One man suspected of involvement in the deadly shooting of a Loomis armored-truck employee in Mid-City late last month fled the state afterward, and another was arrested when he tried to pick up a paycheck from the job for which he had abruptly stopped showing up, according to federal authorities.
The information surfaced at a hearing in New Orleans federal court Friday during which a judge agreed to order that the man in custody, former college football player Deltoine Scott, be held without bail.
Scott so far has been accused only of lying to investigators about his whereabouts on May 31, the day Loomis employee Jimmy McBride, 33, was fatally shot while servicing the automated teller machines outside Campus Federal Credit Union at South Galvez Street and Tulane Avenue.
But a federal prosecutor on Friday made clear that Scott is strongly suspected of participating in McBride's killing.
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Authorities have not said whether the "other suspect" to whom FBI agent Christopher Bauer referred during his testimony Friday is Jerome Kieffer, whose name figured prominently in the written complaint against Scott.
The FBI investigates robberies at banks and similar institutions.
Bauer testified only that authorities had used license-plate recognition technology to determine that another suspect in the case had headed east on Interstate 10 after McBride's death.
According to authorities, two armed men wearing hoods and masks tried to rob McBride and a co-worker in Campus Federal's drive-through ATM area about 4:30 p.m. The co-worker and the assailants exchanged gunfire, and McBride was killed.
The attackers then hopped into a distinctive getaway vehicle, Bauer said: a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup with a black hood and bed and a white roof and doors. The truck had been used by Kenner police before being either auctioned off or retired, Bauer said.
Scott's grandfather, Charles Mitchell, was driving it the night of May 31 when New Orleans police pulled him over on Chef Menteur Highway. Mitchell told them he had just gotten the truck back from his grandson, who had borrowed the vehicle all day.
Investigators then collected a body of circumstantial evidence leading them to believe Scott likely had a hand in McBride's slaying.
Bauer said Scott had logged perfect attendance at his job at Sam's Club in Metairie from his start date in February until the day McBride was slain, when Scott clocked out three hours before his shift was supposed to end at 2 p.m. Scott then missed his next three shifts without explanation and was fired, Bauer said.
Bauer said Scott told investigators that he had not gone near the Campus Federal building on the day McBride was killed. But a sign-in log from the building next door indicates that Scott used his Louisiana driver's license to visit Kieffer there that day, according to a criminal complaint written by Bauer.
Footage from area security cameras also shows the truck driving past Campus Federal that day, with an eyewitness placing the vehicle a block away from the bank.
Also, investigators were able to determine that Scott's phone was used to call Kieffer before and after McBride's slaying, Bauer said.
Scott claimed he had lost his phone two days earlier, but Bauer said service provider data don't support that claim.
Bauer's complaint describes Kieffer as a known associate of Scott. Information on the internet suggests both were athletes at McDonogh 35 High School before Scott went on to play football at McNeese State in Lake Charles.
Kieffer's is the only name mentioned in Bauer's complaint other than Scott and Mitchell. But a spokesman for the FBI declined Monday to say whether he was the same suspect who had fled the state and whom Bauer mentioned in passing Friday in front of U.S. Magistrate Michael North.
An attorney for Kieffer, Martin Regan, said Monday that as far as he knows, his client is in Louisiana and there is no warrant for his arrest.
Federal authorities secured a warrant to arrest Scott for lying to the FBI shortly after his meeting with them. He was arrested when he went to Sam's to collect his final check, prompting a store manager to alert authorities.
Scott's attorney, Benny George, said Friday that his client should be given the opportunity to post bail because he lacked a prior criminal record and has no passport, suggesting he isn't dangerous or a flight risk. Scott was working to support his young daughter, and the homes he shared with his parents and grandfather are local addresses, George added.
But authorities had failed to find Scott at a number of addresses he reportedly frequented, suggesting that he was trying to evade them, federal prosecutor David Haller said.
North said he had to view Scott's apparent lying in the "broader context" of his potentially being charged in McBride's murder, which would qualify him as dangerous and give him a strong reason to hide.
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