Man arrested by troopers may be connected to high-profile murder

Man arrested by troopers may be connected to high-profile murder

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's a high-profile case that has gone unsolved for more than two years. Back in December 2013, three gunmen approached 45-year-old Hector Trochez, an armored guard who was unloading money from a Loomis truck in a bank parking lot.

The shooters unloaded several rounds, striking and killing Trochez. They stole the cash he was unloading and took off.

Now police are questioning 26-year-old Lilbear George about the murder. George was nabbed by undercover state troopers Monday night.

"In the 1000 block of Beinville Street, they witnessed a hand-to-hand transaction involving a vehicle in a parking lot," said State Police spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matey.

Matey said when the troopers approached, they saw drugs and weapons in the vehicle.

"Through further investigation, they found a large amount of heroin with three weapons," Matey said.

State troopers also seized $14,000 in cash.

Four people were arrested, including George, who is no stranger to investigators. His name surfaced four months after Trochez was murdered, when search warrants revealed George's DNA was recovered from a stolen SUV used during the ambush and then abandoned.

The NOPD had obtained an arrest warrant for George, but there was no record of him ever being picked up. Now he's in jail, accused of distributing drugs while carrying a firearm.

The NOPD Homicide Division is investigating George's involvement in the murder.

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