Four teenagers who are accused of stalking residents in the south Park Drive neighborhood in mid October, looking for a someone to rob were booked on murder counts after the victim they allegedly shot and robbed died from his wounds, the Sheriff's Office said.
The four teens had all been arrested in the Oct. 18 armed robbery of 33-year-old Elmer Ochoa, but the counts were upgraded when Ochoa died 10 days later.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said a bystander found Ochoa unresponsive with a gunshot wound on the sidewalk in the 4300 block of Rhoda Drive around 11:25 p.m. Oct. 18. Ochoa's pant's pockets were pulled out and his family said later that money and other possessions were missing. Ochoa lived at 4000 block of south Park Drive, Baton Rouge.
Darius Clark, 18, was questioned and admitted to shooting Ochoa in the head, but said it was an accident, according to the warrant for his arrest. Clark was already in jail in Livingston Parish in an unrelated Oct. 22 incident, according to the Livingston Parish jail online records.
Kyriel Spencer, 17, was also questioned and admitted to his involvement in the shooting and armed robbery, Hicks said. Spencer's DNA was found on the left front pocket of the victim, authorities said. He admitted to detectives that he took Ochoa's wallet and items before splitting the cash for gas money, but said he did not shoot him, according to his warrant.
Both Clark and Spencer were arrested on attempted murder and other counts.
During initial questioning, Clark told detectives that he and the other three teens were "intentionally driving around the neighborhood, stalking any individuals in the South Park Boulevard area with the intent to rob them," according to a new warrant.
Clark said the group then fled the scene together in a dark colored sedan, which was spotted on a surveillance video from a nearby business. The shooting was not captured on film, deputies said.
Eric Johnson, 18, and Jerrin Jaishuan Spencer, 18, were also arrested on principal to attempted second-degree murder and other counts. They turned themselves in and refused to speak with deputies without an attorney, according to the warrant. It is unclear if they have since obtained an attorney and spoken to detectives.
The four teens were rebooked Sunday after the victim died Oct. 28, according to the new arrest warrants. A deputy said the victim had been on life support for 10 days.
Clark, of 3306 East Yukas St., Highway 64, Tampa, Florida, will be booked on first-degree murder.
Kyriel Spencer, of 16830 Bonham Ave., Baton Rouge, will be booked on second-degree murder.
Johnson, of 227 Bonnie Drive, Baton Rouge, and Jerrin Spencer, of 3527 Shelley St., Baton Rouge, will both be booked on principal to second-degree murder.