EBRSO Arrests Two, Seeking a Third, in Sherwood Forest Homicide

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s detectives arrest two men and are seeking a third in the carjacking and robbery of one man and the murder of his roommate early yesterday morning.

Detectives responded to 4944 S. Sherwood Forest Boulevard at approximately 8:35 a.m. Monday morning in reference to a welfare check. Upon arrival, detectives found Jonathan Besson, 29, shot dead inside the apartment.

As a result of the investigation, detectives arrested Cardale Linson (11/30/94) of 8077 Elm Grove for First Degree Murder, Carjacking, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Burglary and Armed Robbery and Jamarcus Tate (4/7/92) of 5284 Clayton St. for First Degree Murder, Carjacking, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Burglary and Armed Robbery, Unauthorized Use of Access Card, Illegal Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Detectives are looking for Donte Shedran Tate (5/15/94) of 6197 Matthews St. for First Degree Murder, Carjacking, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Burglary, Illegal Use of a Weapon and Armed Robbery.

According to reports, Besson’s roommate gave D. Tate and J. Tate a ride in his vehicle early Monday morning. D. Tate and J. Tate eventually directed the man to a location in North Baton Rouge where they met Linson. The three suspects then allegedly battered, robbed and tied up the victim. They then forced him into the trunk of his vehicle. The victim managed to free himself and escape to a nearby business on River Road where he contacted the Baton Rouge Police Department in reference to the carjacking and robbery. He also contacted EBRSO out of concern for his roommate’s safety after the suspects took his residential keys and apartment complex gate access key. Deputies responded to his apartment and located his roommate deceased inside.

During the course of the investigation, detectives located the victim’s vehicle Monday evening in the 1500 block of North Foster Drive. The stolen vehicle was occupied by Linson and J. Tate. Both were taken into custody after fleeing from the vehicle. Linson and J. Tate admitted their involvement in the carjacking and homicide, but identified D. Tate as the shooter.

Both were booked into parish prison on the above listed charges.

Anyone with information concerning this incident or the whereabouts of Donte Tate is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 344-STOP.