Guardian Angels step up search for Algiers killer

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Posted on January 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 27 at 7:54 PM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News

*Funeral arrangements made

NEW ORLEANS – Guardian Angels on bikes took to the Algiers Point neighborhood Friday to try to help the NOPD turn up leads in the murder of a 44-year-old man who tried to intervene in a carjacking and was shot to death within view of his young sons.

Harry “Mike” Ainsworth was gunned down in the 500 block of Valette Street Wednesday morning after jumping onto the hood of a car that had just been carjacked.

The Angels went door-to-door, making sure neighbors have a copy of a wanted poster with the composite sketch of the murder suspect.

“Just getting the word out there, getting the fliers out,” said Robert McClintock, an Angel. “(We are) getting the scumbag’s face out there. Hopefully he turns himself in or his family turns him in.”

Algiers Point neighbors say they appreciate the help and fear the suspect is still in the area.

“Whoever it was, if they came in to this neighborhood on foot, they can’t be very far away,” said Matthew White, who lives in the Point. “As long as the suspect is still out there, nobody is going to feel quite at peace about it.”

Today the NOPD was out in full force, looking for the killer. Stepped up patrols were easy to spot on the streets of Algiers Point. So far, police have not identified a suspect.

The Guardian Angels say they will keep a presence in the neighborhood until police make an arrest in the case.

Anonymous tips should be called in to Crimestoppers, in order to claim the $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the case.  The number is 504-822-1111.

Meanwhile funeral arrangements have been made for Ainsworth. The services will be at St. Louis Cathedral next Friday, February 3 with visitation from 9 am to 11 am and the funeral at 11 a.m.

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