Crimestoppers Tip Leads to The Arrest of Teen Murder Suspect

Posted on: June 15, 2015 | Posted in: Breaking News

The NOPD arrested 17-year-old August Garnett in connection with the April 22, 2015 shooting death of 40-year-old Cantrell Monday. The shooting occurred near the intersection of Alabo and Marais Street in the Lower Ninth Ward. 

On Saturday, June 13, 2015, around 2:30 p.m., Fifth District General Assignment Detective William Pearson was on proactive patrol near the intersection Marais and Lizardi Streets, after receiving information from a Crimestoppers tip alerting him that Garnett is known to frequent the area.

Detective Pearson observed Garnett travelling northbound on Jordan Avenue. Detective Pearson attempted to conduct a traffic stop at which time Garnett refused to stop and a vehicular pursuit ensued. Garnett bailed out of the Camry in the 1200 block of Andry Street. During the foot chase, detectives observed Garnett hand a package to an unknown male, later identified as 17-year-old Kendall Celestine, as he ran through a playground. Detectives detained Celestine and Garnett was later apprehended a few feet away without further incident. During the apprehension, Garnett was found to be in possession of marijuana and a black semi-automatic pistol. 

During the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that the  black Toyota Camry Garnett was driving was carjacked from a man on June 1, 2015, in the 5500 block of Saint Bernard Avenue. Garnett was not charged with the initial carjacking as that investigation is on-going. Detectives learned that the package Garnett handed Celestine contained cigars and marijuana. 

Garnett was booked into Central Lockup and charged with Principal to Second Degree Murder and Illegal Carrying of a Firearm, Possession of a Carjacked Vehicle, Armed Robbery and several traffic violations. 

Celestine was booked into Central Lockup and charged with Possession of Marijuana after he tried to conceal it from officers. 

Garnett’s accomplice in the murder investigation, 17-year-old James ”Ponnie” Lewis remains at large. 

The Fifth District Investigative Unit in conjunction with the Homicide Division is responsible for the investigation. Homicide Detective Andrew Waldron can be reached at 504-658-5300. 

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s).  You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at                     


Officer Frank B. Robertson, III

P.O. Box 55249, Metairie, Louisiana 70055-5249
Phone: 504.837.8477
Fax: 504.832.2571
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