‘Armed, dangerous’ men on run from Sheriff's Office

Authorities say both men connected to Dec. 24 shooting, one sought in murder of Luling man

April 08, 2009 at 9:19 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for two Luling neighbors in connection with a Dec. 24 shooting that left three people, including a mother and her child, with gunshot wounds.

One of the men is also suspected of involvement in the April 5 murder of 25-year-old Luling resident Jahman Bailey, who was shot twice in the back and once in the chest on Paul Fredrick Street, Sheriff Greg Champagne said.

Dayshawn Preston, 19, of 1122 Kinler St. in Luling, is sought for the murder, while both Timothy Moll, 20, of 1111 Kinler St., and Preston are wanted for the Dec. 24 shooting, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The murder, which Champagne said appears to have been drug related, was the first in the parish this year. At 3 p.m., deputies responded to reports of gunshots and arrived to find Bailey dead with three gunshot wounds. Two women were administering CPR to Bailey when the deputies arrived.

During the subsequent investigation, sheriff’s detectives were able to link both Moll and Preston to an earlier shooting on Christmas Eve that took place a block from the murder - on Hackberry and Longview Drive. During the shooting, four residents were shot at by two men who had hidden in the bushes. A mother, her child and another juvenile were hit, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Two of the victims suffered shotgun blasts and one victim suffered a gunshot wound from a .45 caliber.

Champagne said that evidence uncovered as a result of the investigation into the Bailey shooting indicated that Preston and Moll were the shooters.

“The two men are neighbors and we believe they have fled the area together,” Champagne said. “They should be considered armed and dangerous and we believe they might be anywhere in the greater New Orleans area.”

A warrant was issued on April 6 for 2nd degree murder for Preston, while both Preston and Moll have warrants for four counts of attempted murder.

Champagne said that his office has not ruled out Moll’s involvement in Sunday’s murder.

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