NEW ORLEANS -- Just hours after the car allegedly involved in the fatal hit and run of a police officer was discovered a block away from New Orleans Police Department headquarters, the NOPD has located a person of interest in the case.
Police say they worked through a “web of deception” to find the Porsche Panamera believed to have struck and killed Officer Rodney Thomas on the Interstate-10 high rise, then leaving the scene early Sunday morning.
The vehicle was towed from Best of the Best Auto Shop in Mid-City Monday night.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said he’s saddened by an apparent attempt to cover up the crime.
“We can assure anyone who knows something about this case, you’d do yourself a favor talking now, you’d do yourself a favor talking now, because we have reason to believe that far too many people knew about this and didn’t do anything about it,” Serpas said.
Police are now talking with the person of interest they had been searching for, Kenneth Halley, 28. Halley has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests for second-degree murder and heroin distribution.
Police believe he has information on this case, and they’re hoping he can give them some answers.
Within the last 48 hours, police have questioned multiple people and received more than 100 Crimestoppers tips.
They expect multiple arrests.
“The callousness of some people in this city has been overcome by the men and women around us and will likely bring this to a conclusion in the next few days,” Serpas said.
Police would not yet release any information on who owns the car. The investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.
The reward has been increased to $15,000.