Posts tagged ‘quadruple homicide’

‘More people on edge’

*published Sept. 12, 2010
Mobile home park residents wary in wake of slayings
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS AND CLAUDETTE OLIVIER

A week after a quadruple homicide in their neighborhood, residents at Fairview Mobile Estates expressed mixed opinions on the vibe of the park.

Donovan Fall, 25, who lives across the street from the mobile home in the Fairview Mobile Estates subdivision in which four people were slain last weekend, said, “I always saw a bunch of weird people coming and going from the trailer.” BY KAREN WINK

Donovan Fall, 25, who lives near the trailer where the four bodies of Crystal Dawn Fruge, 28, Kendrick Warren Lavergne, 29, and Terry Lynn Banks, 19, all of Lake Charles, and Jessica M. Eugene, 26, of Slidell were found on Monday, seemed a bit indifferent.

Fall said he saw Lee Roy Williams Jr., 52, who is being held on drug charges and as a person of interest in the homicides, and his truck at the trailer on a regular basis.

“He was always going around trying to get in people’s cars and steal stuff,” Fall said.

He also said there was a lot of activity at the trailer in general.

“I always saw a bunch of weird people coming and going from the trailer. My neighbors would tell me the same thing.”

Others said the homicides have caused them to be more alert and pay closer attention to their surroundings.

“I think it has more people on edge. I never would have thought something like that would happen just a few trailers down from me,” said Michael Caraway, 20.

Michael Caraway, 20, said he considered Fairview Mobile Estates at 5859 Tom Hebert Road to be “like a decent spot.” The slayings of four people, whose bodies were found last Monday, were in a mobile home “just a few trailers down” from his residence. BY KAREN WINK

Caraway said he has lived in the trailer park for about a year and had no personal knowledge of activities at the scene of the crime, but that his roommate would mention seeing Williams.

“This area always seemed like a decent spot. I don’t know about everyone else, but I never thought of it as being a bad part of town.”

Resident Megan Fontenot, 26, echoed Caraway’s statement.

“I felt safe here before this happened, but not now,” Fontenot said. “I had started to walk by myself for exercise, and I was going to ask a friend who lives here to walk with me, but not anymore.”

Fontenot, who has lived at the trailer park since the beginning of the year, said that she heard within the last three weeks that there had been several break-ins and possible drug activity at the trailer park.

“I saw the cops patrol here regularly before the murders, but even that didn’t stop what happened,” Fontenot said.

Fontenot lives several homes down from where the victims were found. She said she had never seen any of them or Williams.

“A lot of my neighbors say they are now sleeping with guns under their pillows,” Fontenot said. “My boyfriend and I are talking about getting a dog as well because they are good deterrents.”

Fontenot also hopes to add to the security of the whole mobile home park by starting a petition to have cameras installed along the streets.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if some people moved out of here, especially if they don’t install some cameras,” Fontenot said.

Fontenot and her boyfriend plan to stay, even though the neighborhood has seen a heavy increase in vehicle traffic.

“People are driving in here to look at the murder scene. It’s aggravating and disrespectful,” Fontenot said.

“There was an 80-year-old looking couple turning around in my driveway the other day, and I know they don’t live here. They just wanted to get a look.”

William Bryant, who for the last two years lived directly across the street from the crime scene — along with his wife, her two daughters and their daughter — said that most people in the trailer park keep to themselves, but he recalled seeing Williams at the residence many times.

“Everyone knew that was the go-to place in the neighborhood (for suspicious activities),” Bryant said. “I saw Williams mostly at night, and that was a dead give-away right there that he was probably up to no good.”

Bryant said he had never seen anyone else in the neighborhood talk to Williams. “He’s a big guy, and kinda scary looking,” Bryant said. “I told my wife to stay away from there.” Bryant did not know any of the victims but said he had seen the youngest victim, Terry Lynn Banks, walking in the yard and arguing with someone on the phone the week before the deaths.

“The cops haven’t told us anything about the murders, but they were there 24/7 since the bodies were discovered,” Bryant said. “They cleared out at about 5 or 6 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.”

