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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

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Authorities have been searching for a child rapist who has been on the run for over ten years.

Daniel Leija, now 50, is a former school bus driver from Yakima County, who has had a warrant out for his arrest for first degree child rape in Sunnyside, WA between the years 1997-2002.

The two victims, also residents of Sunnyside, were both females under the age of fifteen during the five-year period in which the crime occurred.

In 2002, both females went to Sunnyside Police Department to report the rapes they endured over a five-year period. Police then uncovered trunks and backpacks filled with over 100 videotapes recording the assaults. Leija was arrested and charged with multiple counts of rape and exploitation of minors and was held on $250,00 bail. However, Yakima Superior Court Judge Heather Van Nuys reduced his bail to $60,000 and he was released after relatives came up with the lower amount.

He immediately fled the area after his bail-release and hasn’t been seen since.

According to U.S. Marshals, who eventually took over the case, Leija was last known to be in Mexico.

It is believed that he is living under a different identity and has most likely altered his appearance.

Back when his bail was reduced, Leija was facing 18 counts of first degree rape and molestation, eight counts of second degree rape and molestation, two counts of third degree rape and molestation, 12 counts of sexual exploitation and with jumping bail.

Taylor-Wylie is a woman who lived with Leija in Sunnyside prior to his arrant. She says all of the sexual assaults counts are for actions he took against her daughters over a five-year period. She said in 2002 her daughters complained about Leija’s sexual assaults.

Wylie contends that Leija has made return visits to Sunnyside to visit family. She said his family claims he has since drowned, which she calls a “blatant lie.

Wylie’s daughters are now young adults but according to her, the wounds are still open.

“We try to go on, but the girls, they’re still drastically affected by it,” Taylor-Wylie said. “Anger, fear, tears… they’re so fragile.”

Taylor-Wylie says she and her four daughters, who now live in Bremerton, want to see Leija brought to justice.

Daniel Leija was recently featured on America’s Most Wanted, with the latest airing on October 12, 2012.

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Sex: Male
Race: Hispanic
Age then: 40
Current Age: 50
Height/Weight: 5’7” tall 190 pounds
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
Black
Eyes: Brown
Last Seen:
Yakima County , Sunnyside WA
Last Known Locations:
Yakima County , Sunnyside WA (and possibly Mexico)

 

Outdated mugshot photo of Leija with no facial hair

If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact: U.S. Marshals by calling 509-654-5060