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Police arrest man in Marigny hit-and-run fatality case

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FOX 8 received this news release from the New Orleans Police Dept. Tuesday evening:

New Orleans Police Fatality detectives arrested a driver late this afternoon for the hit-and-run death of a Mandeville man in the Marigny last week.

Detectives Anthony Pontiff and Edgar Edwards arrested 29-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. for striking and killing 24-year-old Andrew LaPlante with his vehicle last Friday morning in the 2400-block of Saint Claude Avenue. Pontiff left the scene, and LaPlante's body was soon discovered, lying in plain view on the median near Music Street and Saint Claude.

Detective Pontiff received an anonymous tip regarding a car with front damage on Jourdan Avenue. Detectives Pontiff and Edwards went to the address, spotted a GMC Yukon with front end damage in a vacant lot, and knocked on the door of the residence next to the lot. Michael Brown answered, and told detectives he owned the Yukon. He agreed to answer questions, and admitted that he did drive down Saint Claude last Friday morning. He said he believed he struck something like a dog, circled the block, but didn't see anything.

Through further investigation, detectives learned that Brown did notice front end damage to the driver's side light and the hood of his vehicle. And it was later discovered that Brown removed the hood of the vehicle and tossed it in the weeds near his residence.

Brown was booked with Relative to Manslaughter, Relative to Hit and Run and Relative to Obstruction of Justice.

Brown was previously arrested for a Municipal Attachment, Disturbing the Peace and a Warrant.

"Our detectives solving this case comes right on the heels of our fatality and homicide detectives making arrests in the hit-and-run death of Officer Rodney Thomas. Our department is working long hours, and focused on every tragedy that we investigate. Our crew is multi-tasking better than ever before and making arrests", said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

"Our strategy is clear: If someone commits a crime like this, and tries to cover it up- they will be tracked down, and the people who tried to help them get away with it will be booked right alongside them as accessories", Serpas said.

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