METAIRIE, La. -- Hours after announcing that one man has been arrested and one man is being sought in connection with a carjacking Saturday, a sheriff's office spokesman said New Orleans police have recovered the stolen vehicle.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato didn't release where the vehicle was found, but he said New Orleans police spotted it. Fortunato had said earlier in the day that they were searching the Algiers area for the car.
The vehicle is being inspected by the JPSO crime lab.
Earlier in the day, Fortunato said Antonio Marcelin, 19, of New Orleans, was booked with one count of accessory after the fact to armed robbery. An arrest warrant on two counts of armed robbery has been issued for Hendrick Porter, 18, of Harvey, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
Please cancel all information on the stolen 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt from Bonnabel Boulevard on Saturday night. On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the vehicle was located and recovered by members of the NOPD Fourth District. The vehicle was towed to the JPSO Crime Lab for processing by JPSO Crime Scene and Crime Lab personnel.
According to the sheriff's office, a 39-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter were carjacked in the 600 block of Bonnabel, not far from I-10 around 9 p.m. Saturday.
Initially, the victims told investigators the suspects in a green Explorer 'jumped in front of them,' as they were driving northbound on Bonnabel, but JPSO determined the victims actually passed-up the Explorer initially, and upon reaching Veterans Boulevard decided to return back to where the individuals were located, in order to offer assistance.
Home video surveillance secured by investigators supports the corrected account of the victims' actions. The black, 2008 Chevy Cobalt could be seen pulling up behind the green, 1997 Ford Explorer. From that point, the victims account was accurate, according to the sheriff's office.
The Ford Explorer, left behind by the suspects, was towed for crime scene processing, and prints and DNA were obtained by crime scene personnel. Research conducted on the vehicle identification number eventually led investigators to Antonio Marcelin.
Marcelin was located by deputies and agreed to be interviewed, telling investigators several stories, according to the sheriff's office.
Marcelin, who owned the Ford Explorer but had not transferred ownership through the DMV, told investigators someone had stolen his Ford Explorer. When presented with inconsistencies in his story, Marcelin said on Saturday night he was in Algiers, when two men known to him only as 'Ace'/'Anthony' and 'J'/'Jonathan,' asked him for a ride to Kenner. They also offered to put gas in his Explorer, to which he agreed.
As Marcelin was driving on the Interstate, his Explorer began to overheat, so he exited at Bonnabel Boulevard and turned towards the lake, stopping in the 600 block of Bonnabel Boulevard. He said he went to get help and the two men stayed in the vehicle. When he came back, he said the SUV was gone.
According to the sheriff's office, Marcelin then changed his story again and said that 'Ace' and 'J' began panicking because they were in Jefferson Parish and had a handgun and an AK-47 rifle. When the Explorer would not start, 'Ace' and 'J' told him something had to be done to get them out of the area.
'J', who Marcelin described as having tattoos on his right arm, exited the Explorer saying he was going to get a vehicle. 'J' attempted to flag down vehicles, eventually leading to a black Chevy Cobalt stopping to help. Marcelin described 'J' using the victim's cell phone and 'Ace' exiting the passenger side of the Explorer with the AK-47.
'J' then produced the handgun, at which time they ordered the victim and her daughter to exit the Cobalt.
Marcelin did not say who drove the Cobalt as they fled onto I-10. They traveled to the Jackson Landing Apartments in Algiers where Marcelin claimed they left the Cobalt.
Marcelin would eventually tell Sergeant Balser he lied about the names of the others in his vehicle, admitting the gunman with the AK-47 was a guy he knew as 'Lil Hen'.
Computer research on the name 'Lil Hen' resulted in the development of Hendrick Porter as one of the gunmen. Marcelin positively identified Hendricks Porter in a photo line-up.
Efforts are underway to positively identify the remaining suspects in this investigation.
Marcelin was transported to the JPCC where he was booked with accessory after the fact to armed robbery.
Investigators have not yet found Hendrick Porter but he is currently wanted by both JPSO for this carjacking, and by NOPD for a home invasion and aggravated assault. Porter is also listed as a member of the '7 Gang'.
Anyone with information in this investigation, or who may know the whereabouts of Hendrick Porter or the black Chevy Cobalt, is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Kevin Balser at 504-364-5300 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111.