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LIGHTHOUSE POINT KILLER JAILED IN NICARAGUA

BSO Case Number:
PIO Number: 02-8-5
Date: Jan. 2, 2001
Time: 0940
Place of Occurrence: 1910 NE 28 Court, Lighthouse Point

Victim(s):

  • James G. Lentry, 57, 2/19/43, 1910 NE 28 Ct., Lighthouse Point (DECEASED)

Suspect(s):

  • Omar Louis Loureiro, 39, 8/16/62, Nicaragua

Description of Incident:

On the morning of January 2, 2001, James Lentry, 57, was found stabbed to death on the bedroom floor of his Lighthouse Point home. He had sustained numerous stab wounds and was nearly decapitated.

The investigation revealed that shortly before his death, Mr. Lentry had been accompanied by the suspect, Omar Loureiro, and other friends at a local nightclub. Both Lentry and Loureiro left the bar together at approximately 1:30 am.

According to witnesses, Loureiro felt that Lentry was threatening his relationship with a girlfriend, despite the fact that Lentry was gay.
Witnesses reported that Loureiro threatened to cut the victim’s throat by using his finger to run it across his neck, simulating cutting Lentry’s throat. Immediately after Lentry’s body was discovered Loureiro fled the state of Florida.

BSO detectives tracked Loureiro to Mexico and contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Border Patrol, advising them he was wanted for questioning in this murder. On July 25, 2002, Homicide detectives were notified by the FBI that Loureiro was taken into custody in the Central American country of Nicaragua on July 18th after shooting a woman there. While in custody, he was also identified and charged with a Western Union robbery. According to the Nicaraguan authorities, Louriero became a member of a Central American street gang that bought narcotics with the money stolen from various victims. They then transported the narcotics to Miami for distribution throughout the United States.

On July 31st, BSO Homicide detectives traveled to Nicaragua to interview Louriero. He confessed to the detectives that after leaving the nightclub both men went to Lentry’s home. After arriving at the residence, they began to have sex, but Louriero became angry. He picked up a knife and killed Lentry. Louriero stated he immediately got on a Greyhound bus and headed for California, then fled into Mexico.

BSO detectives will be meeting with the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua to arrange for the extradition of Omar Louriero back to the United States for prosecution.

Omar Louriero has a violent criminal history involving Kidnapping, Attempted Murder, Robbery, Resisting with Violence, Aggravated Battery, and various weapons charges. He currently has a no bond Violation of Probation warrant. Upon his return to Broward County, he will be charged with Murder in the first degree.

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Sgt. R. O’Neil, CI Jim Leljedal / PIO 8/3/02 1400

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