Suspect in April 24 Port Allen killing arrested in Texas

Roosevelt D. Jones
Roosevelt D. Jones

An Addis man accused of fatally shooting a 36-year-old Plaquemine man during a
Port Allen drug deal was arrested Wednesday in Texas, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

The U.S. Marshals Service apprehended Roosevelt D. Jones, 19, 3441 Bird Heights, Addis, around 8:38 a.m. in Garland, Texas, and booked him with principal to first-degree murder in the slaying of Leon Banks, 36, of Plaquemine, sheriff’s spokesman Col. Richie Johnson said.

Johnson said Jones moved to Texas shortly after the April 24 shootout with Banks in the parking lot of Wal-Mart at 3255 La. 1 S. in Port Allen.

Jones and Banks were involved in a drug deal that “went bad,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the Sheriff’s Office hopes to have Jones returned to West Baton Rouge Parish by next week to face prosecution.

Johnson also said there could be other arrests in connection to the incident.

Deputies reported witnesses told them that Jones and Banks exchanged gunfire inside the car Jones was driving the night of the shooting.

Jones’ arrest was the second authorities have made in connection with their investigation of Banks’ death.

Arrested on April 24 was Alfred Watts III, 30, 57642 Truehope Lane, Plaquemine, who was booked into the parish jail on counts of felony possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.

Banks died in East Baton Rouge Parish as Watts was attempting to get Banks to a hospital for treatment, according to sheriff’s reports.

A state district judge gave authorities permission April 30 to search the home of Jones’ brother, Samson Okafor, of Baton Rouge, according to a request filed in 19th Judicial District Court.

The request says Jones had been wounded during the shootout with Banks
and sought treatment at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge.

West Baton Rouge deputies asked the court for permission to search Okafor’s apartment after he allegedly lied to detectives by saying he did not know the location of Jones’ car even though investigators had found the car parked outside of Okafor’s apartment complex, the request says.