JPSO names suspects in Marrero car vandalism spree - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

JPSO names suspects in Marrero car vandalism spree

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Left: Dacotah Hamilton,20 Right: Christopher Flanagan, 19 Left: Dacotah Hamilton,20 Right: Christopher Flanagan, 19

FOX 8 received the following news release from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office:

As the follow-up investigation into the multiple vehicle vandalisms continued from this morning, Detective Chad Dear was able to develop information on a suspect vehicle from surveillance video provided by residents in the areas where the incidents occurred.  Earlier today we released a photograph of what was believed to be a Ford Escape captured on video surveillance fleeing the scene from where a resident's vehicle's window was shot out.  Detective Dear along with Detective Travis Eserman were successful using our ALPR camera system along with our Cop-Link database in identifying and locating a 2001 Ford Escape to an address in Marrero.  Detectives proceeded to the address of Robin Drive in Marrero.  Once at that location Detectives Dear & Eserman observed a 2001 Ford Escape, the same vehicle that was in the picture we released earlier. 

Detectives Dear and Eserman knocked at the Robin Drive address and met with an individual who identified himself as Christopher Flanagan, W/M, 19, who was the owner of the Ford Escape.  Upon being questioned relative to the vehicle vandalisms from earlier today, Flanagan confessed to taking part in the shooting of multiple vehicles on three separate occasions on the Westbank.  The dates were: December 11, 18, and today, the 24th.  Flanagan surrendered a CO2 BB pistol from within his residence that he admitted using to shoot the windows of the vehicles.  A consent search of Flanagan's Ford Escape resulted in the recovery of numerous CO2 cartridges along with 50-100 loose BB's on the floorboard and console of the Ford Escape.  Flanagan identified his accomplice as Dacotah Hamilton, W/M, 20, of James Drive in Marrero.  Hamilton was located at his place of business and transported to the JPSO Investigations Bureau.  Hamilton confessed to being with Flanagan on the three separate occasions and corroborated what Flanagan told investigators regarding the vehicle vandalisms. 

Both suspects were transported to the JPCC where they were booked with 42 counts of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage. As this investigation continues, Flanagan and Hamilton will be booked with additional charges as warranted.  

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