Sheriff Newell Normand announces the arrest of Jacoby J. Davis, B/M, 17, of 2220 Cartier Drive in Laplace. Davis was issued misdemeanor summons for Criminal Mischief/False Reporting and Gambling in Public.
You may recall, on Saturday, July 1, 2017, our officers responded to the report of a robbery in the parking lot of Lakeside Mall at 3301 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. The victim in the alleged robbery, identified as Jacoby Davis reported he was robbed by several black male subjects as he walked through the mall parking garage. Upon surrendering his currency to the suspects, Davis reported seeing them getting into a red Dodge Charger which was being driven by a black female. Davis told our officers he followed the suspects' vehicle to Athania Parkway and Veterans Boulevard. It was there, Davis reported one of the suspects exited the Charger and began firing several rounds from a handgun at him. Several bullet strikes were detected on Davis' vehicle. He was not injured. Crime Scene technicians located several spent .45 caliber shell casings lying in the street on Athania Pkwy.
From the initial interviews conducted by members of the Patrol Division, our officers believed Davis was not being completely truthful regarding his account of the robbery. During Davis' on scene statements he changed his story, reporting that he encountered a group of suspects inside of the parking garage playing a betting game. He told our officers that he somehow was forced to play.
Members of our Robbery Section began a follow-up investigation into this incident on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Attempts to locate any witnesses or businesses in the area that may have observed or captured either the incident at the mall or the shooting on Athania Parkway were unsuccessful, due to most businesses being closed for the weekend/holiday. On July 5th, 2017, Robbery Detective Steven Keller conducted a follow-up interview with Jacoby Davis at our Investigations Bureau. When presented with details he provided on the day of the robbery, Davis again stated that he traveled to the mall, parked his vehicle and encountered the suspects in the parking garage and that they were playing a gambling game that consisted of a black board with three bottle caps and a small ball of "weed" (marijuana) hidden underneath one of the caps. Davis told Detective Keller he willfully participated in playing the game. Shortly thereafter, Davis told the suspects he no longer wanted to participate in the game. At that point, one of the black males removed the money Davis had in his hand and fled in the red Dodge Charger. Detective Keller noted during his interview with Davis that he refuted claims he reportedly made to the Patrol officers who took the initial report. Davis refused to answer any additional questions regarding this investigation. As a result of his findings, Detective Keller issued a misdemeanor summons for the aforementioned charges.
Colonel John N. Fortunato
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Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office