(July 10, 2013) New Orleans Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who may have critical information about the fatal hit and Run death of Officer Rodney Thomas, which happened Sunday July 07, 2013 on the Highrise.
Investigators would like to speak with the unidentified man about the hit and run death of Officer Rodney Thomas. The photograph was taken at the “best of the best” shop the morning Officer Thomas was killed.
Investigators say the unknown male is not a suspect. He is simply a person of interest.
A Photograph of the “person of interest” is attached to this press release.
Detective Sergeant Daniel McMullen is in charge of the investigation.
Crimestoppers is offering up to a $15,000 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. The police force, which currently employs dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD
Officer Frank B. Robertson, III