Late last week, lawn crews mowed the yard at the home where the victims were found, and, shortly after, two Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office personnel were seen entering the home with gloves on.
The victims’ bodies were found just before 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke said that all four people were killed at about 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4.
On Tuesday, Sept. 7, Williams was identified as a “very, very, very strong person of interest.” He was listed as the owner of a Ford Explorer believed to have frequented the mobile home at Fairview Mobile Estates at 5859 Tom Hebert Road.

He was arrested in Baton Rouge on Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. near Lakeshore and Dalrymple drives after a brief standoff with LSU police and East Baton Rouge Parish deputies.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said the investigation is ongoing and would like anyone with information on the crime to call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 or sheriff’s detectives at 491-3605.

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September 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

QUADRUPLE HOMICIDE: Captured

*published Sept. 10, 2010
Person of interest nabbed in Baton Rouge after standoff
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Lee Roy Williams Jr., 52, is taken into custody Thursday afternoon in Baton Rouge after a brief standoff with LSU police and East Baton Rouge Parish deputies. BY MARTIN MCCALLISTER/THE DAILY REVEILLE

A man considered a “very, very, very strong person of interest” in a local quadruple homicide was arrested Thursday afternoon in Baton Rouge.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said 52-year-old Lee Roy Williams Jr. was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. near Lakeshore and Dalrymple drives after a brief standoff with LSU police and East Baton Rouge Parish deputies.

LSU students were notified via text message just before 3 p.m. to stay away from the area, which is just south of the campus. A second message, sent at 3:50 p.m., notified students that the man was in custody, according to the Daily Reveille newspaper.

Williams was in his blue Ford Explorer, which authorities had been searching for, and was with three people, who haven’t been identified, Mancuso said.

He said the search began Wednesday night when an Iowa police officer received information about two witnesses who encountered Williams at an Iowa hotel.

Early Thursday, a Calcasieu detective went to Baton Rouge to interview the two and learned information that helped officials determine Williams’ location.

“We called local police and within 10 minutes they called back and said they had (Williams) surrounded and they were starting negotiations,” Mancuso said.

Officers reportedly negotiated with Williams for about 15 minutes before he and the others surrendered.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office charged Williams with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer for reportedly trying to run over a detective at the scene during the standoff.

The were also assisted by Baton Rouge and state police.

Mancuso said two more detectives and two forensic investigators went to Baton Rouge to check the truck for evidence.

Calcasieu SWAT officers were also sent to Baton Rouge Thursday night to pick Williams up.

“We were also working with the district attorney and got a $5 million material witness bond, along with his possession of CDS warrant, so he’s not going anywhere,” Mancuso said.

Judge David Ritchie signed the warrant Thursday afternoon.

The victims, Crystal Dawn Fruge, 28, Kendrick Warren Lavergne, 29, and Terry Lynn Banks, 19, all of Lake Charles, and Jessica M. Eugene, 26, of Slidell, were found just before 10 a.m. Monday in a south Lake Charles mobile home.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke said all four were killed at about 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, but said he wouldn’t release a specific cause of death for the sake of the ongoing investigation.

Preliminary findings showed each victim suffered multiple injuries. Mancuso described the scene inside the trailer as “a mess.”

Blood was seen on the arm and foot areas of Tyvek suits worn by forensic specialists and coroner’s investigators as they collected evidence and the bodies on Monday and Tuesday.

Williams had lived in the trailer with Fruge and Eugene, and his truck was seen at the trailer on a regular basis, authorities said.

Mancuso said anyone who has additional information on the crime can call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 or sheriff’s detectives at 491-3605.

“No matter how minor you think it is, call it in. It could help us,” he said.

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September 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Suspect nabbed in Baton Rouge after standoff

A man considered a “very, very, very strong person of interest” in a local quadruple homicide was arrested Thursday afternoon in Baton Rouge.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said 52-year-old Lee Roy Williams Jr. was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. near Lakeshore and Dalrymple drives after a brief standoff with LSU police and East Baton Rouge Parish deputies.

LSU students were notified via text message just before 3 p.m. to stay away from the area, which is just south of the campus. A second message, sent at 3:50 p.m., notified students that the man was in custody, according to the Daily Reveille newspaper.

