location only to end up carjacked.

On July 23rd, police say a similar scenario unfolded on St. Anthony Street. In this case the two chatted on Tagged. Police were quick to release pictures, and so far they say the victims vehicle has been recovered.

On the 11th, another botched hookup led to a carjacking on Baronne. Police say this too starting with an online encounter on Tagged.

“I like the old fashion way. I rather be walking down the street and if I see someone walking down the street I like I just try play on. I might get a yes or I might get a no, or go to Burger King or McDonald’s and meet somebody, or meet them in the French Quarter or something. That social media, that’s for the young folks there. I don’t even know how to do it,” says Knott.

NOPD Officer Suspended for Trying to Run Over Her Husband Following a Physical Altercation

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - New Orleans police are investigating a second carjacking where a social media encounter lured the victim to the crime scene.

Authorities say this time, an 18-year-old man drove to the 2100 block of Danneel Street around 9:30 p.m. Monday to pick up a girl he met online. As he waited for her to come outside ten men, four armed with weapons forced the victim out of his car, a New Orleans police report said.

No further information was released Tuesday morning.

It’s the second carjacking reported by police in the past week where the victim said he met the woman on social media. Read more on that HERE.







CaldwellNEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A veteran New Orleans police officer has been arrested for trying to run over her husband. It happened this weekend after the couple got into a physical altercation.

“I heard a big boom, crash and that’s what it was,” neighbor Sylvia Lunkins said.

She’s talking about the impact that left a 2003 Saturn Ion disabled.

It happened early Sunday morning, around 3:30 a.m.

Someone was apparently angry; someone who police say was driving recklessly — trying to plow down the person they were angry with.

“Well I thought some drunk person did it. That’s what I thought,” neighbor Rev. Roosevelt Trotter said.

Investigators say it was not a drunk driver. Instead, it was New Orleans police officer Stephanie Caldwell.

“A police officer, not a New Orleans, not a perfect New Orleans police officer,” Rev. Trotter said. “They don’t commit no crime.”

Detectives say Caldwell had gotten into a verbal, then physical altercation with a 47-year old man. According to sources, it turned out to be the 10-year veteran’s husband.

Investigators say Caldwell attempted to strike the victim with what sources say was her personal vehicle.

The victim ducked and dodged on foot.

“Let that man go head on, because a man gonna be a man. A man gonna do whatever he wanna do. And that’s one thing I will not do, run behind no man,” Lunkins said.

Caldwell drove after him, allegedly driving against traffic near North Broad and Onzaga Street.

That’s where she struck the parked car.

The chase continued onto Rousselin Drive, where Caldwell struck and cracked a wooden utility pole.

It has since been replaced.

“I think it’s just a mess,” Rev. Trotter said. “We always trying to fix stuff. We need to fix our police department first and foremost.”

“Let me tell you something, if I see my man doing something wrong, the hell away with him,” Lunkins said. “I let him keep on doing it. It will catch up with him eventually. But I’m not going to run behind no man trying to knock him down. They got too many men out here, too many women. Come on girl, get your act together.”

“I’m just ashamed. I’m like Gomer Pyle,” Rev. Trotter said. “Shame, shame, shame.”

Officer Caldwell was most recently assigned to the NOPD SWAT Team; also known at the Special Operation Division Tactical Unit.

She is currently under emergency suspension without pay, pending the outcome of a PIB investigation.

Caldwell faces charges ranging from hit and run to aggravated assault. Caldwell is the fourth NOPD officer charged with a felony within a month.


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JEFFERSON PARISH (WGNO) - Jefferson Parish investigators are looking for the men who carjacked a mother and her 14-year-old daughter near Old Metairie as neighbors grow more alert in an area they say has always been safe.

“They came over here looking for a phone,” says 74-year-old Wayne Higgins.

Higgins has lived on Bonnabel Boulevard in Metairie for 30 years, but this past Saturday was unlike any other.

“My girlfriend and I were talking to the cat, playing with the cat and the doorbell rang. I went to the door and she said we’ve been robbed, and I made her repeat it. She said we’ve been robbed and I told my girlfriend to call the police,” says Higgins, “They were in terrible shape. They were all upset. Well, you can imagine, some guys put a gun to your head.”

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 39-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter were traveling on Bonnabel when two men jumped in front of their black Chevy Cobalt asking for help. It was just before 10 p.m.

Higgins says the Cobalt pulled over just footsteps from his home behind a green Ford Explorer.

Investigators say the men were armed, one with a semi-automatic handgun, and the other with a rifle. They say the two victims were ordered out and onto the ground while four men jumped into the Cobalt leaving the Explorer behind.

“It’s a really safe area generally, like we never really thought anything like that would happen over here and it was definitely unexpected,” says Isabel Sbeiti.

