A New Orleans real estate agent was gunned down Sunday morning while delivering an all-terrain motorcycle he was selling on Facebook Marketplace.
Joseph Vindel, 29, had messaged Jalen Harvey, 20, about an off-road motorcycle he was selling for around $ 2,800, New Orleans Sheriff Joe Lopinto said during the a press conference on Monday.
But when Vindel showed up at Harvey’s apartment with the ATV in the back of his car, Harvey didn’t pay him for it. Instead, he allegedly shot him, put his body in the back seat of the car, and drove the vehicle from his home outside of New Orleans to the heart of the city. Harvey then allegedly abandoned the vehicle there and returned to his apartment on an off-road motorcycle, Lopinto said.
When Vindel did not return home that day, his family reported him missing, Lopinto said. At around 5 a.m. on Monday, they discovered his body inside his car.
Authorities traced Vindel’s murder to Harvey through their message history, Lopinto said. MPs arrived at Harvey’s apartment complex to find the all-terrain bike on the patio. They confronted him and he allegedly confessed to killing Vindel.
Vindel was a promising real estate agent who had recently obtained his license, according to WWL-4.
“He was loved by everyone and didn’t deserve it,” Vindel’s father Lindsey Vindel told the station.
Lopinto urged caution when trading on sites like Marketplace. New Orleans has seen five thefts in the past year related to users buying and selling items on Facebook.
Facebook has a list of tips for staying safe when trading on Marketplace. Recommendations include meeting in a public, well-lit area and considering bringing another adult with you when closing a sale.
Harvey has been charged with first degree murder, armed robbery and obstruction of justice. He is being held on $ 275,000 bail, according to inmate records online.
It is not known if he has a lawyer who can comment on his behalf.
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