N.O. police seek leads in 11-year-old’s murder
A shooting that killed 11-year-old Arabian Gayles earlier this month was likely the result of a random robbery, New Orleans police believe. Now detectives are looking for three gunmen in connection with the slaying.
In an effort to help investigators make arrests in the case, Crimestoppers on Thursday announced the reward money has been increased to $12,500.
Donations of $5,000 from the New Orleans Family Foundation Fund and $2,500 from the employer of a Gayles family member were added to the previous reward of $5,000.
Arabian was killed Sept. 2 when a bullet pierced a wall of her home in the 1300 block of Gen. Ogden Street in the Carrollton area. A cousin and a 38-year-old man were also injured in the shooting but survived.
Police have interviewed three men in connection with the case but have not named a suspect.
The reward money will be given for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or people responsible for the crime.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.
Three indicted on separate rape charges
A Jefferson Parish grand jury indicted three men Thursday in unrelated rape cases, two involving juveniles and one against an adult woman. The latter case includes an attempted murder charge.
Terrence Payne, 24, of Gretna was charged in 24th Judicial District Court with aggravated rape and attempted murder of a 31-year-old woman. He is being held on $1 million bond.
Kevin Muth, 50, of Westwego, received a four-count indictment for allegedly sexually abusing an 11-year-old between August 2011 and January 2013, in addition to three counts leveled in August for allegedly abusing a 6-year-old boy earlier this year. The counts include aggravated rape of a child under 13, sexual battery, and possession and use of child pornography.
Muth reportedly performed oral sex on the 6-year-old, and authorities found hundreds of pornographic images on his home computer. He is being held on $1.55 million bond.
Clifton Ray, 46, of Harvey was indicted on five counts — two of aggravated rape, two of sexual battery and one of oral sexual battery between July 2010 and July 2012 — involving a victim who is now 14. Ray is being held on $1.3 million bond.
Two banks robbed Thursday in N.O.
The FBI is investigating separate bank robberies that occurred Thursday on the east and west banks of New Orleans.
The first robbery happened about 9:10 a.m. at the CapitalOne bank at 3800 Gen. DeGaulle Drive in Algiers. The robber walked into the bank, took out a gun and demanded money from a teller, said Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s New Orleans office. The man left the bank with an undetermined amount of cash and walked toward the West Best Expressway on Gen. DeGaulle.
The robber is described as a black man with dark skin, in his mid or late 20s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 with a slim build. He wore a dark shirt and dark pants.
The second robbery happened about 12:10 p.m. at the Chase bank at 2020 St. Charles Ave., near Jackson Avenue.
The robber approached a teller and demanded money while he pointed a gun. The robber escaped with an unknown amount of cash.
He is described as a black man, about 5-foot-2, with an unshaven face. He wore blue jeans, a blue long-sleeved T-shirt, a black Boston Red Sox cap and gloves.
Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to contact the FBI at (504) 816-3000 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man, 26, shot in Lower Garden District
A 26-year-old man was shot Thursday night in the Lower Garden District, police said.
The shooting happened just before 7 p.m. in the 500 block of Josephine Street. The victim was standing in front of a home when two gunmen opened fire, said officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman. The victim was reported in critical condition at the hospital.
N.O. East couple charged with murder
A New Orleans East couple was indicted on murder and conspiracy charges Thursday in the death of the woman’s husband, who was found shot dead, execution-style, with his hands bound behind his back.
Charity Nguyen and Khoi Quang Hoang, both 35, were arrested in June for allegedly plotting the killing. But an Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday charged both for the first time with the murder itself.
The woman’s husband, Lien Nguyen, a Kenner convenience store owner, was allegedly abducted from his home on Sandalwood Street on April 23. He was shot dead a short time later, a mile away in the 4200 block of McCoy Street. He was found with his hands tied behind his back and his $14,000 Rolex watch still on his wrist. He had been shot in the head and chest.
Each defendant was charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. Hoang was additionally charged with solicitation for murder.