JPSO: Four arrested, another sought in Sunday home invasion, shooting

JPSO: Four arrested, another sought in Sunday home invasion, shooting

HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish authorities have arrested four people and are seeking a fourth in connection with a Sunday shooting that left a 29-year-old wounded.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said the crime stemmed from the suspects showing up and attempting to rob the tenants in the house who they suspected were selling drugs.

The shooting happened in the 400 block of Oaklawn Drive.

According to deputies, on Sunday a 29-year-old man got out of his car to visit a friend when he noticed three suspicious males walking toward his friend's house. The victim knocked on the door to warn his friend, but the masked gunmen forced their way inside.

The victim tried to run away but was shot several times.

He is recovering from what Normand said are non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspects then held the victim's friend and two other men at gunpoint, ordering them to kneel and empty their pockets.

A knock at the door scared the gunmen, and they fled out the back door. The suspects were wearing dark-colored hoodies and a cloth mask over their faces.

Normand said investigators were able to identify three of the suspects through DNA.

Authorities arrested Wendell Garcia, 19, of the 2700 block of Valentine Court in New Orleans on Wednesday in Gretna. Garcia is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.

Normand said Garcia has an extensive criminal record including 12 counts of simple burglary, 11 counts of constructive contempt, four counts of possession of stolen things, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property, aggravated escape, attempted theft of an auto, and theft.

Police also arrested Damon Stephney, 39, of the 300 block of Glen Della Drive in Avondale. Stephney was also charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.

Stephney also has a criminal history that includes two counts of illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine, assault by drive-by shooting, armed robbery, unauthorized use of a moveable, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute schedule two narcotics, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and violation of a protective order.

Also arrested was Chad Brassette, 26 of the 400 block of Oaklawn. Brassette was in the home when the victim was shot several times.

Brassette was arrested on drug possession charges.

Police say that on Saturday night, Damon Garcia, 21, turned himself into authorities. He was booked with one count of attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery. He also had attachments in Jefferson Parish for narcotics and assault along with attachments in Gretna.

Garcia has a criminal past that includes three counts of battery on a school teacher, simple assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest by violence, four counts of simple battery, theft, attempted armed robbery, two counts of illegal use of a firearm CDS/violence, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile, felony aggravated assault with a firearm, felony criminal damage to property, shoplifting, possession marijuana, possession of stolen things, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and simple battery.

Both Damon Garcia and Wendell Garcia are the sons of Damon Stephney.

Normand said the case is particularly troubling because of the family connection of the accused perpetrators.

"The interesting and unique and incredibly disappointing thing about this case is that we have a father perpetrating violence with two sons. This should not go unnoticed and it's a problem," Normand said.

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