Police: Suspect who allegedly shot 9-year-old and mother wanted plasma TV
NEW ORLEANS -- A 20-year-old Baton Rouge man is accused of killing a 42-year old single mother and shooting her 9-year-old daughter multiple times during a home invasion, all for a plasma television.
Law enforcement officers found the suspect hiding out in Violet Tuesday morning in the 2500 block of Meraux Lane.
“I was out here cutting my grass this morning and they just came out of nowhere, the cops pulling up with different kind of cars. I was like, what in the world's going on?” said Clazel Jones, a resident of a townhouse across the street from a yellow, brick four-plex.
That’s where 20-year-old Aramis Jackson was hiding out. He's accused of shooting and killing 42-year-old Alexandra Engler and shooting her daughter, 9-year-old Arianna Engler, six times during a home invasion burglary in Baton Rouge last week.
But now, he's in police custody.
“It was simple as several knocks at the door. The suspect answered the door,” said St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jimmy Pohlmann.
“When he came to the door, they grabbed him, put him on the ground and then put him in the car and that was it,” Jones said.
Investigators said they think Jackson ended up in Violet because he had been talking to the woman who lives in the yellow four-plex on the Internet, and he had asked her if he could come stay.
Before they found Jackson in St. Bernard Parish, police in Baton Rouge executed two search warrants looking for him there.
Linda Thomas, Jackson's grandmother, answered her front door to find armed BRPD officers this morning.
“I was lookin’ up at him and I said, what's wrong? And he throwed me down on the floor and then he took his foot and stomped my face,” Thomas said.
But the grandmother said she hasn't talked to her grandson in three years.
“He broke in my house and stole my AK-47, my son's AK-47 out the closet. I had no dealins with that child in years,” Thomas said.
Baton Rouge Police said DNA at the murder scene led them to Jackson.
“We’ve had multiple witnesses in the neighborhood who we've been able to speak to who saw an individual that they've identified as Jackson after the crime. Some of them placed a gun in his waistband,” said Baton Rouge Police Department Public Information Officer Don Kelly.
Police will question Jackson in Baton Rouge as they continue to search for a second unknown suspect; meantime, friends and neighbors of the Englers grapple with why.
Arianna Engler, 9, underwent her second surgery over the weekend. Friends and neighbors said she's healing physically but has so much mental healing to do after losing her mother in such a brutal attack.