Williams was in his blue Ford Explorer, which authorities had been searching for, and was with three people, who haven’t been identified, Mancuso said.

He said the search began Wednesday night when an Iowa police officer received information about two witnesses who encountered Williams at an Iowa hotel.

Early Thursday, a Calcasieu detective went to Baton Rouge to interview the two and learned information that helped officials determine Williams’ location.

“We called local police and within 10 minutes they called back and said they had (Williams) surrounded and they were starting negotiations,” Mancuso said.

Officers reportedly negotiated with Williams for about 15 minutes before he and the others surrendered.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office charged Williams with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer for reportedly trying to run over a detective at the scene during the standoff.

The were also assisted by Baton Rouge and state police.

Mancuso said two more detectives and two forensic investigators went to Baton Rouge to check the truck for evidence.

“We were also working with the district attorney and got a $5 million material witness bond, along with his possession of CDS warrant, so he’s not going anywhere,” Mancuso said.

Judge David Ritchie signed the warrant Thursday afternoon.

The victims, Crystal Dawn Fruge, 28, Kendrick Warren Lavergne, 29, and Terry Lynn Banks, 19, all of Lake Charles, and Jessica M. Eugene, 26, of Slidell, were found just before 10 a.m. Monday in a south Lake Charles mobile home.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke said all four were killed at about 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, but said he wouldn’t release a specific cause of death for the sake of the ongoing investigation.

Preliminary findings showed each victim suffered multiple injuries. Mancuso described the scene inside the trailer as “a mess.”

Blood was seen on the arm and foot areas of Tyvek suits worn by forensic specialists and coroner’s investigators as they collected evidence and the bodies on Monday and Tuesday.

Williams had lived in the trailer with Fruge and Eugene, and his truck was seen at the trailer on a regular basis, authorities said.

Mancuso said anyone who has additional information on the crime can call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 or sheriff’s detectives at 491-3605.

“No matter how minor you think it is, call it in. It could help us,” he said.

September 10, 2010 at 3:15 am

Person of interest sought

Calcasieu coroner: Four were probably killed around 3 a.m. on Sept. 4.
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

On Tuesday, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso identified a person of interest in connection with the deaths of four people found in a mobile home south of Lake Charles Monday morning.

Lee Roy Williams, 52, formerly of Meridian, Miss., is being sought. He is listed as the owner of a Ford Explorer believed to have frequented the mobile home at Fairview Mobile Estates at 5859 Tom Hebert Road.

Williams is described as a black male who stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs between 350 and 400 pounds.

Mancuso said Williams was seen with the four victims the evening of Friday, Sept. 3. He lived at the trailer at some point, but was also transient. Detectives believe he had been in the Lake Area for about three months.

“He has prior arrests and convictions for involuntary manslaughter, breaking and entering in Illinois, and larceny and forgery in Mississippi,” Mancuso said.

Detectives have an unrelated arrest warrant for Williams for cocaine possession.

Mancuso wouldn’t say if there was a specific drug investigation related to Williams or any of the victims before their deaths, but said narcotics detectives were involved to help chase down leads.

“We think Williams will help us formulate a motive when we talk to him,” Mancuso said.

He said Williams is believed to have headed east, and detectives have been in touch with officers throughout Louisiana and in other states.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner Dr. Terry Welke said that all four people were killed at about 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4.

The victims, Crystal Dawn Fruge, 28, Kendrick Warren Lavergne, 29, and Terry Lynn Banks, 19, all of Lake Charles, and Jessica M. Eugene, 26, of Slidell, were found just before 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6.
Welke declined to give a specific cause of death.

Preliminary findings showed multiple injuries to each victim, and Mancuso described the scene inside the trailer as “a mess.”

Blood was seen on the arm and foot areas of Tyvek suits worn by forensic specialists and coroner’s investigators as they collected evidence and the bodies on Monday.

Mancuso said investigators finished processing the scene Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ve collected a large amount of evidence, which I think will help us,” he said.

Mancuso said detectives are still taking information from people who may know anything about the victims or Williams.

“No matter how minor you think it is, call it in. It could help us,” he said.

Residents can call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 or the sheriff’s detectives at 491-3605.

