17-year-old, 18-year-old killed in double homicide

Updated: Jul. 15, 2020 at 9:43 PM CDT
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WESTLAKE, La. (KPLC) - Authorities say two teenagers were killed, a woman was shot, and a girl was kidnapped in the 2400 block of Duraso Road in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 15.

The suspect, 51-year-old Neil Broussard, was arrested on Thursday, July 16, in Ragley following a prolonged manhunt.

Broussard is suspected of shooting and killing 17-year-old Kyla Hidalgo and 18-year-old Kaleb Charlton around 4 a.m. Wednesday, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kayla Vincent said. Kyla’s mother, Catherine Hidalgo, 40, was shot but survived and is listed in critical condition at a local hospital.

When deputies arrived, they found Catherine Hidalgo shot multiple times saying that her 14-year-old daughter had been taken by Broussard, Mancuso said.

The girl was found around daybreak in Beauregard Parish.

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call at 6:42 a.m. that the girl was found exiting the woods on Jackson-Gimnick Loop, according to information on the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. His vehicle was found in a wooded area on McFatter Road in Ragley.

Broussard was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2005 and two counts of molestation of a juvenile in 2011. He also has an active warrant in the amount of $2 million for his arrest for first-degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.

Warrants were issued in connection to the double homicide for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, and two counts of first-degree murder.

Beauregard Sheriff Mark Herford advised residents in the Ragley area to stay aware and keep their doors locked during the manhunt.

Broussard, a registered sex offender, was considered armed and dangerous.

Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Broussard has an active warrant for rape. Broussard was thought to possibly be driving a silver Ford Mustang.

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