Crime Stoppers: Juan Lopez Murder

Crime Stoppers: Juan Lopez Murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department are hoping someone contacts them with information about a murder from three years ago that leads to the killer's arrest.

Photos taken inside the Latin Club in Baton Rouge on July 1, 2012 show a large group of people having a good time. But, could they also show a killer? That's what detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department want to find out.

Investigators said Juan Lopez, 26, was at the club when an argument inside later carried over to the parking lot.

"He was walking outside when he got into a verbal argument with some other Hispanic males," Detective Scott Blake with BRPD said. "They started fighting and one of the Hispanic males stabbed him multiple times."

Lopez died at the scene. But, who is the man they suspect was behind the blade? Until recently, detectives didn't know much about him. They began to learn more, though.

Detective Blake said the suspected killer is originally from Central America.

"We know that he was staying in the Gardere area at the time. We learned afterwards that he went back to Central America, but had returned and was living in Ascension Parish," Blake added.

But that's all they got. There are pictures from the club that night and they show a packed dance floor with many potential witnesses. However, investigators said they aren't getting what they need for that arrest.

"There were several witnesses who identified him through a photo, but we don't have a name," Blake explained.

The owner of the building said he's been working hard over the last few years to turn things around there. The club has been shut down and he has no plans to let another one in that location.

But, Lopez's murder goes unsolved until detectives are able to match the face to a name.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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