Former Altan shot in head for banging on ex-girlfriend’s door

Rube woke up man across street who wielded gun


A man from Alta was gunned down in Houma, La., Monday morning.

Officers in Houma were dispatched to a call on 8000 Big Cypress St. in Houma concerning a 29-year-old murder victim lying on the sidewalk.

Ray Carlos, 58, shot James Rube, former resident of Alta, according to Houma Chief of Police Todd Duplantis. Rube was a graduate of Iowa Central Community College in criminal justice.

He left Iowa in 2005 to work on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

The incident stemmed from an altercation in which Rube woke Carlos up by banging on a neighbor’s door. The door belonged to Rube’s ex-girlfriend who lived across the street from Carlos.

“He was apparently bothered by the knocking,” Duplantis told The Storm Lake Times. “It was 3 a.m., they had a short conversation and then the shot was fired.”

Carlos walked across the street, confronted Rube and fired a single shot that hit Rube in the head, killing him instantly. Carlos called 911, told authorities what happened, and waited for police to arrive.

Rube was living in Mia Drive Gray, La., four miles from the site of the incident.

Carlos is charged with second-degree murder and is being held in the Terrebonne Parish County Jail. Bond is set at $1 million. He faces an automatic life sentence if convicted.