Members of NOPD’s Violent Offenders Warrants Squad (VOWS) today arrested one suspected gunman for a murder that happened in Algiers a few weeks ago. A second man was also booked in the same killing. He was identified and found to have been already incarcerated on unrelated charges.
VOWS picked up 18-year-old Brent Riggins this morning on Horace Street for gunning down 18-year-old Jared Hester in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 1500-block of Southlawn Boulevard on Friday, October 4th.
This past Saturday, Homicide Detective Maggie Darling, who was the lead investigator in the case, arrested a second man for the same killing. 18-year-old Aaron Thibodeaux was already in Orleans Parish Prison on other charges.
Both Riggins and Thibodeaux were booked with Second Degree Murder.
Within minutes of the shooting, Officers Lakieth Jernigan and George Olivier of the Fourth District Task Force were on the scene, chased and quickly apprehended the two suspects. They also located one of the murder weapons that the suspects had attempted to discard. Riggins and Thibodeaux were taken in for questioning, but at that time, there was not sufficient evidence to arrest them.
Through Detective Darling’s investigation as well as forensic testing performed on the retrieved weapon found close to the murder scene, arrest warrants were obtained for both Riggins and Thibodeaux.
Brent Riggins has one misdemeanor arrest and two municipal arrests. He was previously arrested for Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and municipal attachments.
Aaron Thibodeaux has been previously arrested for Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Flight From an Officer, Criminal Trespass and Bail jumping.
A third suspect is believed to have taken part in Hester’s murder. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111.
“More great progress is being made by our detectives in Homicide to make our streets safer. I want to thank Detective Darling for her consistent efforts and dedication to clearing this case”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“I also want to recognize the tremendous work done by Fourth District Officers Jernigan and Olivier, who initially caught the suspects and spotted a gun they used in the crime. This was teamwork at its best.”
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Contact: Remi Braden