Police arrest suspect in hit and run death of Mandeville man

Police arrest suspect in hit and run death of Mandeville man

Andy LaPlante and his sister.

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 7:52 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - Police have arrested a New Orleans man in connection with the hit and run death of a Mandeville man early Friday.

Michael Brown, 29, has been charged with manslaughter, hit and run and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of 24-year-old Andy LaPlante. He has since posted a $50,000 bond.

LaPlante was out in the Marigny Thursday night for a bachelor party when he got separated from the group. His sister said he told his friends on the phone that he was going to catch a cab. She said that was the last she heard of him.

Just 15 minutes after he got off the phone, LaPlante was crossing the street near the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Music Street, when someone hit and killed him and then drove off.

Police received an anonymous tip about a car with front damage on Jourdan Avenue. Officers knocked on the door of the home next to the lot where the car was parked, and Brown answered.

Brown admitted to police that he was driving down St. Claude at the time of the crash, but that he though he had struck something like a dog. He said he circled the block but didn't see anything.

However, police say detectives learned Brown removed the hood of the vehicle and tossed it in the weeds near his home.

Brown faces charges of manslaughter, hit and run and obstruction of justice.

“Our strategy is clear:  If someone commits a crime like this, and tries to cover it up- they will be tracked down, and the people who tried to help them get away with it will be booked right alongside them as accessories," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

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