May 3 shooting arrest made

Published 1:29 pm Tuesday, May 13, 2014

LAPLACE — A grudge dating back more than a year led to a shooting May 3 and subsequent arrest Friday of a Reserve man on weapons and damage charges, authorities said.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 200 block of East 12th Extension in Reserve at 11:18 a.m. May 3 after gunshots were fired in the area.

Deputies located two vehicles and a house that were struck by bullets; however, no one was injured.

“Based on the findings of the investigation, detectives sought and obtained a judicial court-ordered arrest warrant for Joshua Jones, 27, of Homewood Place,” a release said. “The investigation revealed that Jones engaged in a verbal altercation with family members of the victim Jones shot April 20, 2013.”

On May 2, 2013, detectives arrested and booked Jones for attempted second-degree murder for that shooting.

“During the verbal altercation (May 3), Jones produced a handgun and fired several shots at the subjects,” the release said.

“They fled in their car to East 12th Extension, and Jones ran through an open lot to East 12th Extension and fired several shots again at the subjects as they fled.”

Detectives determined that projectiles struck three vehicles and a house.

Detectives arrested Jones on Friday and booked him with illegal use of a weapon and aggravated criminal damage to property.

Jones remains in custody in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

Authorities report Jones has been arrested 37 times in St. John the Baptist Parish since August 2003.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged can call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Those who call Crimestoppers do not have to testify in court and may qualify for a reward.