Jamar Armstrong, 19, and Jonathan Joseph, 20, were arrested last week in the death of Juan Yacabalquiej, who was fatally shot at a home in the 3000 block of Danneel Street in what investigators deemed a robbery attempt that went awry.
Detectives had said that the circumstances surrounding Yacabalquiej’s death showed similarities to a July 12 robbery in the 1900 block of Louisiana Avenue, just around the corner. In that case, the victim was approached by someone trying to sell him something, and when he refused, he was robbed, police have said.
Armstrong and Joseph have now been charged with armed robbery in that case as well, NOPD Sgt. Daniel Scanlan reported Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the Sixth District’s ranking officers.
In an unrelated robbery investigation, two more men have been charged in the robbery of Nemo’s Car Wash on Claiborne Avenue in June 2012 that led to an officer shooting one fleeing suspect after a car chase. After Monyea Greer and Charles Tucker, both 22, were identified by investigators in November, Greer was arrested in June 2013 and Tucker was arrested last week on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping, reports Helen Freund of The Times-Picayune. Brandon Collins — who fled from the scene and was captured the night of the robbery after being shot by a responding officer — has already “guilty to a single count of simple robbery and was sentenced to seven years in prison,” Freund reports.