Zulu Member and NOPD Detective Killed in Houston Robbed for Gang Member Bail, Authorities Sure | Courts

The fatal and botched robbery of New Orleans Police Detective Everett Briscoe and another Zulu member while on vacation in August was caused by a jailed gang member who wanted money for bail, authorities said at a hearing in Houston this week.

New Orleans Police Detective Everett Briscoe was shot dead Saturday, August 21, 2021, while on vacation in Houston.

Anthony Jenkins’ recorded phone calls from Harris County Jail captured him asking his brother and two other men to commit one theft, then another, in order to obtain enough stolen jewelry for his $ 50,000 bail in another heist, according to court records and a KTRK-TV report from a court hearing Thursday.

Both flights took place on August 21. The second, outside the Grotto restaurant in Houston’s Galleria neighborhood, ended with the shooting of Briscoe and another Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club member, Dyrin “DJ” Riculfy, according to prosecutors.

When Houston Police Chief Troy Finner arrived at the scene of a daytime shooting last weekend that killed a New Orleans cop on leave, he …

The men were in Houston as part of a weekend for the Zulu members. They had gotten off a New Orleans bus hours before they were shot.

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Dyrin “DJ” Riculfy (via WWL-TV)

The shooting caused angst and uproar in both cities. Houston police have linked it to a larger trend of deadly thefts. The people of New Orleans mourned the loss of a veteran cop and his friend, both members of a grassroots social organization.

Jenkins, 22, has not been charged with the murder of Briscoe and Riculfy. But his almost identical name younger brother, Anthony Rayshard Jenkins Jr., is charged with capital murder, along with two other defendants.

Thursday’s hearing focused on whether Elder Jenkins should be released from prison on previous charges of engaging in criminal activity, being a felon in possession of a weapon and aggravated theft, according to court records.

In the end, Judge Colleen Gaido refused Jenkins bail of any amount. Prosecutors cited his violation of several release conditions on a previous bail, including failure to obtain an electronic ankle monitor.

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During testimony before Gaido, detectives presented a disturbing sequence of events, based in part on tapes of prison calls.

Shortly before the bloodshed at the Grotto, Anthony Rayshard Jenkins Jr. and his associates were hunting down another man who they thought was wearing an expensive watch.

During a phone call between the two brothers, jailed Jenkins told his younger brother to be aggressive with his prey. “Don’t play with him, gunpowder in his leg, be fine,” he said, according to the report from KTRK-TV, the Houston ABC affiliate.

The victim of the theft said he had just parked his vehicle when he was cornered by armed thieves who ordered him to hand over his watch and wallet.

The watch was a fake, or at least a not as expensive part that the thieves hoped to gain. So the elder Jenkins reportedly urged his brother on another phone call to try again, according to court records and testimony at the hearing.

Everett Briscoe murder site

The Grotto Ristorante in Houston is seen on Sunday, August 22, 2021, the day after New Orleans Police Detective Everett Briscoe was shot and killed. Briscoe was dining on the restaurant terrace when he was shot with another customer during an attempted robbery.

The shooting of Briscoe and Riculfy occurred within an hour, authorities said. Investigators said the men were enjoying cigars on restaurant patios when gunmen rushed to their group and demanded their belongings.

Briscoe died instantly. Riculfy, who owned his own limousine business, died days after being taken to a hospital in Houston.

Defense attorney for Anthony Jenkins did not immediately return a request for comment on Friday.

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