Members of the New Orleans Police Department’s Lakeview Crime
Prevention District arrested two brothers - 38-year-old Michael
Battenberg and 40-year-old Thomas Battenberg - after officers
received information from our concerned citizens of suspicious
activity. The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 P.M., in the
6900 block of Vicksburg Street.
According to investigators, Sergeant Doug Eckert of the L.C.P.D.
responded to the scene and observed a door opened to a home and two
individuals putting electronics in a SUV. When the Sergeant went to
investigate the suspects entered the SUV and fled the scene. Sergeant
Eckert activated his lights and siren at which time the suspects
continued to flee. After a vehicle pursuit, the suspect stopped the
vehicle in a parking lot in the 100 block of Veterans Boulevard, where
both suspects fled on foot. The driver, Thomas was apprehended at
Veterans and Homestead and the second suspect fled into the Seventh
Street Canal. A short while later The Special Operations Division
arrived on the scene and searched for the suspect by boat. The
officers found the second suspect, Michael hiding under the bridge and
Superintendent of Police Ronal Serpas said, because of the alertness
and vigilance of our citizens and the quick response of the Lakeview
Crime Prevention Sergeant, the information assisted the officers in
apprehending the suspects and preventing them from committing other
Both suspects are being interviewed and will be booked accordingly.
Additional information on these arrests and/or subsequent prosecutions
can be obtained via the Docket Master at www.opcso.org.
If you have any further information on this incident or suspects,
please call the Third District at 658-6030. You may also call
Crimestoppers anonymously at 822-1111.
Remember to report any suspicious persons or activities you see in
your neighborhood by calling 821-2222. In an emergency, call 911
Major Greg Elder
New Orleans Police Department
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