(January 22, 2014) On Saturday, January 18th, 2014, at approximately 11:45pm, Fourth District Officer Daniel Plustache conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of General Meyer and Pace Boulevard on a silver or light green in color Honda Pilot. The stop was the result of the only female occupant being slumped over the steering wheel.
As Officer Plustache continued with his investigation, the female leaned towards the passenger side door in an attempt to open the door and flee at that point Officer Plustache grabbed the arm of the female in an attempt to subdue her; the female then immediately and without hesitation started the vehicle and proceeded to put it in drive. Officer Plustache still hanging on the driver’s side door, the female proceeded to accelerate the vehicle and drove in an erratic manner in an attempt to throw Officer Plustache from the vehicle. As a result of the reckless operation by the female, Officer Plustache was thrown from the vehicle and subsequently landed face down. The female fled the scene making good her escape, leaving Officer Plustache lying in the street injured as a direct result of being thrown from the vehicle.
Officer Plustache sustained minor injuries to his forehead and body. He was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. Officer Plustache who’s a 15 year veteran of the force is expected to make a full recovery.
During the course the investigation detectives learned Officer Plustache’s cruiser’s dash camera was fully operational and captured the fleeing vehicle’s license plate number. The vehicle’s registered owner was identified as 35-year-old Latoya Brandi Alexis, a resident of Federal City in Algiers. Detectives obtained a photograph and presented a line up to Officer Plustache where he positively identified Alexis as the driver of the fleeing vehicle.
Based on this evidence Detective Jeff Wellborn was able to secure a warrant for Alexis’ arrest. Once apprehended she will be booked and charged with one count of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Reckless Operation.
A photograph of Latoya Brandi Alexis is attached to this release.
Crimestoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. Citizens with information regarding this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-STOP (7867). Callers do not have to leave their name nor testify in court to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.
Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD .
Officer Frank B. Robertson, III