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September 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm

QUADRUPLE HOMICIDES: Bodies identified

*published Sept. 8, 2010
Each victim suffered multiple injuries
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Ory opens a vehicle on Tuesday that is parked outside the residence at 5859 Tom Hebert Road in the Fairview Mobile Estates subdivision where four bodies were discovered on Monday. BY KAREN WINK

Officials on Tuesday announced the identities of four people found dead in a south Lake Charles mobile home Monday morning.

The victims are Crystal Dawn Fruge, 28, Kendrick Warren Lavergne, 29, Terry Lynn Banks, 19, all of Lake Charles, and Jessica M. Eugene, 26, of Slidell.

Eugene is believed to have been living at the trailer at the time of the killings, said Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

An alert remains in place for a truck seen at the mobile home on a regular basis — a blue, four-door, 2000 Ford Explorer XLT with the Mississippi license plate LCE 755.

Just before 10 a.m. Monday police responded to a 911 call from the mother of one of the victims. She had gone to the trailer off Tom Hebert Road to check on her daughter, whom she had not spoken to in a few days.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office Forensic Investigation Unit continues to investigate the deaths of four people at this mobile home at 5859 Tom Hebert Road. BY KAREN WINK

When she found the trailer locked, she called another daughter to bring a spare key. After seeing a body just inside the front door, the women called police.

On Monday, Sheriff Tony Mancuso described the scene inside the trailer as “a mess” but would not elaborate. Each body was reportedly in a different part of the trailer.

During the process of collecting evidence and the bodies, blood was seen on the feet and arm areas of Tyvek suits worn by forensic specialists and Coroner’s Office investigators.

Autopsies of the bodies began Tuesday and are expected to be completed today, according to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.

No specific cause of death or slaying motive has been determined, but each body had multiple injuries, officials said.

“We have not yet ruled out if this was a murder-suicide or if the violence may have been the result of some other criminal activity,” Mancuso said.

A Google search using the victims’ names turned up social media pages for two of the victims. Myers said detectives have looked at the social media sites to learn more about the victims, as well as speaking to friends and family.

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September 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Bodies of four found

Remains of two men, two women inside mobile home
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office forensic technicians remove evidence from a mobile home off Tom Hebert Road, where the bodies of four people were found Monday morning. BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Calcasieu deputies worked until about 10 p.m. Monday trying to identify four bodies found that day in a trailer south of Lake Charles.

Officials responded to a 911 call about the bodies at Fairview Mobile Estates, 5859 Tom Hebert Road, just before 10 a.m. Monday.

“The mother of one of the victims went to the trailer to check on the daughter, but no one answered and all of the doors were locked,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Mancuso said her other daughter brought a spare key. They saw one body when they opened the door, then called 911.

“When our deputies arrived, they checked to see if anyone was alive, then contacted a detective and judge for a search warrant,” Mancuso said.

Detectives took fingerprints from the bodies — two men and two women — Monday evening in an attempt to identify them.

The CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit and the Calcasieu Parish coroner entered the home at around 12:30 p.m.

Officials with the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office line up gurneys to remove four bodies from a mobile home south of Lake Charles. BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Neighbors said the residents they believed to be a woman and child were generally quiet, but drug activity was suspected.

A neighbor who declined to give her name said she saw Calcasieu deputies patrolling that area of the mobile home park late Sunday.

Law enforcers are on the lookout for a truck they have seen at the mobile home on a regular basis — a blue, fourdoor, 2000 Ford XLT with the Mississippi Lauderdale County license plate LCE 755.

Mancuso described the scene inside the trailer as “a mess” and said the forensic specialists have a lot of evidence to recover.

“We think we know how they were killed, but I want to let the investigators sort things out,” Mancuso said.

Investigators worked until around 9:30 p.m. before deputies secured the trailer. Mancuso said they would be back on the scene this morning.

“We have not yet ruled out if this was a murder-suicide or if the violence may have been the result of some other criminal activity,” Mancuso said.

He said he also expects to have the identification of the victims by this morning.

Detectives would like anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 or the CPSO detectives division at 491-3605.

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September 7, 2010 at 3:44 pm



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