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Homicide suspect arrested

on September 19, 2012

Richmond police arrested a suspect Tuesday night in the shooting death of Isaiah Thomas last week.

Jafari Sargent, a 30-year-old Richmond resident, turned himself in around 8 p.m. at the Richmond Police Department, Detective Nicole Abetkov said.

Sargent and Thomas were cousins, Abetkov said. Eyewitnesses described the shooting, which resulted from an escalating argument between the two of them, Abetkov said. The witnesses identified Sargent to the police, who then put a warrant out for his arrest, Abetkov said.

“Having people that came forward and were able to identify him definitely helped the case out,” Abetkov said.

Thomas, a 27-year-old Richmond resident, was shot and killed on the 600 block of 17th street, near the Iron Triangle, late on Sept. 12. It was the 14th homicide in Richmond this year.

[Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect RPD numbers that report a total of 14 homicides so far this year. A coroner’s report for a victim who died in August revealed that her death was not directly caused by a sexual assault earlier in the year, Detective Nicole Abetkov said, and so police have decided to not classify her death as a homicide.]


  1. Wanda Thomas-Williams on September 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I shall miss my little cousin dearly. I’m sorry for such a senseless tradgedy to happen to such a sweet person . We want get to see you here in Louisiana,but we’ll see you someday in heaven. We love our family dearly. Gail Thomas-Williams and Sons

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