PAPD Chief on murder arrest: “cooperative effort with all of the agencies”

Published 2:34 pm Sunday, May 24, 2020

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A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of a Port Arthur man wanted in connection with the April shooting death of Jaylon Howard, 26.

Howard was killed when several people wearing masks and armed with guns forced their way into an apartment at Valley View Estates at 10:22 p.m. April 15. Local police believe the fatal shooting happened during a robbery.

Jovan Neveaux, 20, was arrested Saturday in Opelousas, La. by police there who were working along with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Neveaux was taken into custody at a home in the 1100 block of West Grolee Street, according to information from the Opelousas Police Department.

During the arrest of Neveaux, officers said they located 2,031 ecstasy pills that belonged to Neveaux.

Neveaux is being held in the St. Landry Parish Jail on the homicide warrant until an extradition hearing can be held.

Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso said he does not know when the hearing will take place.

Chante Grogan, 18, of Port Arthur, was also arrested for her part in helping Neveaux avoid arrest. Grogan was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail for accessory after the fact to a homicide.

Duriso said there are more suspects in the case.

“This was a great cooperative effort with all of the agencies and shows if you commit a crime in Port Arthur city, it doesn’t mean we and other agencies won’t pursue you,” Duriso said.

Duriso also commended the Sheriff’s Office, saying law enforcement doesn’t take weekends off.

The partnership between the agencies works well and allows Port Arthur detectives to continuously work on cases.