POSTED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 2:50pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 11:40am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Law enforcement is sending a warning to gang members in Baton Rouge with the latest round of arrests; when one goes down, the rest will follow.
It all started when Trevor Georgetown, 18, was identified as a suspect in a murder investigation . He’s accused of killing Franklin Lara, 19, on Wednesday, June 5 during an armed robbery.
According to reports, Georgetown told someone about the murder the next day. He gave that person a cell phone, which was later determined to belong to the victim.
Officials say Georgetown was one of the 47 individuals who was identified and invited by the District Attorney’s Office to participate in the B.R.A.V.E. programs first “call-in” meeting. That’s because he’s believed to be a member of the Block Boyz gang, which allegedly operates in the Gardere area.
The call-in meeting was a chance for those individuals to gain assistance in the form of rehabilitation, education, drug counseling, mentorship, and more. Of those who were invited, only 5 agreed to participate in the program.
Georgetown did not agree to participate.
Those who declined did so with the knowledge that a bullseye was placed on their back.
“The Sheriff, District Attorney, and Chief of Police warned participants at the April B.R.A.V.E. call-in that further criminal acts and violence would result in hard crack downs from law enforcement for not only call-in participants, but also their known associates,” a press release notes.
When Georgetown was identified as a suspect in the murder investigation, investigators additionally located every active warrant for the individuals he’s known to associate with, which includes members of the Block Boyz gang.
Eight people were arrested as a result of the murder investigation, although they are not charged with that crime. Most were wanted for misdemeanor crimes, which rarely comes with jail time.
Gerogetown was arrested and charged with First-Degree Murder, Attempted First-Degree Murder and Armed Robbery.
- Antoine Fisher, 29, arrested for No Driver’s License
- Brandon Rome, 25, Fugitive for Baton Rouge City Court
- Nicholas Deandre, 19, Distribution of Schedule I affidavit warrant
- Joshua Bess, 22, Disturbing the Peace, Improper Telephone Communications, Simple Assault
- Brian Keith Sheppard, 19, Simple Burglary
- Eric Sheppard, 17, Simple Burglary
- Johron Segura, 18, Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
Donnar Lee Willis, 20, turned himself in on the same day for Possession of Marijuana fugitive warrant