Arrest made in murder of Metairie man

Officials talk about an arrest made in St. Charles Parish in the murder of Ryan Dubuc.

HAHNVILLE – A 28-year-old Metairie electrician who stopped at a convenience store on his way to work Monday for some money at the ATM and a snack was shot and killed sometime after giving a ride to a man who asked for one in the parking lot, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne.

Ryan Dubuc stopped at the gas station store and could be seen taking money from the machine - $80. He then purchased an energy drink and some type of food.

Champagne said Dubuc was approached in the parking lot by 31-year-old Jerel Smith who apparently asked for a ride and got in the driver’s side.

"We believe the perpetrator saw Mr. Dubuc withdraw the money from the ATM, which is clearly visible from the parking lot," said Champagne.

At some undetermined point, Dubuc was shot four times in the head. His body was found nearby on the side of the road. His car was found several miles away in a sugar cane field in the Belle Point subdivision in LaPlace Monday night.

Smith was booked with first-degree murder, armed robbery, use of a firearm and carjacking.

The sheriff's office believes Smith robbed another person at the same gas station on Dec. 29. 

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