Crimestoppers GNO tip leads to arrest of alleged sex offender

Prater featured on Operation Boo Dat 2019 by Crimestoppers

Jim Hanzo
November 14, 2019 - 3:50 pm

The U.S. Marshals New Orleans Task Force arrested a fugitive sex offender at a residence in the 1100 block of South Salcedo St. in New Orleans, Thursday morning.  

31-year-old Jeremiah Shawn Prater was arrested.  A handgun and small amount of white powdery substance believed to be illegal narcotics were recovered and seized during his arrest.  Two other males were also arrested at the residence.

24-year-old William Michael Blade, who was on active LA Probation for a Simple Burglary conviction, was arrested during the arrest of Prater on a LA Probation Violations warrant issued on November 07, 2019.  A stolen .223 caliber rifle was recently recovered from Blade's residence on November 05th, in the 2400 block of Josephine St. New Orleans during a LA Probation and Parole routine check.  Blade was not at the Josephine residence at that time but based on the stolen rifle being located at his residence he was in violation of his probation.

Cops also arrested 27-year-old Meltron Endeshia Hooks at the 1100 block of South Salcedo address and it was determined that he was the lessee of the residence.  Hooks was wanted by the New Orleans Police Department on a warrant for Violation of a Protection Order and several local attachments for Battery and other offenses.       

Prater had been wanted on three Orleans Parish felony warrants related to his sex offender registration and LA Probation.  He had been a fugitive since November of 2018 and featured during Operation Boo Dat 2019 by Crimestoppers GNO on local New Orleans metro area news outlets.  

Louisiana State Police obtained a felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender warrant for him in June of 2019 as his whereabouts had been unknown since November of 2018. 

Prater was convicted in Caddo Parish, in February of 2017 of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles and law enforcement records indicate that the female victim was 16 years of age with Prater being 27 years of age at the time of the offense.   Prater has a history of domestic battery as well as battery on police and resisting arrest.  He is listed by law enforcement with “violent tendencies”.

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