SLIDELL, La. -- The suspect in the French Quarter murder of a Slidell optometrist last month is now in custody.
Bobby Troy, 20, was arrested in Moberly, Missouri after Crimestoppers received several tips, as well as a call from a member of Troy's family. Troy faces a second-degree murder charge.
“The fact that a family member reached out to police to turn in Bobby Troy is exactly the right thing to do," said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. "Without doubt, this person I’m certain has the gratitude of Dr. Hachfeld’s family, this police department and the people of New Orleans."
Investigators identified Troy in surveillance video, buying a ticket at the Greyhound bus station here in New Orleans. Police say he boarded a bus to Columbia, Missouri, and U.S. Marshals later found him in Moberly.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the video and tips led them to Troy.
"Let me be perfectly clear about this," he said. "The final piece of information that brought Bobby Troy into the custody of authorities was a member of his family called the local police in Missouri and said where he was."
Troy allegedly struck Dr. Brent Hachfeld, 32, on the back of the head near the intersection of Dumaine and Dauphine streets. Hachfeld later died at a hospital.
A magistrate will decide when Troy is extradited back to New Orleans.