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Contact:  Detective Brian McGregor


Office:    (504) 712-2252

Date:      November 2, 2010


Kenner Police arrest murder suspect


Kenner - A Kenner man has been arrested in reference to an October 28, 2010 armed robbery / murder that occurred in the 900 block of Vouray Drive in Kenner.  On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, Kenner Police Detectives arrested Joseph Humbles, 18, who resides at 2604 Tupelo Street in Kenner.  Humbles was charged with the crimes of first degree murder, attempt first degree murder, and armed robbery (2-counts).

The original incident occurred on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at approximately 10:58 p.m.  Kenner Police Officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 900 block of Vouray Drive, in Kenner.  Upon arrival, officers found one victim, identified as Walter D. Bailey, 49, of Kenner, suffering from several gunshot wounds.  An investigation revealed that at least two black males armed with guns approached the victim and a second victim and demanded money.  Both victims attempted to run away from the robbery when gunshots were fired striking Bailey and the second victim.  Bailey’s death was pronounced on scene.  The second victim, who is 57 years old, was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for a single gunshot wound to the back. 

Kenner Police were able to identify Humbles by utilizing the Kenner Police license plate recognition system, where they located Humbles vehicle in close proximity to the robbery / murder.  In addition, detectives recovered evidence left by Humbles on the crime scene.  Humbles was also identified as one of the two perpetrators responsible for the armed robbery / murder.    

Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident or the identity of the second perpetrator, to call the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.  Detective Charlotte Synigal is in charge of the investigation.