Combined reward up to $17,500 offered for information on murder of 14-year-old Plaquemine teen

Johnathan Tobias (Source: Family)
Johnathan Tobias (Source: Family)
Updated: May. 9, 2019 at 4:06 PM CDT
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IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A newly released video from the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office shows two men walking up in the dark to a home on Barrow Street in Plaquemine on April 24.

“Two men walk out of the darkness, fire some shots into a trailer, which I call a cowardly act, which struck a young, 14-year-old boy who was in the prime of life, and killed him in his mother’s home,” said Sheriff Brett Stassi.

That 14-year-old was Johnathan Tobias, a freshman at Plaquemine High. His mother was too distraught to talk on camera about her son, who she says was a quiet, friendly kid and loved his family, school, and playing video games.

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“They thought that a different individual was in this home, but he was not present at the time and this 14-year-old was struck and killed,” said Sheriff Stassi.

The video shows both men’s guns fire at least once. Sheriff Stassi says in February of 2018, seven people were playing a dice game in Plaquemine when someone tried to rob them. The would be victim defended himself and ended up shooting the attempted robber. Sheriff Stassi says this shooting that unintentionally resulted in the death of Tobias, who was in his home minding his own business, was a continuation of that argument from 2018.

“I wouldn’t say we have a problem with gangs, but these two groups of individuals continue with the gang activity and I would call it tit for tat firing back and forth, but this has to stop,” said Sheriff Stassi.

Sheriff Stassi says they do have one more video they’re not releasing just yet, but they’re hoping someone may recognize the two and call in with any information.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to their arrests. The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office is also offering a separate reward for another $5,000, while the North American Auto Group is also putting up a reward for $7,500. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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