Teen killed man, tried to destroy cell phone to hide his crime

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ZACHARY, LA – East Baton Rouge deputies have arrested a 16-year-old male last night for the July 1st shooting death of 20-year-old Keishune Thomas at 13541 Tiger Bend Drive.

The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility for First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery and Obstruction of Justice.

On July 1st at approximately 7:00 a.m., EBRSO responded to a call of a man found shot dead inside a vehicle in a parking lot on Tiger Bend. Detectives discovered the victim’s badly damaged cell phone near the crime scene. EBRSO Homicide and Narcotics detectives developed a juvenile as a person of interest in the shooting as well as part of a drug-trafficking investigation. On July 19th EBRSO Narcotics detectives executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and seized drugs, multiple guns and cash.

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The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab confirmed one of the seized guns was used in the Tiger Bend homicide. During an interview with Homicide detectives the suspect stated that he went to meet Thomas on July 1st for a drug transaction. He stated he shot Thomas, stole his money and his cell phone. He also admitted that he attempted to destroy Thomas’ phone to avoid being linked to the murder.

Special thanks to the EBRSO Narcotics Division, EBRSO Crime Scene Division, EBRSO Latent Prints Division and the LSP Crime Lab Firearms Unit for their hard work and assistance with this investigation.