GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A suspect wanted in connection to a 2015 double murder in Donaldsonville was taken into custody thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip that led investigators to his location.
Demond Foley, 28, was arrested in a joint effort by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the New Orleans Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals. He was found at an apartment complex on the west bank of New Orleans late Friday evening.
Foley was wanted for his involvement in the January 2015 homicide of 37-year-old Chad and 29-year-old Bennie Booker on Latino Drive in Donaldsonville.
Foley was taken to the Orleans Parish Prison, where he awaits extradition. He will be booked into the Ascension Parish Jail and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
On January 26, 2015, Nichols was found dead on the front lawn of his home in Donaldsonville. Deputies say Booker was found in the doorway of Nichols' home. He was rushed to the hospital where he died. Officials say both men were fatally shot and the investigation revealed the shooting was a drug-related crime, with the possible motive of robbery.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said heroin was found in Nichols' home during the investigation.
Shell casings recovered from the double homicide scene were examined by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab. Lab results revealed the weapon used in the double shooting in Donaldsonville is the same weapon that was used in four separate shootings in New Orleans between 2011 and 2013, according to Sheriff Wiley.
Additionally, Booker's vehicle, a 2007 white Dodge Magnum, was stolen from Nichols driveway at the time of the homicide. A second vehicle, which appears to be a 2006-2011 white 4-door, 3 series BMW was captured on surveillance video traveling with the Magnum speeding through Donaldsonville away from Latino Drive. The video shows four occupants in the BMW and one driving the stolen Dodge Magnum.
The stolen Magnum was later recovered in the New Orleans area after it was set on fire.
Lt. Col. Bobby Webre with APSO said Foley is the fifth person arrested in connection with the double homicide.
On August 6, 2015, Ascension Parish detectives arrested 26-year-old Quinton Jackson in New Orleans with the assistance of New Orleans and federal authorities. On October 22, 2015, APSO deputies arrested Marlon Williams, 35, in Assumption Parish.
Deputies also arrested 28-year-old Eric Bernard in New Orleans on October 26, 2015. Thaddeus Nathan, 23, was also arrested in New Orleans on October 30, 2015.
All four suspects were booked into the Ascension Parish jail and charges with two counts of first-degree murder.
Jackson, Williams, and Nathan all remain in jail awaiting arraignment. Bernard was released from jail on April 11.