Murder suspect released on lowered bond rearrested after attacking relative, cutting ankle monitor, sources say

By WBOK Staff

Friday, March 4, 2022

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 20-year-old woman who was charged with murder and later released on a drastically reduced bond has been rearrested after allegedly attacking a relative and making a run for it.

Law enforcement sources tell Fox 8 Byrielle Hebert cut her ankle monitor around 2:30 a.m. on Thurs., March 3 after fighting with a relative she was staying with since posting bond. A new warrant was issued for her arrest and she was recaptured just after 4 p.m.

Hebert is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with the slaying of 63-year-old Zelda Townsend. The New Orleans grandmother was shot in the head and killed during an alleged botched car burglary in Mid City on May 8, 2019.

Hebert, Emanuel Pipkins and Alvin Robinson -- who were 18, 17, and 16 at the time -- were indicted three months later on first-degree murder and other charges by an Orleans Parish special grand jury.

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