September 22, 2017  |  12:28 pm

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the homicide that occurred Tuesday night (September 19) on Airport Road in the Covington area.

Thirty-seven-year-old Cesar Roy Ronaldo Rivas Castillo (DOB 12/27/1979) was taken into custody by the STPSO early this morning in the Covington area.

STPSO deputies responded to Airport Road north of Covington Tuesday night around 10:15 in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. When deputies arrived they observed one occupant in the vehicle with injuries not consistent with the crash.

An autopsy by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office revealed the victim died of a gunshot wound to the head.

STPSO investigators have been working with ICE and believe that both the victim and the suspect are undocumented immigrants.

The victim, whose identity has not been released by the Coroner’s Office, was a Hispanic male in his late 30’s. 

“Having started this case with no leads and no apparent suspects and then having it solved with an arrest in under 48 hours is a testament to the abilities and determination of the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives,” said Sheriff Randy Smith.

Cesar Roy Ronaldo Rivas Castillo (DOB 12/27/1979) was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charge:
LRS 14:30:1 Second Degree Murder