Police arrest man over Allstate worker killing

Insurance salesman’s body found by nine-year-old playing football

Police arrest man over Allstate worker killing

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

A man suspected of killing an Allstate financial representative during a robbery incident has been arrested by Baton Rouge police.

The insurance salesman, 53-year-old Dale Sands, was reported missing on August 22, with his body discovered the next afternoon by a child.

Authorities believe Daryel Johnson, 34, shot Sands multiple times in an attempt to rob him. Johnson then allegedly threatened to kill a witness and his family if he alerted police, Baton Rouge police spokesperson Sgt. Don Coppola told The Advocate.

Coppola detailed that the witness reported hearing Johnson making a comment about moving a body while on the phone. Upon noticing that someone had overheard his conversation, Johnson allegedly threatened to kill the witness and his children.

The spokesperson also revealed that investigators identified Johnson as a suspect after they found his fingerprints on a cigar wrapper in Sands’ stolen truck. The truck was found on August 24.

Krystal Williams said that it was her nine-year-old son who found the body while playing football in their backyard.

Sands’ body was found without his wallet, phone, or keys.

Police said Sands was believed to have been shot sometime during August 22, in the Oak Villa Boulevard and Great Smokey Avenue area.

Investigators believe Sands was in the middle of work when he was shot.

“He may have been in between some kind of appointments that he may have had,” Coppola said. “We believe he was doing something [at the park], either finishing up or preparing for another appointment that he may have had.”

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