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Police arrest four suspects in Terrytown double homicide, two still at-large

David Samuels(left) and Andrew Johnson, both remain at large David Samuels(left) and Andrew Johnson, both remain at large
Lavelle Harrell Lavelle Harrell
Joshua Parker Joshua Parker
Courtney Price Courtney Price
Kentaz Gayden Kentaz Gayden

TERRYTOWN, LA (WVUE) – Police made four arrests in the ongoing investigation in to the murder of two brothers, but two suspects remain at-large.

Lavelle Harrell, Joshua Parker, Kentaz Gayden, Andrew Johnson and Courtney Price have all been arrested in connection to the murders of Jonas and Ronald Perrier on Jan. 27. Two suspects, David Samuels and Andrew Johnson, remain at large and are considered armed and dangerous.

Police developed information on the suspects through eye witness reports of the shooting.

According to Sheriff Newell Normand, witnesses informed police that Harrell, Parker and Samuels were seen shooting the Perrier brothers and fleeing the scene in a getaway car driven by Johnson.

Police say witnesses also placed Gayden at the scene of the murder, though they did not see him shoot either victim and he left in a white Dodge Charger that ended up playing a key role in the investigation. Police received a tip that Harrell and Parker were seen with Gayden near the Palmetto Creek Apartments in Harahan driving the Charger, which is registered to Price.

Police conducted surveillance on Price's car while it was parked at the Apartments on Citrus Boulevard in Harahan. While keeping surveillance on the car, police spotted Parker leaving the building and arrested him after a brief chase.

Shortly after, police saw Price get in the white Charger and leave the apartment complex. After stopping and questioning her on the whereabouts of Lavelle Harrell, Price told investigators she didn't know where he was, even after being informed that he was wanted on 2nd degree murder charges.

Police later saw Kentaz Gayden exiting the apartment. He was questioned and also denied knowing where Harrell was. According to police, another man came out of the apartments only seconds after they questioned Harrell and told police that he was hiding out inside the apartments. Police then arrested Harrell without incident.

Police then arrested Price and Gayden for intentionally harboring and aiding Harrell with the intent that he could avoid arrest.

David Samuels and Andrew Johnson remain at-large and are considered armed and dangerous. Both are wanted on two counts of Second Degree Murder.

All the suspects involved in this case have a criminal history.

Kentaz Gayden has a prior arrest criminal history with arrests for: 2nd Degree Battery, Assault by Drive by Shooting, Illegal use of Firearm, Injuring Public Records, Contributing to the Delinquency of Juveniles, Looting, Unauthorized use of Motor Vehicle, Simple Burglary, Illegal Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted Murder and Assault on a School Teacher.

Courtney Price has a prior criminal history with arrests for: Home Invasion and Simple Assault.

Joshua Parker has a prior criminal history with arrests for: Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms and Possession of Marijuana.

Andrew Johnson has a prior criminal history with arrests for: Attempted Murder and Theft of Goods.

David Samuels has a prior criminal history with arrests for: Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Possession of Narcotics, Domestic Battery and Battery on a Police Officer.

Lavelle Harrell has a prior criminal history with arrests for: Domestic Battery, Possession of Narcotics and Simple Battery Harassing Phone Calls, Resisting Officer.

 

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