Man arrested, accused of murdering Shreveport woman

Published: Oct. 18, 2017 at 1:33 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2017 at 5:31 PM CDT
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(Source: Semmie Buffin/KSLA News 12)
(Source: Semmie Buffin/KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A man is facing murder charges for the death of a Shreveport woman.

Police say 49-year-old Randall George, of the 1800 block of Cheatum Street, was arrested and charged with the murder of 49-year-old Cherry Kato.

Caddo Correctional records show George is also charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things.

Those records show he is currently in jail with a $500,000 dollar bond on a Second Degree Murder charge and a $10,000 dollar bond on the other charge.

Just before 8:30 a.m. on September 13, Shreveport officers went to a home in the 4900 block of Durham Place to help family members contact Cherry Kato after she had failed to show up for work or answer phone calls for at least two days.

When police entered the home they located Kato's remains inside and immediately recognized that she had been the victim of foul play.

Shreveport Police now say their weeks-long investigation led them to George.

Kato's neighbors were relieved to hear about the arrest.

"Oh my God, I just want to cry," said Jessica Ward.

"We were just talking about it the other day, me and a couple of people around the neighborhood," she continued. "Everyone wanted the person caught because she didn't deserve this."

Neighbors say they didn't recognize the name or remember seeing George around the area before.

"Usually we know people in this area. We have never seen him before," said Barbara White, who owns the home Kato lived in.

"But I'm glad they caught him because this was a shock to the whole neighborhood," she continued.

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