A man once wanted for questioning in connection with the grisly death of a 16-year-old girl on Interstate 10 in New Orleans East last year was arrested last week and accused of strangling his wife in front of her children until she could barely breathe.
Kwan Allen, 46, was booked Dec. 30 on counts of domestic abuse battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and being an offender armed with a dangerous weapon.
Police never named Allen as a suspect in the June death of Kaylan Ward, who was a student at a dance studio run by Allen’s wife’s. But they did call him a “person of interest” and said they wanted to question him.
Allen vehemently denied any involvement in the teen’s mysterious death, though he acknowledged in a phone interview that he had argued with Ward’s mother on the night of her disappearance over whether he could pick the girl up and drive her home.
Police later said Allen was no longer a person of interest, and authorities have drawn no connection between Ward’s death and the recent domestic incident.
Police have yet to name any suspects or make any arrests in Ward’s death. The girl’s mother, Kenisha Martin-Nelson, said Wednesday that she still suspects Allen was somehow involved in her daughter’s death but that the fatality investigation seems to have gone “absolutely nowhere.”
In the domestic incident, meanwhile, police said in an arrest warrant that Allen was involved in a heated argument with his wife about midnight Dec. 27 in the 7600 block of Anne Marie Court in New Orleans East. Allen grabbed his wife by her robe, dragged her into their bedroom and slammed her head against the floor, according to the arrest warrant written by Officer Charles Baehr.
Police said that once Allen had his wife on the floor, he stood over her and strangled her near to the point of unconsciousness. Police say he then armed himself with a semi-automatic handgun and threatened to kill himself in front of his wife and two eldest children.
Allen then left the residence, according to the warrant. Online records show that police were not called to the residence until the morning of Dec. 29. Police obtained a warrant for Allen’s arrest later that day.
Even with a warrant out for his arrest, Allen went to court to file a petition for protection against his wife and temporary custody of their children on the morning of Dec. 30, arguing that she and her relatives had physically harmed her children.
Orleans Civil District Court Domestic Relations Judge Bernadette D’Souza, on duty at the time, initially granted Allen the protective order. But D’Souza later was informed by the NOPD of the outstanding warrant and held an “emergency hearing” on the case. She then vacated her previous order just hours after issuing it.
Allen was taken to the Orleans Parish jail, but he has since bonded out.