NEW ORLEANS – The FBI has offered assistance to the NOPD in identifying and locating the man suspected of gunning down an Algiers man who attempted to stop a carjacking Wednesday morning.
The NOPD said the FBI offered its help and it was accepted by detectives.
Harry “Mike” Ainsworth was gunned down in front of his children around 7 a.m. as he tried to disrupt a carjacking that was taking place in the 500 block of Vallette Street.
A composite sketch of the suspect was made after input from several eyewitnesses to the event.
“We are grateful that a number of people in this neighborhood approached police to tell us what they saw”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “Because of their eye witness accounts, we were able to put together a composite sketch of the man we believe committed this unthinkable crime.”
“Mr. Ainsworth was a longtime supporter and volunteer to the NOPD’s COPS 8 program, which provides assistance to the officers of the 8th District. The members of the 8th District station sincerely appreciated his efforts to fix up the station by painting and repairing various things in the building. He’ll be missed.”
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 inches tall and weighs between 140-150 pounds. He was wearing something dark on his head that could have been baseball cap or a bandana. A sketch of this suspect is attached to this release.
If you believe you’ve seen the suspect, please call Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111. You do not have to give your name, and if your tip helps lead to an arrest and subsequent indictment of the suspect, you could be eligible for a $5000 cash reward.