LARTO, La. -- The suspect in a triple homicide in Larto has been arrested.
Officers say Lee John Ponthieux, Jr. had been on the run for almost a day. But early Tuesday morning, they found him.
News Channel Five's Brooke Buford has the story.
Jimmy Chesser has been fishing in the quiet town of Larto for decades. But he says the peacefulness he usually feels here, was disrupted Monday, after a triple homicide rocked the town.
"That was unusual for this place," said Chesser. "I never heard of anything like that happening before."
He first heard about the crime Monday afternoon when he came to Larto for his weekly fishing trip.
"I saw the police all over the place and I knew something was going on," he said.
The Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office says it happened around 3 a.m. Monday at a house on Moody Road. They say Lee John Ponthieux, Jr. shot and killed three people - a mother, her daughter and son-in-law.
officers say he took off after committing the crime, and after a manhunt, he was taken into custody early Tuesday morning.
"We received a call last night around 12 o'clock that our suspect had possibly been spotted in the area near where the crime scene occurred," said Sheriff James Kelly. "When the deputies got out of their vehicles and while they were looking through the woods, they did find the suspect and he gave up without resisting."
The sheriff says when they arrested him, he was carrying a shotgun, which they believe was the murder weapon and describe him as "remorseful" and "exhausted." Deputies also arrested Debbie Adams, who is Ponthieux's girlfriend and also happens to be the daughter and sister of two of the victims. She's charged with obstruction of justice, but no word just yet on why or what she did.
Residents tell us they were in shock that this typically quiet town, full of families, is now questioning why.
"Everybody down here is either kin or by blood," said George Beard, a resident. "They're all living their lives here together. Just a terrible, terrible thing."
Why is now the question that the town is asking, along with deputies. It's something Jimmy Chesser says, he hopes is found out soon.
The sheriff's office says they still don't have a motive in the case. Meanwhile, Pontheiux has been charged with three counts of first degree murder.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:16:34 GMT
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