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A teenager joins two men behind bars in connection with the death of a pawn shop clerk

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Source SPD Tarsa Cooley and Jared Hullaby charged with 1st degree murder Source SPD Tarsa Cooley and Jared Hullaby charged with 1st degree murder
Matthew Robert killed Friday afternoon Matthew Robert killed Friday afternoon

By Tania Francois email | bio

Shreveport, LA (KSLA): Police have now arrested a teenager in connection with the murder of 30-year-old Matthew Robert last Friday. Police say he fired shots at the pawn shop after the murder of Matthew Robert as well as took part in the planning and execution of the crime.

The 15 year old was taken into custody last night and is currently at the juvenile detention center where he is being held on first degree murder charges.

From 6/16/08
Shreveport, LA (KSLA) UPDATE: Police have arrested two men involved in the afternoon crime spree that ended in murder last Friday.

Tarsa Cooley, 21 and Jarred Hullaby, 30 have both been arrested and charged with first degree murder.  Police believe Cooley is the man who went inside Max's Pawn Shop and shot and killed 30-year-old Matthew Robert.

Robert recently moved to Shreveport from Gulf Port, MS and had only worked at the pawn shop for about four months. His mother, Jennifer Compher, says he was loved by everyone and knew how to have a good time. She says Robert had lots of friends and loved to play video games and read books.

Craig Toys who runs Max's Pawn Shop says the whole thing happened in less than 30 seconds. Toys says Robert barely had time to react before Cooley pulled the trigger. He says there surveillance system captured the entire shooting. He says police were on the scene in less than 3 minutes. Toys says he is very proud of the support from the community as well as the police department in being able to quickly make an arrest. 

Police say Hullaby was an accomplice who went along for the ride.

The say Cooley is also the man in the surveillance pictures taken at the Family Dollar.

A memorial service for Matthew Robert will be held Saturday, June 21st at the All Saints Unitarian Universalist Church on Ellerbee Road.

From 6/13/08
Shreveport, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police are looking for two men they say went on an afternoon crime spree which in the end left one man dead.

Police say it started just after 2 pm Friday afternoon when a man walked into the Family Dollar along Kings Highway, asked for cash and left empty handed. But before leaving the parking lot, they say he stole a woman's purse at gun point. They say the man fired shots from the parking lot, but no one was hurt.

Then police say the man, along with his accomplice, moved to Youree Drive and Carroll street where they say the same pair carjacked a 2006 Cadillac STS from a gas station. That car would later be involved in the robbery of Max's Pawn Shop located on Linwood Avenue just off of Joann Street.


They say that is where the crime spree turned deadly. They say the man walked into the pawn shop, asked for cash took it and then fatally shot the clerk. Captain Calvin Abrams says, "The clerk was handing him the money and for no reason he just shot the clerk in the chest." Police say the men took off firing several shots in the air and then later ditched the Cadillac just down the street from the pawn shop along 76th street and Linwood. They say the engine was still running.

Shreveport police used K9 to try and track the men down but were unsuccessful. Tonight they are pleading with the public asking for tips from anyone who may recognize or know them. Jim Taliaferro with Shreveport's Crimestoppers unit says, "the suspect or suspects are very dangerous to society. They have no regard for human life whatsoever."

If you recognize the men you are asked to call crimestoppers anonymously at 673-7373.

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