Man captured in Westlake Wednesday was wanted as accessory after-the-fact in Topsy killing

Man captured in Westlake Wednesday was wanted as accessory after-the-fact in Topsy killing

WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - The man who ran from authorities in Westlake Wednesday night was wanted on a warrant of accessory after-the-fact to first-degree murder in Jeff Davis Parish.

Justin D. Benoit, 32, of Lake Charles, was wanted in connection with the August killing of 33-year-old Devin Marc Sanders on Ieyoub Road in Topsy.

David Wade Clark, 28, is accused of killing Sanders.

Benoit was also booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on counts of sexual battery, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, possession of stolen things from $25,000 or more and Resisting an Officer. He was also arrested on warrants for possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated numbers and direct contempt of court.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kim Myers said that deputies were called to a residence of a female acquaintance of Benoit’s Wednesday because he had arrived in a stolen car and refused to leave. Myers said Benoit fled on foot into a nearby wooded area when deputies arrived.

Myers said deputies learned that Benoit had forced his way into the residence and sexually battered the homeowner.

CPSO Enforcement Division, ACT Team, K-9 Division, Detective Division; and Lake Charles City Police SWAT Team were deployed to the wooded area. Benoit was surrounded, and several hours later surrendered without additional incident.

Detective Travis Mier is the lead investigator.

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