Authorities arrested a second man over the weekend in connection with last week's quadruple homicide in Metairie, accusing him of helping the alleged killer elude police for more than two days.
Investigators believe 52-year-old Terry Manuel, of Kenner, gave Armande Tart, 20, a ride and a place to stay after the shooting. Manuel was booked on one count of acting as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
“These two individuals have a history of possibly committing crimes together," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said at a news conference. "They know one another.”
The Sheriff’s Office arrested Tart on Friday on four counts of first-degree murder and other charges, accusing him of killing four people in the course of stealing cocaine from an apartment on Pasadena Avenue where two of the victims lived.
Normand said cellphone records connected Tart to Manuel, adding that Manuel admitted giving Tart a ride and also divulged other details under questioning on Saturday.
Officials believe Tart first killed 56-year-old Harold Frisard, stabbing him 35 to 40 times. Then he called Manuel to ask for a ride, Normand said.
Tart then went across the courtyard of the Metairie apartment building, shot three people to death and wounded a woman who ended up surviving, the sheriff said.
Deputies believe that Tart wanted Manuel to pick him up after he had committed the shootings. But when Manuel arrived, he was scared off by the presence of Sheriff’s Office deputies, Normand said.
Tart then used a car owned by one of the shooting victims, Kyle Turner, to drive to Uptown New Orleans, where Manuel picked him up and gave him a ride elsewhere, Normand said.
Normand said he did not want to divulge where Tart went first after Manuel gave him that ride. But by Friday, Manuel was harboring Tart at Manuel’s home in the 2600 block of Albany Street in Kenner, the sheriff said. Tart was arrested there Friday.
Manuel was brought in for an interview the next day.
Manuel claimed that Tart told him only that he had committed a robbery, Normand said. But Manuel seemed to know more about the crime, according to the sheriff.
Detectives believe he knew that Tart had made statements about how Frisard had smoked some of Tart’s crack cocaine. He also knew that Tart had complained about how “strong” Frisard was, the sheriff said.
“He shared with him ultimately a little bit more information than just the robbery,” Normand said.
Authorities said Friday they had arrested a suspect in this week's quadruple murder in Metai…
Normand said he did not know whether Manuel was present when U.S. marshals surrounded Manuel’s residence on Albany Street and arrested Tart.
Both men remained in custody at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on Monday. Tart was being held with no bail; Manuel was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.