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Man Dies After Robbing Robbery Suspect

September 23, 1986

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A 25-year-old man was shot to death after burglarizing the home of a man he had accused of robbing him a few hours earlier, police said.

Michael Collier, 24, was booked with murder Monday following the fatal shooting of Alphonse Moore.

Moore had told police that Collier had robbed him of a chain and pendant late Sunday. Collier denied any part in the robbery, police said.

Moore and his employer, John Arguello, a 26-year-old grocer from Chalmette, spotted Collier on a New Orleans street early Monday. Collier later told police that the two men hit him in the head with a gun and forced him into the trunk of their car.

They allegedly drove Collier to his home and made him sit on the steps while they stole a stereo and camera from his house, Collier told police.

As Moore and Arguello drove off, police said, Collier got a shotgun from his house and fired at the car. Moore was hit in the head. Arguello drove him to a hospital, where he was declared brain dead.

Collier surrendered to police at his father’s home in New Orleans, police said. Arguello was booked with armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping of Collier.