Following teen’s death, Iberville sheriff hopes to increase technology

Following teen’s death, Iberville sheriff hopes to increase technology

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The men behind the gun that killed Johnathan Tobias, 14, are still walking free.

The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office recently released surveillance video that shows the moments before the teen was shot.

(Source: Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office)

“His family heard the shots. His family heard him fall,” Sheriff Brett Stassi explained. “These people are cowards and to come up in the cover of darkness and do this, it just tears me up.”

It happened on Barrow Street in April. That’s an area of town in Plaquemine that Sheriff Stassi says doesn’t have advanced technology like cameras, license plate readers, or a ShotSpotter to catch criminals.

“Criminals now are being more and more resourceful. As law enforcement, we have to be more and more resourceful,” the sheriff said.

The sheriff is hoping to catch people in the act in all parts of the city. He says that type of technology could have helped investigators catch Jonathan’s killer.

“When people are moving around the city and come in to do harm to people, we can have some kind of technology in place to find these people out,” Sheriff Stassi said. “We want to use every bit of technology we have to fight crime.”

(Source: WAFB)

Sheriff Stassi says crimes shouldn’t go unsolved because of lack of technology. He says he’s setting a goal to bring in more tools for his parish.

“We may be able to find someone or locate a vehicle that may have been used in some type of crime or drive-by shooting," he said.

Some parts of Plaquemine currently have license plate readers, but the sheriff says he’s unsure at this moment how much it might cost.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that could lead to an arrest. 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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