Update 7:45 p.m.: The Sheriff’s Office is looking for two additional suspects in the shooting death of a 22-year-old on Wednesday night.
Lawrence Bennett, 17, is wanted on principal to first-degree murder and principal to armed robbery, and Karlos Jawoski Ghoram, 20, is wanted on first-degree murder and armed robbery, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office news release says.
The Sheriff’s Office notes that Bennett’s last known address is 6354 Silverleaf Ave., Baton Rouge, but lists no further details on Bennett or Ghoram.
The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with information to call (225) 389-5000 or 344-STOP anonymously.
Original story: After a four-hour manhunt, the Sheriff’s Office arrested a 16-year-old boy Thursday afternoon in the slaying of a 22-year-old man Wednesday night, and more arrests are on the horizon.
Oswal Migdonio Andrade, of Baton Rouge, was shot around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 9000 block of Tracy Avenue. Andrade was transported and later pronounced dead from his injuries, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. The shooting spurred a large-scale manhunt into the early morning hours involving multiple canine units and air support via Baton Rouge Police Department helicopter.
Hicks said deputies searched the area where the shooting occurred for the assailant or assailants who left a silver Pontiac sedan at the scene, the area within Greenwell Springs Road, Joor Road and Tracy Avenue, for about four hours before they found the teenager hiding in a wooded area off Greenwell Springs. After interviewing the teenager, deputies booked him into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of principal to first-degree murder and principal to armed robbery.
More arrests are pending, Hicks said.
On Thursday afternoon, several of Andrade’s neighbors were setting up Christmas lights but said they had not heard or seen anything the night before.
Some of his family members stood outside the house where he lived with his aunts, nieces and nephews. The large family stood on the porch and driveway in front of the brick home, its address spray-painted on the side. Snowflake Christmas lights hung from the rim of the roof.
Andrade had lived there for the last seven years, his friend Nildibette Escoto said, translating for the victim’s aunt Ana Andrade.
Oswal Andrade moved to the United States from Honduras 15 years ago and worked as a roofer, his aunt said through Escoto. He immigrated after his grandmother died in Honduras.
Escoto said Oswal Andrade loved to dance and listen to Puerto Rican music, but he kept to himself. He had no significant other or children.
“We will miss him because he was a good man,” Escoto translated for Ana Andrade.