Slaying of armed truck guard in broad daylight shocks community

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 7:01 AM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

NEW ORLEANS -- Shell casings littered the ground outside this Chase Bank on Carrollton Avenue as police investigate the murder of a security guard.

Police say 45-year-old Hector Trochez was unloading money from a Loomis armored vehicle around 10:45 a.m. when three men fatally shot him and fled with cash.

A second guard in the vehicle was unharmed, but family members say she's in shock.

“Oh, she was crying,” said Carolyn Treaudo Bell. “She's just overwhelmed. She's in grief. She's in terrible grief.”

Workers nearby say they heard more than a dozen shots.

The bold shooting at a busy intersection in broad daylight has shaken the neighborhood. Kyle McDermott was getting ready to walk to the bank when shots broke out.

“It's a sad thing. It's a tragedy what happened,” he said. “Walk here at (3 a.m.) when I get off of work, so I've never felt unsafe.”

Police found this suspected getaway car shortly after the shooting. It was left still running in the backyard of an abandoned home at Adam and Green Streets, blocks from the bank-- and feet from Ashley Cristia's house.

“I heard lot of commotion. The dogs were going crazy,” said Ashley Cristia. “It really is kind of scary that it's right outside my house where it was all going on.”

Police believe the suspects fled in a second vehicle after abandoning the first, a gray Hyundai with a license plate of 14021654.

Meanwhile Loomis guards are mourning the loss of one of their own.

A company official said in a statement, "Loomis' number one concern is the safety of our employees, and making sure we're taking care of our teammates family."

 

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