Law Enforcement in New Orleans have arrested two teens for the alleged “execution-style murders” of a local father and son, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand stated on Sunday. Deputies and Marshalls from the U.S. Marshall Service captured Dexter Allen, 17 and Haraquon Degruy, 18, in a stolen SUV traced to the scene of the Metairie area killings of David Pence, 56, and his son Nicholas Pence, 25.
Investigators are now saying they believe Allen shot the father three times and his son twice, after breaking into their home through an unlocked door, in what appears to be a “robbery attempt gone bad”.
Degruy implicated her alleged male accomplice as the gunman who shot the father and son as they continued with their little spree of car robberies in the peaceful residential area of the city that borders Lake Pontchartrain.
Firefighters and First Responders found the father and son dead in a side garage that was set-up as their “mancave”, where friends of the son state they were present just moments before the shooting. Investigators are uncertain as to whether the elder Pence was even awake at the time he was executed.
Allen will face two counts of first-degree murder and Degruy has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of murder and one count of vehicle burglary in connection with the incident. Investigators are still digging into the case, hoping to understand the motives and circumstances surrounding the senseless homicides.
“Neither one of them have any significant criminal history — one just reached 18 and the other is still 17,” Normand said in a video of the briefing posted by the Advocate. “After all the work that’s been done, we still don’t have really the answer to why.”
It is unclear to officials as to whether this incident is related to the “racial” tensions our country has seen over the last few years, but with as little mainstream coverage this horrifying event is receiving, one begins to wonder if there is a reason why it’s not newsworthy enough to make the national headlines.