Archives: July2017

Chalmette man booked with extortion and online impersonation

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

A Chalmette man out on a $10,000 bond awaiting trial for charges related to an August 2016 arrest for computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile teen-age girl is being investigated for running an elaborate catfishing scheme to force women into sexual relationships, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Paul Bradford Jr., 22, of 40 Packenham Ave. in Chalmette, was booked July 7 with non consensual disclosure of a private image and July 10 with extortion and online impersonation. Sheriff Pohlmann said both recent instances involve adult female victims.

Sheriff Pohlmann said Bradford is accused of allegedly creating various fake social media accounts and using them to catfish, or scam people into romantic or sexual relationships.

In some instances, Bradford posed as fake persons, and in others he assumed the identity of actual individuals known to the victims and posed as them throughout multiple conversations, unbenounced to the victim and the person whose identity he stole.

Once Bradford befriended these individuals, they said he would coerce them into sending him sexually explicit photographs and videos of themselves. Once the images were obtained by Bradford, the victims said he would begin to threaten to share them with people they know or post them online if they didn’t comply with his requests for sexual favors.

Sheriff Pohlmann said the phenomenon of catfishing is becoming more and more prevalent.

“In today’s world of social media and technological advances people need to be less trusting to individuals they meet online and more leery about what they share with them,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “Parents especially need to be more vigilant about monitoring what their children are doing online and make every effort to keep the lines of communication open about the dangers associated with these types of scams.”

Sheriff Pohlmann said the investigation into Bradford’s online activity is ongoing and additional charges are possible as nearly a dozen more adult females have come forward claiming to have been victimized by him. Bradford is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison on a $25,000 bond.

Anyone who believes they were victimized by Bradford or knows someone who may have been should report it to the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau by calling Sgt. Jessica Gernados at (504) 278-7731.



A Day Of Observance” Held To Honor Local First Responders

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

Members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Wisconsin were in town July 12 to help Timothy Trumpet of Truth Ministry in Arabi host “A Day of Observance” for first responders. Kristen Rahn, youth group leader, standing left forefront, and youth group members on a mission trip to New Orleans took a moment to say a prayer for St. Bernard Parish police officers who put their lives on the line for members of their community.

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann, right, visits with Justin Steinke, youth director from Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Wisconsin, left, during “A Day of Observance” hosted by Timothy Trumpet of Truth Ministry in Arabi for local first responders.

Pastor Robert Collins of Timothy Trumpet of Truth Ministry hosted “A Day of Observance” for local first responders to show appreciation for their hard work, dedication and willingness to put their lives on the line to protect their community. Church members honored St. Bernard Parish police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians by serving them meals throughout the day on July 12 on the church grounds, 7451 W. St. Bernard Highway in Arabi.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy final week

Posted: July 13th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

Junior Deputy Academy participants pledge to practice gun safety.

Junior Deputy Academy participant Nathan Doucet signs his Project Childsafe Pledge Certificate promising to practice gun safety by never handling a gun without the supervision of an adult.

Junior Deputy Academy participants learn about the various parts of a rifle from Maj. David DiMaggio.

Lt. Raymond Theriot instructs Junior Deputy Academy participants on how to properly handle a rifle.

Lt. Raymond Theriot instructs Junior Deputy Academy participants Abigail Mowers, left, and Mason Mowers on how to properly handle a rifle.

Maj. David DiMaggio instructs Junior Deputy Academy participant Sophia Menant on how to properly handle a rifle while at the St. Bernard Pistol and Rifle Range.

Luke Marengo, a member of the St. Bernard Pistol and Rifle Range, donated his time to teach Junior Deputy Academy participant Preslie Garcia about gun safety.

Sandy Mumphrey, a member of the St. Bernard Pistol and Rifle Range, donated his time to supervise Junior Deputy Academy participants like Bob Mendel during a course about gun safety.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy’s final week included a visit to the St. Bernard Pistol and Rifle Range in eastern St. Bernard Parish and lessons on gun safety. The program, held June 6 through July 12, is designed to teach youngsters about the various aspects of law enforcement. A graduation ceremony for the Junior Deputies will be held July 19.

Members of the St. Bernard Pistol and Rifle Range not only offered the use of their facility for this class, they also volunteered their time to help instruct Junior Deputy Academy participants on gun safety and how to properly handle rifles.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division Receives Donation From Knights Of Nemesis

Posted: July 11th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division recently received a $250 donation from the Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade. At the check presentation are, from left: Reserve Dep. Mike Chutz, Robby Showalter, Nemesis treasurer; Don Picou, Nemesis vice president; Billy Showalter, Nemesis president; Sgt. Eric Eilers; Reserve Lt. Tony Jeansonne; and Reserve Dep. Robert Smith.


 
The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division recently received a $250 donation from the Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade.

The donation was presented by Nemesis President Billy Showalter, Vice President Don Picou and Treasurer Robby Showalter. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Reserve Division were Sgt. Eric Eilers, Reserve Lt. Tony Jeansonne, Reserve Dep. Mike Chutz and Reserve Dep. Robert Smith.

The Reserve Division is comprised of volunteer officers who supplement the Sheriff’s Office’s regular force of sheriff’s deputies, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

“Our Reserve Division plays an important role in supplementing our police force in specific situations, including working during large scale events such as festivals, parades and athletic events throughout the parish,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “ Many have gone on to become full-time, paid sheriff’s deputies and are still with us.”

Capt. Charles Borchers, commander of the Reserve Division, said reserve officers are unpaid, volunteer deputies.

“You do not need a background in law enforcement,” Borchers said. “We provide all training and supply uniforms as well.”

To apply, Borchers said a person must meet the following criteria:

-Live in St. Bernard Parish
-Be at least 21 years old
-Have earned a high school diploma or GED
-Have a clean police record; background checks will be conducted.

For more information, or to obtain an application, contact Capt. Borchers at (504) 278-7628 or Sgt. Eilers at (504) 278-7799.



St. Bernard sheriff’s Office seeks suspect who stole and used the debit card of an elderly man who had suffered a diabetic episode

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who is wanted for stealing an elderly Chalmette man’s debit card while he laid unconscious in his vehicle in the Lower Ninth Ward, disoriented and suffering from a diabetic episode, and later using it to make purchases in Arabi.

On July 6, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said, deputies responded to a missing persons call about an elderly diabetic male who could not be located by his family. Family members advised deputies the man’s debit card had been used several times since he went missing, including at an Arabi business.

When deputies arrived at the business to investigate they observed on store surveillance video a black male wearing a dark in color shirt, pants and dark shoes purchasing items with the victim’s debit card.

A short time later, Sheriff Pohlmann said, the missing man was found by deputies, disoriented and apparently suffering from a diabetic episode, lying across the front seat of his vehicle while parked along Claiborne Avenue in the Lower Ninth Ward.

The elderly man transported by EMS to a nearby hospital for treatment, where doctors said if he had been found just a short time later he may not have survived.

Deputies suspect the elderly man became disoriented when his sugar levels dropped and mistakenly drove his vehicle into the Lower Ninth Ward and parked along Claiborne Avenue when he began to feel ill. They believe the suspect stole the elderly man’s wallet while he was lying unconscious in his vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity, his whereabouts or further information regarding this incident is asked to call the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or Crimestoppers GNO at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters who call Crimestoppers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify and could be eligible for a cash reward.