Franklin man arrested in killing of man
St. Mary Parish sheriff’s detectives arrested a Franklin man early Tuesday in the killing of a man whose body was found on La. 182 in the Sorrel area between Jeanerette and Franklin, an official said.
Jazmine Jamal Jackson, 20, was booked on one count of first-degree murder of the man, whose identity has not been released pending notification of the victim’s family, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said.
Detectives arrested Jackson at 1:54 a.m. Tuesday as the suspect walked on Main Street in Franklin. The suspect did not resist arrest, Landry said in a news release.
Deputies found the victim’s body after someone reported seeing it.
Landry said detectives saw the victim had been shot.
Later Monday, the Sheriff’s Office received a tip that Jackson pulled the trigger, Landry said.
“Detectives believe Jackson drove the victim to Sorrel Bridge Approach Road and shot him,” Landry said.
The investigation continues, she said.
Inmate accused of kidnap, rape in jail
The inmate suspected of attacking and holding a guard hostage Monday at the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center is now accused of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape, a Sheriff’s Office official said.
Melvin Celestine held a guard in the jail’s laundry room and kept authorities at bay for 85 minutes until he surrendered, according to Maj. Ginny Higgins, St. Martin Parish sheriff’s public information officer.
“The inmate detained the correctional officer for a short period of time, and after a brief period of active negotiations with the inmate, at approximately 9:10 p.m., the situation was diffused and the incident was resolved peacefully,” Higgins said in a news release.
She said the ordeal lasted from 7:45 p.m. until 9:10 p.m.
Higgins said the guard was assaulted while being held hostage by Celestine, who had been in jail since June 10, 2011, on a Breaux Bridge breaking and entering charge.
Celestine, 45, sustained what investigators said was a self-inflicted injury before he surrendered and let the hostage go, Higgins said in an email.
Higgins said the Sheriff’s Office, because of the ongoing investigation is not releasing the name or gender of the guard, or if they believe Celestine had a weapon.
Man accused of child porn possession
A New Iberia man was arrested Tuesday on 10 counts of possessing child pornography, the state Attorney General’s Office announced.
Christopher Ramos-Hernandez, 26, 808 Jefferson Terrance Blvd., Apartment 25-C, was booked on suspicion he produced, distributed, possessed and intended to distribute pornography involving juveniles, the office said in a prepared statement.
The release said the Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit worked with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, State Police and the Department of Homeland Security.
Ramos-Hernandez faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.
Ramos-Hernandez has not been formally charged by the Iberia Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Traffic stop in Crowley leads to murder arrest
A Crowley police officer making a traffic stop Monday night discovered the driver was a murder suspect wanted in Houston, Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson said.
Adrian Aguilar, 43, was arrested on a warrant from Houston that identified him as a suspect in a December 2012 slaying, Gibson said in a news release.
Gibson said Aguilar had been staying in the Jennings-Crowley area, though his driver’s license indicated he was a resident of Douglasville, Pa.
“Once the officer discovered that the driver was wanted for murder, he used good judgment, waited for backup and took the suspect into custody without incident,” Gibson said.