Kelvin Taylor sought by police in double murder investigation
RESERVE — Theron J. Williams, 25, of New Orleans has been arrested in this week’s double homicide in Reserve, and police are still searching for a second subject — Kelvin Taylor, 31, of LaPlace.
Williams, a convicted felon, was captured at a Jefferson Parish home at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday. He was booked with two counts of second degree murder in connection to the deaths of cousins Kerell Sanders, 18, and Kyron Perrilloux, 20, both of Reserve.
Williams is being held on a $500,000 bond.
At 12:17 a.m. Tuesday, deputies with the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of East 22nd Street and W. Airline Highway in Reserve in reference to a vehicle in a ditch. Upon arrival, officers discovered two males, identified as Sanders and Perrilloux, in a vehicle that crashed into a ditch at West Airline Highway and East 22nd Street. Both subjects had been shot. They were pronounced deceased at the scene by the coroner’s office.
During the investigation, detectives reviewed crime cameras in the area at the time the incident occurred; and they developed Williams and Taylor as suspects. Based on investigation, detectives obtained judicial warrants for Williams’ and Taylor’s arrest on July 31.
“(In the crime camera footage), you can clearly see the pickup truck following the car of the two victims pulled up next to the two victims, and gunfire erupted from the pickup truck into the car the two victims were in,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said. “At one point, you could see the car careening off the road and go straight into the ditch, and the pickup truck keeps going.”
The same day, about 5:30 p.m., detectives recovered the suspect vehicle, a gray Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck Taylor was driving at a residence in St. Charles Parish. Williams was then taken into custody.
According to Tregre, efforts were taken to obstruct evidence through the removal of the pickup truck’s door, which has since been recovered.
“We were able to recover some physical evidence that will be used by the district attorney’s office to prosecute this case,” Tregre said.
A motive has not been determined at this time.
Tregre said officers are working diligently to complete this investigation in a timely and efficient manner.
Sheriff Tregre also said he is grateful to the community for its help in this investigation.
“Information provided by the community helped lead to the arrest of Theron Williams,” Sheriff Tregre said. “We appreciate people coming forward with tips.”
Williams has been arrested 12 times throughout Louisiana. His most recent arrest in St. John Parish was in July 2018 when officers with the Special Operations Division charged Williams with illegal possession of a firearm/carrying a concealed weapon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon and drug violations. Among other arrest charges include resisting an officer, flight from an officer, possession of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of marijuana, criminal trespassing, simple burglary, and theft.
Taylor has been arrested seven times in Louisiana. Among the charges are first degree murder, possession of marijuana, possession of stolen things, assault by drive by shooting, illegal carrying of weapons, illegal use of weapons, and aggravated assault with a firearm.
On Dec. 28, 2018, Taylor was arrested in connection to a vehicle shooting that occurred December 16 on Airline Highway in LaPlace. A victim alleged Taylor stopped his orange Dodge Challenger in the roadway, exited the vehicle and fired shots.
In 2009, he was booked with the first degree murder of a 19-year-old Tremaine Weber of Garyville at a graduation party.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Taylor is asked to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or the Criminal Investigations Division at 504-494-2674. Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website at http://stjohnsheriff.org/submitatip.php.