METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand urged people to become more vocal and vigilant after four people were killed last week at a Metairie apartment complex.
"It's not something that I say lightly because it happens over and over and over again," Normand said.
During a press conference Monday, Normand announced the arrest of Terry Manuel, 52, for accessory after the fact in the first-degree murder case.
Deputies arrested Armande Tart, 20, on Friday. Tart was booked with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting four people - three of whom died - and stabbing another to death in an apartment in the 2500 block of Pasadena Avenue.
"I was completely mystified by the fact of all the people on Pasadena that were willing to talk after there was a quadruple homicide as opposed to being readily available to talk prior to the quadruple homicide," Normand said
The quadruple homicide was going to be a "drug rip," according to investigators. Tart is accused of knowing about illegal drug activity going on in the apartment and planning to steal drugs from the victims.
With more than 3,000 drug arrests made in Jefferson Parish annually, the killings spotlight the parish's drug problem and the problem of citizens who may be concerned but don't come forward.
"If we took the mindset that we are only willing to accept in our street what we are willing to accept in our home, we would take back every street block by block in Jefferson Parish and throughout the metropolitan area if we had that simple approach," Normand said. "It takes all of us working collectively and collaboratively together to get it done. I don't know what else I can say to encourage folks to step up."
During the news conference, Normand said many concerned citizens do come forward with helpful information, but not as many as he sees after the fact.
The sheriff also said his office takes anonymous tips seriously, adding that he has even arrested his own deputies in the past for not concealing a tipster's information.