The New Orleans Police Department’s Violent Offender Warrant Squad apprehended 20-year-old Jonathan Joseph in connection with the murder of 42-year-old Juan Yacabalquiej.
Shortly after 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 3, 2013, police located Yacabalquiej lying in the rear yard of a residence in the 3000 block of Danneel Street suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Yacabalquiej was transported to the hospital where he later died.
This morning, police located Joseph at 2325 Fourth Street where Joseph was arrested and later booked with Second Degree Murder. Joseph confessed to investigators to his involvement in the murder of Yacabalquiej.
Lead Homicide Detective Travis Ward also positively identified 19-year-old Jamar Armstrong as a co-perpetrator in the murder. Armstrong is currently wanted for Second Degree Murder.
Jonathan Joseph is currently on probation until February 2014 for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and he was previously arrested on a warrant.
Jamar Armstrong has previous arrests for Possession of a Concealed Weapon and an attachment.
Jonathan Joseph Jamar Armstrong
Citizens with information that can help locate Yacabalquiej are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867). You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at www.crimestoppersgno.org .
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 is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit http://nola.gov/nopd.
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.
Officer Hilal Williams