The body of Domingo MiJangos was found in this residence at 734 Fall Street, authorities said. (Brad Puckett/ American Press)
Herman Jason, a resident near Fall Street in Central Lake Charles, talks about the ongoing drug problems around his neighborhood. (Brad Puckett/ American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, July 02, 2012 1:41 PMAuthorities won’t confirm that the slaying of 31-year-old Domingo Elizalde MiJangos on Fall Street earlier this week was drug-related. Residents in the neighborhood, though, say illegal narcotics are a problem there. Herman Jason, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade, said he was shocked by what happened and feels terrible for MiJangos even though he did not know him. “I have been here 10 years, and that is the first time this has ever happened,” Jason said. He said drug dealing runs rampant on Fall and surrounding streets and that authorities are there often. “The police don’t ever catch them — that’s the problem,” Jason said. Those involved are too “slick” to be caught, he said. Jason said he sometimes saw MiJangos on the porch, but not often. “He didn’t look like he would do anything wrong,” Jason said. “Well, you can’t ever guess who messes with that drug and who doesn’t. The ones you think don’t mess around with them, they’re the ones messing with them.” Jason said crimes like the slaying wouldn’t happen without the presence of drugs. “That drug — they won’t ever be able to stop it, that’s for damn sure,” Jason said. Randy Vidrine, who lives across the street from the house where the slaying occurred, said he was surprised because nothing even close to that has happened in the neighborhood . “Throughout the years (crime) has come from the north end to this way,” he said. “The police can make their presence known, but this area right here has more police presence than it ever has before. I don’t know what else they can do.” Beaux Dixon, another resident on Fall Street, said the main issue is drugs, but that he was shocked the homicide happened. “Usually people just stop in the neighborhood to buy drugs,” Dixon said. “But I’ve seen this neighborhood get worse.” Fall Street is within the Police Department’s Beat 8, which ranked fourth in the level of crime among the 19 beats in 2011 with 854 reported incidents. Of the six homicides investigated last year, none happened in Beat 8. The city has seen five homicides so far this year. “Our chief agenda is to satisfy the area’s complaints of drug activity,” Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said Wednesday. “We have in the past and will continue to make drug arrests — not only in Beat 8 — but other areas that are plagued with problems.” Police Chief Donald Dixon on Wednesday declined to offer details of the investigation, saying that he didn’t “want to say anything that will jeopardize the case.” Officers haven’t made an arrest in the case, he said. Anyone with information on the shooting can call police at 491-1311.
Posted By: heart broken On: 7/2/2012
I can assure you mijangos was not involved in any drug related business. He had a good paying job and was only there picking up a dog, he was new to the area and had just met the person at that residence and felt he had made himself a friend.
Posted By: Evangelina De La Rosa On: 6/28/2012
Title: Mijandos Elizalde
Domingo was a former student of mine. He was a kind-hearted young man. Friendly, maybe to a fault. I do not buy into the notion that he was involved with drugs. Friends and family know these things. Today, they held a benefit to raise money for funeral expenses; everyone grieving the fact that his name has been smeared by those who never knew him. He was a hard worker. Tomorrow we pray for him, Saturday we bury him. That day, hopefully, we bury any bad thoughts strangers had about him.