NOPD Homicide detectives tonight booked a man in the shooting death of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels and the wounding of her 18-year-old caretaker.
Both victims were shot last Thursday night in the 2800-block of South Saratoga Street. The baby died of her wounds that night. The teenager’s injuries were not life-threatening.
This morning, NOPD Traffic Officer Ernest Bringier pulled over 24-year-old Keelen Armstrong for speeding on the I-10 Eastbound near the Crowder Boulevard exit. When he pulled up Armstrong’s record, he found that Armstrong had a suspended driver’s license as well as attachments for his arrest in Gretna, so he was taken into custody.
By coincidence, Homicide Detective Robert Barrere established Armstrong as a suspect in the baby’s killing, just a couple of hours after Armstrong’s arrest. Armstrong was then relocated to Homicide for questioning, and booked tonight with one count of First-Degree Murder and one count of Attempted First-Degree Murder.
Investigators also believe another individual was involved in the shooting, and efforts are being made to locate him.
“I’d like the people of New Orleans to recognize that it took this police department less than 7 days to make an arrest in this case”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “Our Sixth District officers, crime scene technicians, firearms examiners and homicide detectives put hours and hours of hard work into this case. They’re dedicated officers, and they’re also dedicated members of this community. They were determined to identify those responsible for killing this baby.”
Detectives are also looking tonight for a Person-of-Interest in the General Ogden Street shootings, which killed 11-year-old Arabian Gails, and wounded her 11-year-old cousin and a 38-year-old local man.
Officers want to speak with 33-year-old Keith Ward. They believe Ward was on the scene of the crime early Monday morning, and they think he may have critical information that can assist in the investigation.
Anyone with information in either the South Saratoga Street or General Ogden Street shootings is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111. In both of these cases, the reward has been doubled to $5000 for tips that lead to arrests and eventual indictments.
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Contact: Remi Braden