3 arrested, 2 at large in murder of Louisiana tourist

December 23, 2009 11:56:51 PM PST
San Francisco police are pleading for help in the case of a tourist who was lured into a trap and killed. In the past 24-hours, investigators have arrested three people for murdering Michael Bailey from Baton Rouge, but they are still looking for two others who are considered armed and dangerous.

Police are hoping the two remaining suspects turn themselves in, but they are still counting on the public to give them tips on where they might be.

Investigators say they need the public's help in finding 23-year-old Lance Molina and 21-year-old Arieal Kittles. Both are from San Francisco.

"Both members of the public and the law enforcement community should treat both subjects as armed and dangerous. They're wanted for murder, it was a very, very violent crime," said Officer Joe Engler.

The victim is Bailey, a tourist from Louisiana who was robbed, shot, and killed back in October. Police say Bailey was out with his two friends at the City Nights nightclub when they met Kittles. She told the group she lost her keys and needed a ride home. Little did they know, it was a set-up.

When they reached the Bayview District, several people ambushed the men robbing them of cash, jewelry and cell phones. Ultimately one of them shot Bailey in the head.

"He's a good Samaritan, he's a hard-working man, he's father of three, he's in school. He's out having fun visiting his friends in San Francisco. He tries to do someone a favor and in exchange for that favor he gets robbed and murdered," said Brian Buckelew, from the San Francisco District Attorney's office.

Since Tuesday, authorities have taken three other suspects into custody, including 21-year-old William Jones who they believe pulled the trigger. They've also arrested 30-year-old Kenya Moore, and a 17-year-old male, who prosecutors plan to try as an adult. For police, these latest developments come as a huge relief. This case has been one of their highest priorities.

"There've been several search warrants, several interviews, a lot of surveillance and a lot of follow ups on both productive and unproductive leads. So it took this long to a case this big, but we got it done," said Engler.

Again, 23-year-old Lance Molina and 21-year-old Kittles are suspects still at large.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, San Francisco police would like you to call their confidential tip line at: 1 (415) 575-4444


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