Suspects Arrested in New Orleans Louisiana On January 7, 2013, at approximately 1:00 p.m. a passing motorist near an Interstate 40 off-ramp in Kingman Arizona reported a small fire to Arizona authorities. After extinguishing the blaze responding firefighters discovered the body of Jason Byes, 33 years of age of Las Vegas. A joint investigation by the LVMPD Homicide Section and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office determined a friend of the victim had reported him as missing from Las Vegas that day. When the investigation indicated the victim had been killed in Las Vegas, the LVMPD Homicide Section assumed the lead role in the investigation.
Investigators determined Majunique Brown, 30 years of age and Marshan Bowden, 22 years of age, both of Las Vegas, had killed Byes in an apartment complex located in the 1800 block of Lewis Avenue near downtown Las Vegas on the night of
January 6th. Brown and Bowden then used Byes vehicle to transport his body to Kingman Arizona where they placed the body near the off-ramp and set it on fire before continuing to New Orleans. Based on this information warrants were issued for the
arrest of Brown and Bowden.
The FBI New Orleans’ Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the New Orleans Police Department, located the two suspects on January 8, 2013 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: Conspiracy to commit kidnapping, 1st
degree, Conspiracy to commit robbery, Murder, 1st degree, Kidnapping, 1st, degree, Robbery with a deadly weapon.
Additionally Bowden was charged by New Orleans authorities for possession of a stolen vehicle. Both brown and Bowden remain in New Orleans awaiting extradition to Las Vegas. Bowden’s New Orleans booking photograph accompanies this release. No booking photograph is currently available for Brown.
The investigation into this incident remains ongoing. Anyone with any information concerning this event is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 828-3521, or Crime Stoppers by phone at 385-5555 or on the internet at