Quantcast

SPD urges citizens to report suspicious behavior - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

SPD urges citizens to report suspicious behavior following Weinstock murders

Posted: Updated:
SHREVEPORT, La. -

Johnny Randolph didn't know what to think when he pulled up to patrol cars and police tape in front of his Weinstock St. home March 7.

"When I first drove up, I'm thinking something happened with my family," Randolph said. "I was so disturbed by seeing all the police cars and everything. I was in shock finding out something happened next door."

Police found two dead bodies belonging to Nikko Taylor, 22, and Rajean George, 16, inside the Allendale home. Investigators say both were shot once in the upper body.

Related article: Runaway dangers, murdered teen is tragic example of lost youth

Of the dozen or so neighbors who walked by the crime scene that night, several said they had heard gunshots in the 24 hours before police pulled up.

The problem for police is that those residents never called 911. SPD officials say they rely on tips from the community.

"It's paramount," SPD's Marcus Hines said. "You have a thousand pairs of eyes and ears in the community that you simply don't have inside the police department so that information is vital."

One week later, Weinstock St. is quiet again. Only scraps remain of the police tape.

Weinstock Street falls in Shreveport Police District 3.

Police responded to 325 calls about the most serious violent offenses between January and September 2013, according to the latest data available.

Although residents say gunshots are so common they don't call them in, this district had the third lowest crime rate in the city during that data period.

"It takes two seconds to call in that information, and that could make the difference between life or death or either catching or not catching a suspect. So when we hear these people say, 'Hey, I heard the shots. I didn't think to call,' That's very frustrating."

If you have information about the Weinstock double homicide, call Caddo CrimeStoppers at (318) 673-7373.

  • NationalMore>>

  • $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:31:24 GMT
    Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning.
    Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market.
  • Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims

    Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:31:51 GMT
    The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph...
    The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55...
  • Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:31:30 GMT
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show.
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File