NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas announced that the NOPD has arrested two men in connection with the Burgundy Street shooting that killed two individuals and wounded five others on Sunday, August 10, 2014.
20-year-old Blair Taylor was arrested Thursday morning on two counts of First Degree Murder and five counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD believes that Taylor was the shooter in this incident.
25-year-old Jeffery Rivers was also arrested Thursday morning on two counts of Principal to First Degree Murder and five counts of Principal to Attempted First Degree Murder. The NOPD believes Rivers provided the weapon and the vehicle that Taylor used in this incident.
Both men were transported to central lock-up Thursday morning and were booked accordingly.
“The swift arrest of these two individuals is a combination of incredible police work and community partnership,” said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “We will continue to aggressively follow all leads in this investigation until everyone who was involved is brought to justice.”
Since the incident occurred on Sunday, the NOPD along with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and FBI have been working around the clock on this investigation. In addition, NOPD and Crimestoppers received several tips from citizens that led police to the individuals who may have been involved, the vehicle that was used in the shooting and the vehicle that those individuals have been using since the shooting.
On Wednesday night, NOPD Homicide Lead Detective Timothy Bender directed the Louisiana State Police (LSP), which has been working closely with the NOPD 5th District patrols in the Lower Ninth Ward, to redeploy and search for a gray colored Chevrolet SUV with a temporary tag in New Orleans East near Chef Highway.
Early Thursday morning, LSP located the SUV that police believe Taylor had been driving since the incident on Chef Highway near Alcee Fortier. After a short chase, LSP troopers were able to arrest Taylor and seize the vehicle he was driving.
Following the arrest, police executed a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment. Police found Rivers inside the apartment and he was arrested without incident. In addition, Police recovered one of the weapons that police believe was used in the shooting from Blair’s apartment. Police sent the weapon to the NOPD Crime Lab where forensic ballistics testing confirmed that it was indeed the same weapon. Police also located the dark-colored Honda described as the vehicle involved in the shooting near where the suspects were arrested.
The investigation is on-going.
Citizens with information that can help solve these crimes are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org
Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.