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Sheriff Jerry Larpenter is requesting the public’s help in locating a suspect in connection with a murder and attempted murder which occurred on Dec. 24, 2019.
Warrants have been issued for Desmond Devonte Verdin, 23, who is considered armed and dangeous. Apprehension or contact should not be attempted. Call TPSO at (985) 876-2500 or Crime Stoppers of the Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, if he is observed. Callers remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
On Jan. 2, 2020, Tyler D. Payne Jr., 27, was arrested by detectives and is now being held at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex charged with murder and attempted murder. A 15-year-old juvenile suspect was also arrested, on Jan. 1.
During an attempt to apprehend Verdin Wednesday morning, Jan. 1, a vehicle pursuit ensued during which the vehicle in question crashed into a house on Olympe Drive in the Village East subdivision, causing minor damage. Two suspects fled but a passenger, Gerard Barrow, 25, was arrested on methamphetamine distribution and possession charges.