Baton Rouge police have arrested two suspects in the fatal shooting of Charles Bowah, who was found dead Monday on Eddie Robinson Drive in Baton Rouge.
Devin Harris, 17, and Kendrick Wesley, 18, both of 150 South 17th Street, were arrested Wednesday and booked each on a count of first-degree murder, police said in a news release. Harris and Wesley are brothers, according to their arrest warrants.
Authorities found Bowah's body in the 800 block of Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive around 11:20 a.m. Monday.
Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said Monday that the investigation revealed the shooting occurred about one block away, in the 800 block of Peach Street. Bowah ran from Peach Street, collapsed and succumbed to his injuries closer to Eddie Robinson Drive.
Two anonymous witnesses gave police information that led them to Harris and Wesley, who said during questioning that they arranged to meet Bowah on Peach Street to purchase narcotics, according to their arrest reports. Investigators said that Bowah was shot during the drug deal, but the police reports do not address who is accused of pulling the trigger. It is also unclear from the reports if the men spoke about the shooting with police.
Harris admitted to police that he drove Bowah's car to his own apartment complex before he and Wesley took a small package containing marijuana, a U.S. Military issued bag and a pair of Beats wireless headphones, according to the arrest report.
Less than two years after graduating from Tara High School and joining the National Guard — and just one day after his 20th birthday — Charles Bowah was found shot to death on Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive Monday morning.
Baton Rouge police are investigating his death as a homicide. Bowah, of 1115 Parlange Drive, died from an apparent gunshot wound, said police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr.
Police say that when they searched Harris and Wesley's apartment on Wednesday, they found marijuana, headphones that they believe belonged to Bowah and a black semi-automatic pistol. Bowah's car was still in the parking lot.
Police have been unable to find Bowah's military bag with his personal items inside.
At the time of his arrest, Harris had an active warrant for simple robbery through the LSU Police Department and was being investigated as an armed robbery suspect by the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Harris, who was also arrested Wednesday on armed robbery, is accused of robbing a man of his cellphone and money at gunpoint on Feb. 3 in the BREC park in the 1300 block of Spanishtown Road, according to an arrest report. The victim told investigators that he met up with a man he met on Instagram with the name Devin Harris in order to sell a cellphone.
Police said another man was with Harris during that armed robbery, but do not name him in the arrest report. When police searched Harris's apartment Wednesday they found the robbery victim's state identification in a duffel bag with several other cellphones and computers.
Details on the alleged incident through LSU Police Department were not immediately available late Wednesday night.
Bowah died less than two years after graduating from Tara High School and joining the Army National Guard — and just one day after his 20th birthday. Family members said he was training to become a medical assistant with the Guard.