Baton Rouge father arrested for helping son accused of murder avoid police capture
POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:07pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A Baton Rouge man was arrested for allegedly helping his son avoid arrest after he was identified as a murder suspect.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that Curtis Howard, Sr., 53, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 18. He’s accused of helping his son, Curtis Howard, Jr., 18, who’s accused of killing Rayjaun Martin, 20.
The shooting happened on Thursday, Sept. 5 in the 10000 block of Big Bend. Police believe Howard, Jr. and Brian Julius Nero, 22, shot and killed Martin during a drug-related robbery.
After investigators identified Howard, Jr. as a possible suspect in the case, his father allegedly helped him avoid police. They say he knew his son was wanted on murder charges, but he provided him with a cell phone so he could remain in contact with the family.
Howard, Jr. was located by police on Tuesday, Sept. 10. He was arrested and charged with First-Degree Murder. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond was set at $325,000.
Howard, Sr. was arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact to First-Degree Murder and was also booked into the East Baton Rouge parish Prison. His bond was set at $100,000.