PRAIRIEVILLE - Deputies arrested two people and are looking for two more in the slaying of a Baton Rouge man whose body was found in a closed lounge’s parking lot, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Fishermen discovered the body of Joshua Banks, 27, shortly before daybreak Saturday in the parking lot of the Alligator Bayou Bar, said Lt. Col. Paul Robert, sheriff’s chief of criminal operations. The bar has been closed for several months.
Montrell Antoinie Lemon, 20, 17232 Jefferson Highway, No. 835, Baton Rouge, and Jerelyn Lemon Stovall, 30, 316 Lenona St., Houma, were arrested Monday and booked on counts of second-degree murder, deputies said in a news release.
No bail had been set as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Warrants on counts of second-degree murder also were issued for Corey Robertson, 30, 17232 Jefferson Highway, No. 835, Baton Rouge; and Eujohn Moses, 33, 1363 N. Isodore, Gramercy, deputies said.
Both Robertson and Moses remain at large.
Lt. Col. Robert said that deputies believe the shooting happened at the bar but are still investigating the motive. Those alleged to be involved are connected, however, deputies said. Lt. Col. Robert said Lemon is Stovall’s brother and Robertson is Stovall’s boyfriend.
Robert said investigators believe Moses and Banks were acquaintances of the other three.
Deputies said investigators were able to break the case after they linked Lemon, who was last seen with Banks, to the murder scene.
Lemon’s arrest and the subsequent investigation led deputies to the other three suspects, deputies said.
Robert said investigators do not believe the owners of the closed bar are connected to the slaying.
The Sheriff’s Office was helped by investigators from the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East and West Baton Rouge sheriff’s offices, deputies said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.