New Orleans Police have arrested four murder suspects within a 24-hour period.
The dragnet of New Orleans Police homicide detectives is being recognized for its work that's led to four murder arrests, and a fifth suspect identified within the last 24-hours.
"I can't tell you how proud I continue to be of the police department and our homicide unit and the people of New Orleans," Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.
In addition to two cold cases, cops have solved three others; including the October 19th murder of Christopher Lambert.
Lambert was shot to death.
Homicide detectives found his body inside an abandoned house in the 24-hundred block of Orleans Avenue.
20-year old Kermit Bernhart was arrested and charged Thursday with second degree murder.
"This is a case, where detectives continued to go back to the area, interview witnesses, following up on tips and they were able to identify him as a suspect," Lt. Gary Marchese said.
Dwayne Butler is charged with the shooting death of 17-year old Keith Simmons, six years ago.
In the other cold case, detectives identified Albert Reed as the trigger man in the 2004 murder of Aaron Morgan.
"Through follow-up it was determined Mr. Reed died in Houston in 2005. As far as we know it was of natural causes," Marchese said.
Police also arrested 18-year old Devante Billy in the October 19th shooting death of UNO student Valan May.
Then there's the arrest of 21-year old Chevron Smith.
He's accused of shooting 32-year old Ali Robinson at Stallings Playground last spring.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the arrests are examples of swift justice when the public partners with police.
"Great police work, community members who have said enough is enough and are willing to talk to us," Serpas said. "That tells me that they believe we care, they believe we can do something about it, and they want us to know about it."
Superintendent Serpas says last year there was an increase in Crimestoppers tips.
He expects more of an increase when the numbers are counted this year.