Posts Tagged ‘Crime Stoppers’

01/09/13 LOUISIANA – A Crimestoppers tip led authorities Tuesday to a Kentwood house where a man wanted for allegedly murdering a mother in front of her children in New Orleans was being hidden by his ex-girlfriend, police said. The suspect’s gunfire in Central City last month also wounded three other people, said Remi Braden, a spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department.

U.S. marshals and the NOPD’s Violent Offenders Warrant Squad picked up 39-year-old Larry Haynes around 5 a.m. at his ex-girlfriend’s house in Kentwood.

Haynes was booked into a Tangipahoa Parish jail on Tuesday. Police said he would be transferred to the Orleans Parish jail on Wednesday to be booked on one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

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Larry Haynes, 39, accused of murdering 26-year-old mother in front of her children, as well as shooting three others.

Police said Haynes opened fire after an argument in the 2800 block of South Roman Street at about 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 1. He allegedly killed 26-year-old Tiara Reynolds while her children looked on. He also shot his 32-year-old girlfriend in the arm, a 48-year-old man in the head and another man in the body, police said.

Detectives found a trail of blood leading from the crime scene, suggesting that Haynes may have been wounded in the shooting. The lead homicide detective in the case, Elizabeth Garcia, identified Haynes as a suspect within hours of the killing. Police released Haynes’ photo later on Dec. 1.

“This was an excellent job done by Detective Garcia. … We knew it was only a matter of time before someone gave him up,” NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a news release Tuesday.

Haynes’ prior arrests included for first-degree murder during a crime, using a firearm during a crime, battery on a police officer, domestic violence, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, crack and marijuana possession, and flight from an officer.

“Looking at his lengthy record, it’s obvious that our officers have arrested this man time and time again — including on an illegal firearm charge,” Serpas said. “He had no business walking the streets last month, and should never have had the opportunity to kill this mother in front of her children.”

According to a report on The Uptown Messenger, Haynes was employed as a janitor at Lusher Charter School’s Fortier campus at 5624 Freret St. After Haynes was named as a suspect, the school changed all its locks and consulted with investigators. The incident prompted the school to review its processes for screening employees.

Police had said on Dec. 5 they believed a friend or family member was aiding Haynes in eluding the police. Police warned then that anyone caught helping him could be charged with being an accessory after the fact, which can carry up to five years in prison and a $500 fine.

It was not immediately known whether the ex-girlfriend who was housing Haynes in Kentwood would be arrested and charged. An NOPD spokesman said that decision would be made by Tangipahoa Parish authorities.

Source of article: NOLA

 

Laralee Spear, 15

Date Found: 04/25/94 (according to Deland County Police website. Although some reports say 04/26/94)

Location Found: Deerfoot Road, Deland, Florida

Laralee Spear was a fifteen year old freshman who attended Deland High School. She was described as an A-student who had many friends and was part of the cheerleading squad. Laralee enjoyed riding her bike, sing in her church choir, and playing her violin. She loved animals, especially horses and hoped to become a pediatrician. Sadly she would never have a chance to fulfill her career dream.

On the morning of April 25, 1994, Laralee had woken up early to get ready and go to school. School rang out at 3:15pm and she took the bus to get home. The bus stopped on South Spring Garden Avenue, which was only a few blocks from Laralee’s home. The teen had her own route which included walking by Deerfoot Road. She promptly disappeared somewhere between the bus-stop and her home and it didn’t take Barbara Spear, Laralee’s mother, long to call Deland Police Department and report her daughter missing. Mothers Instinct told her something was not right. She knew her daughter and knew she would never run away.

Ninety minutes after calling police, her body was spotted by a police helicopter in a secluded area behind an abandoned house on Deerfoot Road. She had been murdered by multiple gunshots.

It wasn’t the first time this vacant house was a crime-scene. About one year prior, the house had been burned down and many believe the unknown killer was familiar with the area. Laralee’s walking route was right by Deerfoot Road and it’s possible she was picked at random. It’s also possible that the killer knew her or seen the teen and knew her walking route.

The area has had a history of complaints. Cops have been called to this house before. Teenagers often use the place for drug parties, neighbors say. There’s an old railroad trestle nearby.

Several witnesses from the neighborhood informed cops that they saw a black low-rider truck speeding away from the area at about the time the girl disappeared.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at (888) 277-TIPS.