St. Charles detectives, NOPD join to arrest murder suspect

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 27, 2004


Staff Reporter

DESTREHAN – Law enforcement officers with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the New Orleans Police Department arrested the third suspect wanted in connection with a quadruple murder committed in New Orleans on Sept. 9.

Michael A. Boykins, 33, of 822 Delery, New Orleans was arrested Monday, Nov. 20, at 4:54 p.m.

NOPD Homicide Detective Decynda Barnes received information that Boykins may be hiding in a New Sarpy residence with a female friend, said Public Information Officer Capt. Marlon Defillo with the NOPD.

New Orleans homicide detectives went to New Sarpy and, with the help of the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office, searched for Boykins.

When the officers arrived at the house, Boykins was not there, said Public Information Officer Capt. Patrick Yoes with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. No one at the residence knew anything about Boykins.

Yoes said authorities were still searching for Boykins when the Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip informing them of Boykins whereabouts. He said the caller told them Boykins was using a pay phone at the Winn-Dixie in Destrehan.

While responding to the call, deputies spotted Boykins walking near Ormond Blvd. and U.S. Highway 61, said Defillo.

Yoes said Boykins was walking west on the Kansas City Southern Railroad tracks. He said the tracks are located behind Destrehan Pharmacy along Airline Highway, Destrehan.

Boykins was arrested and held as a fugitive in the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center. He was later released to the NOPD.

Boykins was later booked at Central Lock-up and charged with four counts of first-degree murder, said Defillo. He said the New Orleans Parish district Attorney’s Office will review the case for prosecution.

According to investigators, three gunmen entered the Black Pearl Restaurant and Bar at 1001 North Claiborne Ave., at 12:30 a.m., to rob the business. The men eventually shot four employees.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, two suspects were previously arrested and are currently in custody on four counts of first-degree murder.