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Suspect Arrested in NOPD Homicide Investigation

by Aaron E. Looney

February 8, 2022

Categories: On Duty

Topics: First District, Good Police Work, Homicide

Suspect Arrested in NOPD Homicide Investigation

Today (February 8, 20220, the NOPD arrested Ellis Joseph (pictured, black male, DOB: 11-30-1979) in the investigation of the homicide of 34-yearold Craig Magraff on January 19, 2022 in the 2100 block of Ursulines Avenue.

At around 1:56 a.m., NOPD First District officers responded to a call of aggravated battery by cutting at an apartment building at the location. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male suffering with multiple stab wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

On January 24, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Magraff.

Through investigation, NOPD Homicide Unit detectives developed and positively identified Joseph as the perpetrator in this incident. An arrest warrant was obtained for a charge of manslaughter.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Det. John Bakula at 504-658-5300.