Suspect in murder of New Orleans tour guide entered US illegally, has criminal history

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At slightest 1 of nan 3 suspects arrested successful relationship pinch nan shooting decease of a French Quarter circuit guideline in New Orleans is an forbidden migrant pinch a criminal history connected American soil, according to migration authorities. 

The migration position of nan different 2 suspects was not instantly clear.

New Orleans constabulary arrested Joshua Bonifacio-Avila, 19, Jerben Albarec, 17, and Kevin Nunez, 15, nan time aft nan slaying of 43-year-old Kristie Thibodeaux successful her car connected St. Peter Street, nan greeting of June 30.

Nunez is accused of pulling nan trigger. And Aviala-Bonifacio, a Honduras national, is accused of entering nan state illegally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Fox News Digital.

“On May 11, 2019, U.S. Border Patrol encountered Bonifacio adjacent Hidalgo, Texas, and wished him to beryllium inadmissible into nan U.S. pursuant to nan Immigration and Nationality Act,” an ICE spokesperson said. “On aggregate occasions, Bonifacio has been arrested for theft and contributing to nan delinquency of juveniles. Since February 2024, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has booked Bonifacio for 5 section violations.”

At slightest 1 of nan 3 suspects arrested successful relationship pinch nan shooting decease of a French Quarter circuit guideline in New Orleans is an forbidden migrant pinch a criminal history connected American soil, according to migration authorities.  Getty Images/iStockphoto
The 3 were arrested for nan slaying of 43-year-old Kristie Thibodeaux successful her car connected St. Peter Street.

ICE does not person purview complete juveniles, truthful nan migration position of nan different 2 suspects was not instantly clear.

The agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division, ERO, has lodged a detainer petition for nan suspect.

The slaying took spot astir 4:30 a.m. connected June 30 arsenic portion of an equipped robbery, New Orleans police said. They arrested each 3 suspects connected July 1. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified Thibodeaux arsenic nan unfortunate connected July 2.

Jerben Albarec was 1 of nan 3 arrested.

Police were asking anyone pinch accusation connected nan lawsuit to interaction homicide detectives astatine 504-658-5300.

Nunez had an progressive apprehension warrant astatine nan clip and was wearing an ankle monitor, according to nan New Orleans-based FOX 8.

Aviala-Bonifacio besides had a criminal history, including arrests for alleged theft and contributing to nan delinquency of juveniles, according to ICE. He besides utilized nan othername Joshua Avila.

“On aggregate occasions, Bonifacio has been arrested for theft and contributing to nan delinquency of juveniles. Since February 2024, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has booked Bonifacio for 5 section violations.”

“This man should person ne'er been successful Louisiana,” Gov. Jeff Landry wrote connected X. “Enough is enough. We must adjacent our borders and support our communities safe.”

Nunez’s criminal grounds connected American ungraded included 7 counts of aggravated assault, forbidden possession of a handgun and home battery, WVUE-TV reported. Nevertheless, Chief Juvenile Court Judge Candice Bates-Anderson sentenced him to location arrest.

He allegedly violated nan position successful May but was stepping free, without real-time integer monitoring, because his ankle show had been deactivated, according to nan outlet.

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The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office could not instantly beryllium reached for remark earlier business hours Thursday. 

“With nary guardrails from OJJ and OPJC, we arsenic a metropolis person to earnestly see shutting down physics monitoring until we tin beryllium assured successful nan competence of nan administrators to behaviour existent monitoring and nan committedness of judges to guarantee existent accountability for young defendants for violations and noncompliance,” prosecutors said successful a connection to section media.

The incident reportedly attracted aggravated scrutiny upon nan city’s juvenile justness strategy and nan institution that provides ankle monitoring services.

“This man should person ne'er been successful Louisiana,” Gov. Jeff Landry wrote connected X. “Enough is enough. We must adjacent our borders and support our communities safe.” AP

Jill Dennis, of nan Assured Supervision Accountability Program, a competing contractor, told FOX 8 nan nonaccomplishment to decently show convulsive offenders for illustration Nunez “is chaotic and insane.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not instantly respond to a petition for much accusation connected nan suspects.

Thibodeaux would person turned 44 adjacent month. She is survived by her husband, her parents, 4 siblings and 8 nieces and nephews, according to an online obituary.

Thibodeaux loved dogs, motorcycling, her Jeep, her old Mustang convertible and watching nan sunset complete Lake Pontchartrain pinch her husband, Jase.

A memorial work was held Wednesday.


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