Who is Jalen Harvey?
Jalen Harvey is identified as the suspect who allegedly shot dead 29-year-old New Orleans realtor Joseph Vindel in the back seat of his car after he arranged to sell his dirt bike to Harvey on Facebook Marketplace. Vindel died Sunday after leaving his home in New Orleans
He was traveling to the town of Harvey, Jefferson Parish, to meet up with prospective buyer Jalen Harvey.
How old is Jalen Harvey?
Jalen Harvey is 20 years old.
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Vindel, who his family said was excited about his new career in real estate, vanished and was never seen alive again. Harvey allegedly shot and killed Vindel in his car before driving and abandoning the car with the victim’s body inside and making off with the dirt bike.
Harvey was arrested Monday morning on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and obstruction of justice.
The tragedy unfolded after Vindel listed his red Honda dirt bike for sale for $2,700 on Facebook Marketplace.
On June 2nd 2020 Joseph Vindel, 29 posted a black square on his Instagram in support of #BLM.
On March 7th 2021 he was murdered by Jalen Harvey, 20 over a dirt bike he was trying to sell on Facebook for $2,700. pic.twitter.com/54vRAb1FjJ
— I,Hypocrite (@lporiginalg) March 9, 2021
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Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said at a press conference Monday that Vindel set off around 10 a.m. Sunday to meet up with Harvey at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Manhattan Boulevard.
‘Mr. Vindel never returned from that transaction,’ the sheriff said.
Harvey allegedly shot Vindel multiple times, killing him while he was sitting inside his SUV.
The suspect then allegedly drove with his victim’s body in the car to Coliseum Street in the Garden District in New Orleans. There, Harvey abandoned the car leaving his victim’s body on the back seat, authorities said.
The suspect then allegedly drove the dirt bike, which had been on a trailer attached to the vehicle, back to his apartment complex in Harvey. Investigators found text messages arranging the bike sale between Harvey and Vindel which led them to the Manhattan Boulevard address where the suspect was located.
The dirt bike was found on the outside patio of Harvey’s apartment and the gun used in the slaying was recovered inside the building, authorities said.
Jalen Harvey Arrested
Harvey was arrested Monday morning in connection to Vindel’s killing. Lopinto, the sheriff, said Harvey admitted during questioning that he shot Vindel dead before dumping his body in his car.
The sheriff said investigators were still looking into whether or not Harvey had planned the shooting in advance of meeting Vindel.
The sheriff slammed the loss of life over a dirt bike: ‘I don’t care what it is, I mean a $2,800 dollar dirt bike its not anything anybody should be shot over.’
Harvey had no prior convictions but had previous arrests including for burglary of an inhabited dwelling and illegal carrying of a firearm, the sheriff confirmed.