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NOPD Issues Warrant in Americorps Worker's Death

May 24, 2013

(May 24, 2013)-Last night Members of the NOPD’s Homicide division issued a warrant for the arrest of 18-year-old Glen Emerson, for the role he played in the fatal wounding of 18-year-old Joseph Massenburg an Illinois resident. Officers found Massenburg shot multiple times in the 1500 block of Eagle Street around 10:40pm, Monday April 01, 2013.

Massenburg had been talking on his mobile phone prior to walking outside of his residence, when witnesses stated moments later Emerson drove up in a white Lexus SUV.  The passengers inside of the vehicle opened fire on Massenburg striking him several times. Emerson then drove off with the gunman still inside of the vehicle. EMS Technicians arrived on the scene and transported Massenburg to the hospital where he later died. Detective Robert Barrere was able to develop Emerson as the driver of the SUV through witness involvement. 

NOPD still needs the public’s assistance in locating the white Lexus SUV Emerson and his accomplices used in the shooting.

Emerson has been previously arrested for Battery, Criminal Trespass, and Reckless Operation of a Vehicle.

Homicide Detective Robert Barrere is in charge of the investigation.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the 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 . 

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. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit


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Last updated: 5/31/2013 11:42:17 AM

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