JPSO Sheriff: Suspect in slaying arrested in Panama

October 01, 2018 - 9:44 am

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto says a slaying suspect who fled the country has been arrested in Panama.

The New Orleans Advocate reported Saturday that Lopinto says 40-year-old Saleh Omar, of Terrytown, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Officials say Omar fled the country this month following the September death of a 29-year-old man who was found suffering blunt force trauma.  Another suspect, a 17-year-old boy, also has been arrested in connection with the slaying and charged with second-degree murder.

Omar was arrested in Panama City, Panama and extradited to Miami, Florida.  He's awaiting further extradition to Jefferson Parish. It's unclear if the suspects have lawyers.

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