Detectives investigate pair of incidents in Luling

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 7, 2001


LULING – Two attempted murders, which are not known to be related, hit Luling June 30. One arrest was made and more are anticipated, according to a St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Craig London, 17, of 141 Second St., St. Rose, was charged with the attempted murder of a 21-year-old Luling man. That same evening, a 26-year-old Ama man managed to flee an apparent carjacking attempt and was shot at as a result. Asked if the incidents were related, SCPSO Capt. Patrick Yoes said, “I’m not going to speculate on that.” According to Yoes, the first victim was walking along Paul Fredrick Street around 6:50 p.m. when he was suddenly confronted by three men, who began beating him. Yoes said at that point, London stepped back and pointed a revolver at the victim’s face and pulled the trigger three times. The weapon failed to discharged, and the victim broke free and ran to safety. London was identified to deputies, who made the arrest at 7:06 p.m. The other two suspects fled the scene. The weapon was not recovered, Yoes said, and added he expected the remaining pair of suspects to be arrested soon. Bond was set at $250,000 by 29th District Judge Kirk Granier. At the corner of Paul Fredrick and Hackberry streets at 10:17 p.m., two men stopped a car being driven by a 26-year-old Ama man. This second victim told police he was driving east along Hackberry Street when he slowed to avoid hitting two men in the street at the intersection with Paul Fredrick Street. One of the suspects tried to jump into the victim’s car, at which time the victim suddenly accelerated his vehicle. The suspect reacted by pulling a firearm and firing three times. Yoes said one shot hit the rear windshield and the driver’s side door’s glass. The shot caused flying glass to nick the driver’s ear. He was treated at an area hospital. Anyone with information on this incident may call Detective Othello Carter at 443-0334 or -6807.