Sherwood Forest Crime District hopes to help BRPD solve murder case

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Investigators are still looking for answers as to what happened to 57-year-old Janessa Hartley. BRPD said Hartley was shot while dropping off a friend in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood Tuesday night.

The neighborhood has one of only 33 crime districts in the state. That means Sherwood Forest has off-duty BRPD officers patroling the neighborhood. There are also block captains tasked with keeping an eye on their area of the neighborhood.

“We reached out to our block watch captains and asked them to find all the cameras in residential homes in that quadrant of Sherwood Forest during a particular time period,” Sherwood Forest Crime District Chair Gary Patureau said.

The home surveillance video could help BRPD in the investigation. Sgt. Don Coppola said the department is asking anyone who has surveillance video in the Sherwood Forest area from Tuesday night to send it to the department.

“Our investigators are following up on those active tips. We want to remind our residents, no matter how minor you think it is, that could be the one thing investigators are looking for,” Coppola said.

Pretty soon, there will be more camera footage in that neighborhood. Sherwood Forest is the pilot neighborhood to partner with the BRPD Real Time Crime Center. There will soon be cameras and license plate readers in all 19 entrances to the largest neighborhood in the parish.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

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