Homicide suspect in custody after standoff with NOPD in Gentilly

A suspect in a homicide earlier this year is in custody following a standoff with police Wednesday.

NEW ORLEANS -- Police have a murder suspect in custody after he barricaded himself inside a Gentilly home on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the New Orleans Police Department, officers surrounded a home on Lavender Street near Franklin Avenue after the suspect, along with a group of other people, ran into the home. Police first reported the standoff around 4:20 p.m. after a report of a stolen car seen in the area. 

One of the suspects barricaded himself in the home until he was taken into custody around 5 p.m. According to NOPD, he was wanted for a murder that occurred in the summer at the Webber hotel in the 9300 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

Later on Wednesday night, the suspect arrested was identified by The New Orleans Advocate as 18-year-old Keaun Jones. Jones was indicted last month by a grand jury for the murder of 18-year-old Damian Crockem, Jr. Last week, Jones skipped arraignment, however two co-defendants in the case were jailed prior to the standoff on Wednesday.  

Eyewitness News is on the scene and will continue to update this story as it develops.

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