Two men were indicted Thursday for gunning down 42-year-old Juan Yacabalquiej in Central City this summer, in what police called a robbery gone awry.
Jamar Armstrong and Jonathan Joseph, both 20, were each indicted by an Orleans Parish grand jury on a charge of second-degree murder for the August slaying. Both men are also charged with three counts of armed robbery.
Yacabalquiej was in the backyard of a home on the 3000 block of Danneel Street around 10 a.m. Aug. 3 when two men approached. One pulled a gun and fired.
Yacabalquiej was hit once in the head. He died later at the hospital.
Joseph was arrested several days later; police say he confessed to being involved in the shooting. Police picked up Armstrong later in at a Jefferson Parish home.
Armstrong was additionally charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.
He is being held on a $2.7 million bail. Joseph is being held on a $1.7 million bail.
The grand jury Thursday also indicted a 48-year-old New Orleans man for raping a mentally handicapped woman. Daniel Castro was charged with aggravated rape.
The 25-year-old woman’s mother told police that she left her alone with Castro at his Banks Street home on the morning of Sept. 26, according to court records. She returned an hour later to find them in bed.
The woman, who was diagnosed with a mental disability as an infant, “could not verbally communicate with anyone,” according to court records.
The woman was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center, which also conducts forensic interviews with adults with a mental disability.
The charge of aggravated rape is reserved for the most serious sexual offenses, including when the victim is under 13 or over 65 years old or when the attacker is armed. Louisiana law also defines the crime as an assault when “the victim suffers from a physical or mental infirmity.”
It is punishable by an automatic life sentence.
Castro is awaiting trial at Orleans Parish Prison on a $1 million bail.