UPDATE: Ponchatoula Police make arrest for last week's murder


Lt Mark Perrin of the Ponchatoula Police Department confirmed on Thursday that an unidentified teen has also been arrested in connection with the murder of Greg McGary. The 16-year old female was charged yesterday in connection with the crime, which included a Principal to Commit Armed Robbery charge, Perrin stated. She has since been detained at the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, he said.
"Due to the offender being a juvenile, we are not allowed to release any additional information." said Perrin.

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the arrest of Rashad Evans (black, male, age 34, Ponchatoula) on charges of Second Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.
On the evening of Thursday, May 23, a Ponchatoula Police officer was patrolling the area of North Baronne St when he observed two black males standing in the roadway. As the officer got closer, he observed that one of the males had on bloody clothing. At that same time, the other black male turned and ran down an adjacent driveway. The officer gave a short chase but had to return to check on the wellbeing of the victim. The officer requested additional officers and medical assistance. Officers were able to set up a perimeter and wait for Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 to arrive on scene. After a search of the area, the suspect was not located. The suspect was described as a black male in dark clothing. The victim was brought to an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the facial area.
The Criminal Investigations Division was called out and immediately began to interview area residents. Late Thursday night, detectives learned that Rashad Evans may have had involvement with the shooting. Early Friday morning, the Ponchatoula Police Department went to Rashad Evan’s residence and arrested Evans without incident on outstanding warrants. On Friday night, Chief Layrisson received word that the victim Mr Greg McGary had succumb to his gunshot wound, and the Ponchatoula Police Department was now investigating their first homicide in over five years. After several more days of investigation, the Detectives were able to gather additional information to link Rashad Evans with the murder of Greg McGary. The detectives were able to locate Evans’ clothing from the night of the shooting, as well as the possible murder weapon. The detectives believe that it was an attempted armed robbery that led to the shooting death of McGary. Ponchatoula Police detectives traveled to Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite, where Rashad Evans remained in custody. Rashad Evans was booked on Second Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery charges. All evidence gathered will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for processing.
Chief Layrisson stated, “Once again, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the McGary family. Mr Greg McGary was a lifelong member of the Ponchatoula community, and he will be greatly missed by family and friends.” Layrisson went on to express, “I cannot say enough about my detectives. They have worked around the clock with very little sleep to ensure justice for the McGary family. The citizens of Ponchatoula have been outstanding in this investigation, and if it was not for their willingness to speak up, the arrest would not have been made so soon. For this, my department and I are very thankful.”

Layrisson appointed to Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement

ChiefPONCHATOULA---Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson has been appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice Board.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Governor,” stated Chief Layrisson, “I find it quite humbling for him to exhibit such confidence in my thoughts and ideas as to appoint me on this Board.”

The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) is an agency located in the Office of the Governor. LCLE is responsible for a broad range of statutory responsibilities, and its mission is to improve the operations of the criminal justice and juvenile justice system and promote public safety by providing progressive leadership and coordination within the criminal justice community.

Comprised of 55 members, the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice Board represents all aspects of the criminal justice system. The Board provides representation to all three levels of government (State, Parish and Municipal) and all three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial). Additionally, the Commission includes non-governmental members, including Louisiana Criminal Bar, Victims’ Advocacy Groups and private citizens with no involvement with the criminal justice system. Due to its broad composition, the Commission is the primary assembly where all parts of the justice system in Louisiana can come together for a common cause.

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