Crimestoppers Tip Leads to Identification of Gentilly Murder Suspect

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September 18 2014 | Breaking News

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Two days after releasing surveillance photos to the public of an unknown suspect wanted for murder in Gentilly, today, detectives have been able to identify the suspect based on an anonymous tip through Crimestoppers. The NOPD believes 22-year-old Joseph Smooth, Jr. is the man seen in the surveillance pictures below and is responsible for the murder of 31-year-old Chad Forest.

On September 1, 2014, shortly after 8:00 a.m., in the 2600 block of Dreux Avenue, officers responded to a call of shots fired and located Forest suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Forest was pronounced dead on the scene.

Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Smooth for Second Degree Murder and requesting the public’s assistance in locating Smooth.

Photos of Smooth are below.

Homicide Detective Amy Robinson is in charge of the investigation.

Citizens with information that can help solve these crimes 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 to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at


Officer Hilal B. Williams

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