LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles Police Department arrested the man they believe is responsible for Wednesday night's triple homicide near a park just north of Lake Charles.
Police arrested 18-year-old Armonta Hadnot around 12:30 a.m. on Friday.
Hadnot was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with:
- Three counts of first-degree murder without a bond.
- Three counts of attempted first-degree murder with $200,000 for each count.
- Six counts of armed robbery at $50,000 for each count.
- Six counts of armed robbery with a firearm at $75,000 for each count.
LCPD believes Hadnot is responsible for the deaths of 20-year-old Jeminskian Arvie, 23-year-old David Galmore and 20-year-old Fitzgerald Guillory. All three were shot and killed near McMillan Park in Lake Charles.
A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputy noticed the car identified with Hadnot, called for a traffic stop, but Hadnot kept driving. Eventually Hadnot wrecked into a parked vehicle and escaped on foot.
"A search was conducted, Mr. Hadnot was observed on foot by one of our K-9 officers. The K-9 officer followed Mr. Hadnot along with his K-9 partner, his dog, ordered to put his hands over his head and he did so. He complied and was put under arrest," said Corporal Larry Moss with LCPD.
This made two arrests for the crime: Hadnot, the primary suspect, and 23-year-old Lon Porter, the driver of the vehicle Hadnot was seen in. Porter was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon. But the investigation is still ongoing.
"It is still an active investigation and will be until the subjects are captured and charged," Moss said.
Police are searching for a third person involved.
"In reference to the shooting on McMillan Park, there are other suspects involved. That's still under investigation. Unfortunately, I don't have any other information for you on that. At this point, it's still being heavily investigated," Moss said.
And it won't stop until some answers are brought to the table.
"Obviously, this is a very, very tragic and traumatic event. So many lives touched by the acts of just a few individuals. We saw that at the scene. There were lots of folks out there in support of the victims and we appreciate the help that we did get from the community, very readily available witness statements that were given to help us locate this individual," he said.
KPLC will keep on top of the case as more answers become available.