Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a second suspect has been arrested in connection with an attempted murder and armed robbery in Gray in April 2018. Justen Harris, 21, of Houma turned himself in Thursday. Kyrie Verdin, 20, of Thibodaux was previously arrested in the incident and remains in jail. Detectives are still trying to identify two other male suspects in the incident.
At around 2:40 a.m. on April 12, 2018, deputies responded to the Cypress Court Trailer Park in Gray after learning two people had been shot. Upon arrival, deputies learned a 22-year-old male and an 18-year-old female were injured in the shooting. Investigators learned Verdin had contacted the female victim earlier in the evening and told her she would be stopping by the residence. Verdin traveled to the residence with Harris and the two other men who planned to rob the male victim. Verdin was the first to approach the residence, and she made contact with the female victim outside. Investigators learned Verdin pulled the female victim aside as Harris and the other two men entered the residence. All three men were wearing hooded sweatshirts, and at least one was armed with a handgun. They allegedly broke down the male victim’s bedroom door and fired multiple rounds at him. The male victim fired several rounds back at the suspects. The female victim was in another bedroom and was struck during the exchange of gunfire.
Following an investigation, detectives obtained warrants for Verdin and Harris for two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder and Attempted Armed Robbery. Verdin was taken into custody on later that day. She remains in jail in lieu of a $1.1 million bond.
Harris turned himself in to the Thibodaux Police Department on Thursday, May 31. He was booked on warrants for two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder and Attempted Armed Robbery with Use of a Firearm. His bond is set at $1.11 million.
Detectives are still seeking to identify the two other male suspects in this crime. Anyone with information is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.