U.S. marshals apprehend men wanted for attempted murder

Two Luling neighbors, who were wanted in connection with a Dec. 24 shooting that left three people with gunshot wounds, have been apprehended by U.S. marshals in Atlanta.

Both Dayshawn Preston, 19, of 1122 Kinler St., and Timothy Moll, 20, of 1111 Kinler St., allegedly hid in the bushes and shot at a group of four residents on Hackberry and Longview Drive on Christmas Eve. 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, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Preston is also the prime suspect 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.

That murder, which Champagne said appears to have been drug related, was the first in the parish this year. Authorities say that evidence uncovered as a result of the investigation into the Bailey shooting indicated that Preston and Moll were the Christmas Eve shooters.

However, when authorities tried to find the two after Bailey’s death, they had fled the area.

“After determining the duo had fled the state of Louisiana, we contacted the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force for assistance in locating the two wanted subjects,” Champagne said.

During the investigation to find Preston and Moll, task force officers tracked down numerous leads that put the two in Alabama and Georgia. The task force then received a tip that indicated Preston and Moll were hiding out in an address on Maples Street in Atlanta.

They were discovered at that location and arrested without incident, according to Deputy Marshal Mark Gunnoe.

The two are currently being held in the Fulton County jail and are awaiting extraction to St. Charles Parish. Preston and Moll have warrants for four counts of attempted murder, while Preston has a warrant for 2nd degree murder.


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