Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 | 3:52 p.m.
A man and woman wanted in connection with a Las Vegas murder investigation were arrested Tuesday in New Orleans and are awaiting extradition to Las Vegas, Metro Police reported Friday.
Authorities allege that Las Vegas residents Majunique Brown, 30, and Marshan Bowden, 22, killed Jason Byes, 33, on Sunday at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Lewis Avenue.
On Monday, a motorist passing an Interstate 40 off-ramp in Kingman, Ariz. reported a small fire. Firefighters responding to the report discovered a body had been set ablaze on the roadside, and an investigation revealed that the victim was Byes. Byes was a Las Vegas resident.
Metro Police and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona jointly investigated the murder, and Metro Police took the lead role once it was determined a friend of Byes had reported him as missing from Las Vegas and the investigation indicated he had been killed in Las Vegas.
Brown and Bowden stole Byes' vehicle and used it to transport his body to Kingman, according to the Metro Police report. There, they placed his body near the off-ramp, set it on fire and continued to New Orleans.
The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force in New Orleans, along with the New Orleans Police Department, located the two suspects on Tuesday. Bowden was arrested during a traffic stop and Brown was taken into custody at a nearby residence. Both arrests were made without incident.
Both Brown and Bowden have been charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a deadly weapon.
The Metro Police report did not include any details as to the motive of the suspects or how Brown and Bowden were tied to the crime.
Police urge anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact Metro Police Homicide at (702) 828-3521, or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or www.crimestoppersofnv.com.