Two men whom police say are “behind much of the recent gun violence” in their Central City neighborhood were arrested Sunday on charges of possessing guns stolen from Uptown homes, authorities said, but both already appear to have been released from jail.
Jeviaron Jones, 30, and Daniel Watson, 20, were both charged with illegal possession of stolen firearms, but the magistrate judge found no probable cause Monday for one count of each of those charges. Neither Jones nor Watson was listed as an inmate at the Orleans Parish Prison on Tuesday morning.
[Update:] Commander Bob Bardy of the NOPD Sixth District said that one gun charge has been dropped against each suspect, and that each has one pending. In Jones’ case, the remaining charge is the more serious possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, which carries a minimum of 10 years in prison for a conviction. Both suspects do appear to have been released on bond, Bardy said. “Believe me, this is an exceptional arrest and I am very proud of these officers,” Bardy said.
For details of their arrests, see the NOPD news release below.
Sixth District Task Force officers arrested two men with lengthy criminal records yesterday after officers watched both men take guns out of their waistbands and set them down in plain view in an Uptown neighborhood.
Officers have been focusing on the 2300-block of St. Andrew Street in recent weeks as there have been reports of shots fired and illegal drug activity in that area. Last week, a bystander in the same block was unintentionally shot. Officers did, however, make two arrests in that incident.
Yesterday, investigators were conducting surveillance on the street and watched as 30-year-old Jeviaron Jones took a semi-automatic weapon out of his waistband, and put it on a tire behind a car. Soon after, 20-year-old Daniel Watson also pulled a gun out of his waistband area, and rested it on the same tire as Jones’ gun. Several others then came around to hang out with Jones and Watson on front porches.
Officers soon approached the group and detained Jones and Watson. After running checks on both guns, it was learned that both had been reported stolen- one from a house on Magazine Street several years ago, and the other from a residence on Cherokee Street.
Jeviaron Jones was booked with Possession of a Stolen Weapon and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was previously arrested for Criminal Trespass, Felon with a Firearm, Aggravated Battery by Shooting, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Crack, Possession of Marijuana 1st and 2nd Offense, various warrants, Reckless Operation and he currently has an Outstanding Municipal Court Attachment.
Daniel Watson was arrested for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Previously, he had been arrested for Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Criminal Trespass and Resisting an Officer.
36-year-old Eugene Watson, who was mingling with the group, was also placed under arrest for outstanding warrants. Previously he had been arrested for Felon with a Firearm, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Flight from an Officer, Possession of Heroin, Auto Theft, Reckless Operation, Battery and Unauthorized Use of a Moveable.
“The arrest of these suspects is a tremendous victory for our Sixth District officers, who believe these men are behind much of the recent gun violence in this Uptown neighborhood- either as perpetrators or targets”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“This is another case where the lengthy rap sheets of suspects are cause for great concern. The impressive work of these officers will hopefully result in fitting consequences for these men who have clearly chosen to lead criminal lifestyles”, Serpas said.