WANTED: Parkview double murder suspect still at large
UPDATE: Delarrious Jones is no longer identified by law enforcement as a suspect in the shooting of a 14-year-old in Monroe. Changes are reflected below.
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Monroe police are still looking for a man accused in a double homicide at Parkview Apartments, but they no longer are identifying him as a suspect in a second shooting that happened 10 days later.
Law enforcement reported on Sept. 17 that Delarrious Jones, 28, was thought to be involved in shooting at four teenagers riding bicycles on South 1st Street on Sept. 11. As of Sept. 18, they said they no longer believe he’s involved. You can read more about the case below.
Jones is, however, still a highly sought-after suspect. He is still wanted in connection with the Parkview homicides and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Monroe police said officers responded to the apartment complex just before 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 1. When they arrived, they discovered two men dead in the parking lot. The deceased victims were identified as Oyah Smith and Lamarcus Plater.
Along with Jones, police identified two other suspects in the Parkview shooting. They are Daniel Towns, 22, and Mario Jones, 19. Both have since been arrested. Jones faces two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the Parkview shooting.
Jones is described as a black male, 6″01′ inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, wearing dreadlock hair with a medium-dark complexion. If you know where to find Delarrious Jones, you are asked to contact MPD at 318-329-2600. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of North Delta through Facebook or by calling (318) 388-CASH (2274). Additionally, you can go to www.crimestoppersnorthdelta.com or download the P3 Tips app on a smartphone.
If your tip leads to an arrest and /or indictment, you will be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. If you provide information, your identity will remain confidential.
14-year-old shot while riding bicycle in Monroe
In the case of the South 1st Street shooting which happened on Sept. 11, Jones' apparent lack of involvement now means one of two people believed to be involved goes back to being unidentified, at least publicly. It’s unclear whether police have developed a suspect that has not yet been shared.
One suspected shooter, Billy Leshun Coleman, 20, was arrested on Sept. 15.
Court records related to the case state that four teens were riding their bicycles on South 1st Street that afternoon when they were met with gunfire. Records state that a 14-year-old was shot and had to be air-lifted to Shreveport for treatment. Police say the shots were fired from the southwest in the direction of the Breece Housing Complex. Spent 9mm and .40 caliber shell casings were found in the area.
An arrest report from January detailed a prior encounter between Coleman and one of the teens who was not shot. In it, Coleman is accused of attacking the victim, knocking him down, and stomping on his head. Coleman was arrested on a charge of second-degree battery and bonded out, but court records show he failed to show up for a hearing and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
Coleman was booked on one count of attempted second-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
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