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Posted on: July 29, 2014

Carjacking Investigation Update

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:20 AM

Antonio Marcelin, B/M, 19, of 3522 Vespasian Boulevard in New Orleans. Marcelin was booked into the JPCC overnight with one count of Accessory After the Fact to Armed Robbery in the Carjacking incident that took place this past weekend in Metaire. Arrest warrants for two counts of Armed Robbery have been issued in this investigation, as well, for Hendrick Porter, B/M, 18, whose last known address was 1800 Estalote Street in Harvey.

You may recall, on Saturday, July 26, 2014, the victim of a carjacking called the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to report she and her 14 year-old daughter were the victims of an armed robbery in the 600 block of Bonnabel Boulevard.

Initially, the victims told investigators the suspects "jumped in front of them", as they were driving northbound on Bonnabel. Investigators determined the victims actually passed-up the green Explorer initially, and upon reaching Veterans Blvd. decided to return back to where the individuals were located to offer assistance. Home video surveillance secured by our investigators support 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.

As mentioned in our initial news release, the Ford Explorer, left behind by the suspects, was towed for Crime Scene processing. Latent prints and DNA were obtained by Crime Scene personnel during the processing of the vehicle. Research conducted on the vehicle identification number eventually led investigators to Antonio Marcelin. Marcelin was located. He agreed to be interviewed in this matter at our Investigations Bureau. Marcelin, who owned the Ford Explorer, but had not transferred ownership through the DMV, began by telling investigators someone had stolen his Ford Explorer. When presented with inconsistencies in his story, Marcelin told investigators on Saturday evening he was in Algiers, when two subjects, known to him only as “Ace”/”Anthony” and “J”/”Jonathan,” asked him for a ride to Kenner. They offered to put gas in his Explorer, which he agreed to the arrangement. As Marcelin was driving on the Interstate, his Explorer began to overheat. He exited at Bonnabel Boulevard and turned towards the lake, stopping in the 600 block of Bonnabel Boulevard. Marcelin told “Ace” and “J” he was going to walk the neighborhood looking for assistance, stating they chose to stay in his vehicle. Marcelin went on to say, when he returned to his vehicle, it was no longer there. He maintained he traveled back to the Westbank, assuming "Ace"and "J" would return his vehicle to him.

Robbery Sergeant Kevin Balser pointed out several improbabilities in Marcelin's version of events. Marcelin admitted he was less than truthful, adding one additional individual to the occupants of his Explorer. Marcelin advised “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 the tattoos on his right arm, exited the Explorer advising 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. The vehicle, bearing LA license # WT 308, has not been recovered. 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, B/M of 3500 Garden Oaks Drive, 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 traveled to 1800 Estalote Street, as well as to other addresses Hendrick Porter may have been, but have yet to locate him.

Hendrick Porter has arrests as a juvenile for simple battery, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile, aggravated assault(x2), aggravated criminal damage to property, weapons charges, theft, attempted simple robbery and status offenses. He has juvenile convictions for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm and attempted simple robbery. As an adult, Porter has arrests for possession of marijuana and disturbing the peace. He is currently wanted by NOPD for a home invasion and aggravated assault. Porter is also listed as a member of the “7 Gang”.

Antonio Marceline has one prior arrest for possession of stolen things.

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


John N. Fortunato
Commander,
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
504-363-5521 O
504-616-8731 C

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