Suspect charged in murder of store clerk Kenner; alleged accomplice extradited from Memphis | Crime/Police

A day after a suspect in the murder of convenience store clerk Kenner was extradited to Jefferson Parish, a grand jury indicted his alleged co-conspirator in the case.

Lamonte Loggins, 28, was incarcerated Wednesday at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna for first-degree murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and unlawful discharge of a firearm, according to Lt. Michael Cunningham, Kenner Police Department spokesperson.






Lamonte Loggins, left, and his brother, Eric Rodgers, right, are charged with the death of Abd El Ghader Sylla, a Kenner Shell service station employee, shot dead in an armed robbery on November 30 2021.




Loggins was transported from the Shelby County Jail to Memphis, where authorities say he and his brother Eric Rodgers, 30, fled after the ‘senseless’ execution of Abd El Ghader Sylla, a cashier a Kenner gas station that was shot down in an armed attack. flight.

A grand jury on Thursday charged Rodgers with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, court records show. He had been extradited from Memphis on December 18.

Kenner detectives used DNA, surveillance video and a tip called by one of the suspects to identify Loggins and Rodgers as the thieves who robbed a Shell station at 3501 Williams Blvd., in the early hours of the morning of November 30.

As police worked feverishly to identify the two men who killed a Kenner gas station employee in an armed robbery on Nov. 30, detectives received…

Sylla, 30, a married father, was working an extra shift at the store, authorities said, when Rodgers and Loggins entered the business around 2:10 a.m.

Loggins is accused of brandishing a pistol before demanding and receiving cash from the till. Rodgers is seen on company surveillance cameras grabbing packs of cigarettes from behind the counter as Sylla kneels on the floor, authorities said.

Loggins then whipped Sylla with a pistol. He was about to walk away, but he turned and fired a shot that hit Sylla, still kneeling, on the right side of his torso, according to Kenner police.

Sylla managed to call 911 for help, but later died of his injuries.

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DeVona Tibbet wept on Monday afternoon as she struggled to come to terms with the violence that swept away her husband and shattered her world.

“It was a senseless homicide,” Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser said in the days after the robbery, noting that Sylla did everything the robbers asked of him. “While leaving, someone decides to stop and in cold blood shoots and kills the employee.”

The shooter dropped a latex glove on the ground during the heist. Investigators used DNA from the glove to identify Loggins as a suspect, authorities said.

Detectives also used video from a series of home and business surveillance cameras to track the route of the thieves’ getaway vehicle. They determined that the car drove to an apartment on Loire Drive, about 4 km from the gas station. The apartment and car were linked to Rodgers’ girlfriend, police said.

When two masked thieves broke into a Kenner gas station early on Monday, the 30-year-old clerk on duty did everything police said…

As investigators teamed up with state and federal authorities to identify the suspects, Kenner detectives received a phone call from an anonymous informant who named Loggins as the shooter and revealed that Loggins was hiding in his hometown of Memphis, according to police.

The tipster turned out to be Rodgers. Whatever his reasons, the information he revealed led to his and his brother’s arrest, police say.

Rodgers told police he had no idea his brother intended to rob the store, although he admitted to stealing the cigarettes. But Kenner police say they believe Rodgers was involved in the robbery.

After the indictment, the court increased Rodgers’ bond to $850,000.

Loggins was being held without bond for first-degree murder. Bond was set at $235,000 on other charges.

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