48 hours later several neighbors are still in shock and now on guard in a part of town they thought was practically immune to crime.

“It’s a crazy world that we live in and for something like this to happen in Metairie i just don’t believe it,” says Metairie resident Big Lee.

Big Lee says his surveillance cameras caught the men as they backed the cobalt down Bonnabel towards I-10. Eventually one man gets out to seemingly to survey the car and cautiously drives off after a deputies arrives on scene.

“You have to be careful with everything. It’s a shame to say this, but you can hardly trust anyone anymore,” says Higgins.

Deputies are looking for a 2008, 4-door, black Chevrolet Cobalt with Louisiana license plate WTM-308.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says they are processing the green Explorer that was left behind at the scene. They say it has not been reported stolen.


stpso-fbSLIDELL, La. (WGNO) – A woman and her miniature collie were attacked by two pit bulls Wednesday morning as they walked on a trail near Slidell, officials with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office said.

According to the victim two pit bulls approached her and began to bite her dog near Hunters Point Road in the Belair subdivision.

She told police she attempted to stop the attack, and that’s when the dogs turned on her.

Officials said a neighbor heard the woman screaming and fired his 9mm pistol at the dogs. Both dogs were hit, one died at the scene.

The pit bulls were both owned by 20-year old Leonard Harvey of Slidell.

Harvey was issued a misdemeanor for violating the parish leash law.

According to authorities Harvey later made the decision to have the injured dog euthanized due to the extent of its injuries and fear that it may attack again.

The woman was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for bite wounds to her left arm and left leg.  Her dog was transported to a local veterinary clinic to be treated for its wounds.




Second NOPD Officer Faces Felony Domestic Abuse ChargesNEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Another New Orleans police officer is facing battery charges, this time after they allegedly got in a fight with the wife of a high-ranking NOPD commander.

Officer Nyketi Addison, who worked in the investigative bureau, was reassigned July 3, and an internal investigation was launched immediately after the incident a day before, according to the NOPD’s public affairs division.

According to court documents, Addison was cited for fighting with the wife of a high-ranking NOPD supervisor, Fifth Police District Commander Chris Goodly.

Addison’s attorney, Donovan Livaccari, of the Fraternal Order of Police, said she did not start the fight.

“Officer Addison is a victim in this incident,” he said. “I certainly hope that the Public Integrity Bureau treats other victims better than they treated Officer Addison. Normally, victims don’t get charged with a crime unless they actually committed one.”

Karen Goodly also faces simple battery, according to court records.

Addison is the third NOPD officer to face a battery charge this month.

Officer Christopher Carter faces one count of domestic abuse battery, and another count of domestic abuse battery involving strangulation.

Detective Robert Hurst faces simple battery steaming from allegations of domestic abuse. He was charged with attempted second degree murder, but that charge was dropped a week later.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Police say an online encounter led to an armed carjacking. It happened early Wednesday morning, when police say the victim meet a woman he’d been chatting with online. WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and reaction from witnesses.

“He was dressed for bed,” said neighbor LaSandra Spencer.

LaSandra Spencer is describing the man who stood yelling on her front porch for someone to call the cops.

Trotter asked an unidentified neighbor, “Was he calm? No he wasn’t calm. He wasn’t calm. He was just running around like he was really hysterical,” he replied.

Hysterical, because he’d just been set up.

Police say the victim was lured by a woman seen in pictures posted online. Apparently he had been chatting with her on the social media website “Tagged.”

Things took a turn for worse when detectives say she convinced the victim to meet her in the 2200 block of Saint Anthony Street around 4 o’clock Wednesday morning.

“When he got there he saw her outside. They conversed for about five minutes. She left the vehicle for a few minutes,” New Orleans Police detective Thaddeus Williams said.

When she returned investigators say she wasn’t alone.

The victim was ordered at gunpoint to get out of his red Dodge Challenger with Lamborghini doors.

Police say the woman and two men hopped in and drove away.

“I just wouldn’t think a dude that would be somebody who could afford to drive around in something like this would be that irresponsible to come meet some chick at 4am in a neighborhood he’s not familiar with his wife in bed,” Spencer said.

That’s right. According to neighbors the victim had some explaining to do to his wife, who he’d left behind in bed.

“I look at it like this, what you doing out here at 4 o’clock in the morning anyway. And then you got a wife or a girlfriend you’re supposed to be at home,” the unnamed neighbor said.

When it comes to social media and late night hook ups detective Thaddeus Williams says don’t do it.

“Meeting someone online, you never know what might happen. So my advice is to just stay away from it,” Williams explained.

“You look for trouble you’re going to find it. And he was looking at 4 o’clock in the morning. I think he found the trouble he was after, just not what he wanted,” Spencer added.

If you recognize the woman in the pictures, or if you see the Dodge Challenger call Crimestoppers, (504) 822-1111.