Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

New Orleans street performer arrested in Florida cold case

New Orleans street performer arrested in Florida cold case

The French Quarter street performer known as Uncle Louie has been arrested in connection with a deadly convenience store robbery that occurred nearly exactly 43 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida.

Uncle Louie's real name is Johnie Lewis Miller, 60, and he is being held on an out-of-state warrant for murder, WDSU reporter Travers Mackel confirmed.

One of Miller's most recognizable performance involves him freezing mid-stride while wearing an Uncle Sam suit, appearing to walk a toy dog.

Now authorities are charging him with killing 34-year-old Freddie Farah during a botched convenience store robbery in May 1974, according to The New Orleans Advocate. Farah was working at a convenience store that he owned when he was shot to death.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had asked Project: Cold Case to spotlight Farah's slaying earlier this month.

Miller was linked to the slaying after evidence matched a profile stored in an Federal Bureau of Investigation database. Records also show that Miller refused to be voluntarily extradited to Florida during his Wednesday morning first appearance hearing in front of Orleans Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell.

Project: Cold Case lauded the arrest. "For 43 years the Farah family has been denied justice".

He was survived at the time by his wife Nadia, his mother, three daughters, a son, and three brothers.

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