Posted: Dec 27, 2010 8:28 PM by Alison Haynes
HARVEY, La. (AP) - Five teenage suspects who said they were "looking for someone to rob" are in custody following a police chase after a 39-year-old man was shot to death, the Jefferson Parish sheriff's office said.
"These five thugs, who just decided to choose these people as victims, walked in, pulled out weapons, announced the robbery," sheriff's spokesman, Col. John Fortunato, told WWL-TV on Monday.
Fortunato said each of the teenagers was booked with one count of first-degree murder, illegal possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest by flight.
In custody are a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds from Harvey; and a 15-year-old and 17-year-old from New Orleans, he said. The 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds admitted firing a gun, he said. The 17-year-old also admitted firing at police during a subsequent chase, he added.
All five also admitted to driving around in the stolen car, looking for someone to rob, Fortunato said.
According to a preliminary investigation, four men were sitting under a carport Sunday night when a group of teenagers approached them and ordered them to surrender their cash at gunpoint. The victims told investigators they handed over the money, but that as the suspects left three fired shots at them.
A bullet struck Jose Rolando Guevara in the face. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fortunato said the group fled in a sports utility vehicle that had been stolen the night before. A police chase ended when the SUV hit a utility pole and the suspects fled on foot. Fortunato said a K-9 unit joined the pursuit and a handgun and money was found in one of the yards the suspects ran through and all five were apprehended.