Police searching for “good Samaritan” who avenged murder of store owner: ‘Did an awesome job’

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BATON ROUGE, LA – Baton Rouge Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Lawrence said in a Monday morning press conference that his department is looking for a “person of interest”.

That individual is also described as a good Samaritan who shot and killed the man who had just shot and killed a cell phone store owner last Friday. 

Lawrence said that the shooter “did an awesome job” when he took down the murderous robber, but also said it’s not clear whether that person could face charges or whether he was justified in his decision to pull the trigger.  Detectives haven’t been able to find him since he fled the scene Friday afternoon.

Lawrence stated:

“He stood up for this community during that incident, which is something that’s hard to do.  If you’re watching, if you’re listening, please come talk to us.”

The man is official considered a “person of interest” and not a “suspect” mainly because Louisiana’s “stand your ground” law allows people to defend themselves and their property under some specific circumstances.  Law enforcement investigators haven’t determined whether this incident meets those criteria.

Baton Rouge police believe that the second shooter, or good Samaritan, witnessed an armed robbery at the Wise Communications cell phone store on Sherwood Forest Boulevard in Eastern Baton Rouge. 

The armed robbery suspect, later identified as Timothy McCoy, shot and killed Mahmod Khalaf inside the store.  Surveillance video shows the shooter exiting the store in pursuit of the robber, retrieving a gun and shooting McCoy a short distance from the building.

Both McCoy and the business owner were pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to the Baton Rouge Advocate:

“At the crime scene surrounding Wise Communications on Friday afternoon, dozens of people gathered along the busy commercial thoroughfare, standing in the sunlight and wondering what could have prompted such a brazen display of senseless violence.

Several people who work in the area also said Wise Communications has been around for years, so long that they used to sell pagers before switching exclusively to cell phones. The store sells phones and service plans in addition to repairing broken devices.”

Khalaf and McCoy were two of five people killed Friday in Baton Rouge shootings, a spike in deadly gun violence that left law enforcement leaders and elected officials pleading for peace.

Baton Rouge is on track to break an unfortunate record – with now 103 murders in the medium-sized city in central Louisiana, the town is set to break the all-time murder record there of 106 murders.  That’s for the entire year of 2017, and there’s still another five weeks left in 2020. 

That record, and the previous one, are according to unofficial records maintained by The Advocate, which tracks intentional and unjustified killings across the parish. The numbers could change in the future based on whether some homicides are ruled justified or accidental and vice versa. One of the five shootings Friday has been deemed justified, according to police.

As long as violence is glorified, murders will rage on in Baton Rouge and many other cities.  This post from November 22nd shows us the mentality – and explains the outcome of another violent event:

“NBA Youngboy’s Brother Big B Is In Stable Condition At Hospital After He Was Shot In Leg At Baton Rouge Gas Station. Suspect Who Shot Him Is Dead.”

And this:

“The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a 22-year-old man wanted in a homicide that happened August 21, 2020.

Dominik Johnson is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. He has ties to Mississippi, New Orleans, and Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s considered armed and dangerous, EBRSO says.”

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul summed it up:

“This has got to stop.  We do a pretty good job of putting the bad actors in jail … but we need to start preventing crimes.  Look, changing a violent culture is hard.”

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Caught on camera: Armed, masked criminals beat man with gun, steal his truck

November 13, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Three men wearing masks and armed with handguns were caught on video terrorizing a man before beating him up and stealing his pickup truck from in front of his home on Wednesday, November 11th. 

In the Northeastern New Orleans community of Little Wood, in broad daylight around 4 p.m., the three demanded the man’s vehicle keys. When he refused to hand them over, he was beaten several times with a handgun until he relented.

The video showed the group of suspects walking by the man’s driveway as the victim was looking into the bed of his truck. All three men pulled out weapons – two pistols and an AK-47-style rifle – and approached him.

He put up his hands and then goes off camera – the suspects move toward the truck, words are exchanged, and the man is assaulted with a pistol. The suspects fled in the man’s truck as he falls to the ground. He suffered several wounds to his head.

The three masked suspects are still on the loose.

On Monday, a mother and her child were carjacked at gunpoint in the Mid-City section of New Orleans – again in broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon.

The 33-year-old woman was placing her child in the vehicle’s back seat, when a single male with a gun approached her and demanded she relinquish her vehicle.

The woman later posted on Facebook:

“It all happened so fast. And by far was the worst and scariest experience of my life.”

On Monday, November 9th alone, New Orleans saw at least seven carjacking’s inside its city limits. The crimes started early, around 1:32 a.m., in the 700 block of South Jefferson Davis Pkwy. when a 32-year-old woman who was parking her car was carjacked.

A police report relayed the numerous crimes:

“(A) white sedan pulled in front of her. Armed suspect exited passenger side of sedan and demanded victim exit at gunpoint. Victim complied. Suspect fled in victim’s vehicle.”

On Monday afternoon, a 55-year-old woman was carjacked at Saint Roch Avenue and North Miro Street.

“Suspect approached victim, who was in her vehicle, opened door and demanded victim exit. Victim complied. Suspect fled in victim’s vehicle.”

Around 5:30 p.m., a 29-year-old man was robbed of his vehicle at Prentiss Avenue and Eads Street.

“Unknown armed suspect approached victim and demanded victim’s vehicle. Victim complied. Suspects fled in victim’s vehicle.”

Police indicated the suspects were two males.

At about 8 p.m., a 36-year-old woman and her child were carjacked in the 2100 block of Alvar Street.

“Victim #1 stepped away from her vehicle. Suspect approached and ordered Victim #2 out of vehicle. Victim complied. Suspect fled in victim’s vehicle.”

Just after 9 p.m., a 47-year-old woman told police two unknown black males took her car at gunpoint in the 11900 block of the North I-10 Service Road.

“Victim loading her vehicle when approached by two unknown suspects. One suspect pulled out handgun and demanded victim’s keys. Victim complied. Suspects fled in victim’s vehicle.”

The seventh reported carjacking on Monday occurred just after 9:30pm in the 13900 block of Linden Street.

A 49-year-old woman walked away from her car, but didn’t turn off the engine. An “unknown black male” not only took the car, but held her up for what she had on her person too.

“Victim entered location and left her vehicle running. When she returned to vehicle, suspect pointed gun at her and demanded belongings. Suspect fled in victim’s vehicle.”

Several things or factors come to light here – carjackers are targeting older men, like in the first story where the man was assaulted, or women and children, with the exception of the one 29-year-old male. It appears they’re looking for people who may not be able to defend themselves.

In Louisiana, however, that is a strong gamble, given the inordinate amount of people who are licensed for concealed carry, and may choose not to cooperate with a thief.

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