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UPDATE: Westlake double homicide suspect accused in Texas

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Posted at 10:15 AM, Jul 16, 2020

UPDATE: We've found more details about a man accused of a double homicide and a kidnapping in Westlake.

Neil Patrick Broussard, 51, was captured today. He's accused of shooting two teens, 18 and 17, to death yesterday, and of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and stealing a car. The girl was found safe a few hours later. Her mother, who also was shot during the incident, is in critical condition at a hospital.

Now, we're learning that Broussard's bail in a May 2019 indictment in Harris County was revoked yesterday. Court records there show he was free on $100,000 bond for an indictment on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a minor. In Texas, someone with a criminal record gets life in prison for that charge. Broussard is a convicted sex offender, having been found guilty of molestation of a juvenile in Louisiana in 2005 and 2011.

ABC 13 in Houston reports that the Harris County charge stems from the accusations of a 22-year-old woman who came forward to report Broussard's alleged sexual abuse of her starting when she was 12 years old and a member of his basketball team.

The victim told police the sexual abuse occurred two to three times a week for two years until she stopped the relationship on October 5, 2011 when she was 14 years old, the station reports.

To read the whole story, click here.

Earlier today, we reported that the Calcaiseu Parish Sheriff's Office says that the suspect wanted in connection to Wednesday's double homicide in Westlake has been arrested.

The CPSO has provided some details about his capture.

Deputies along with officers from assisting agencies set up a perimeter in the Ragley area, and searched for Broussard all day Wednesday, then through the night and into Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

Then, at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday, deputies got a call that Broussard walked into a Dollar General on U.S. 171 to turn himself in. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies along with Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately arrived at the store within seconds and he was taken into custody without incident, the spokeswoman said.

Video of Broussard being taken into custody above courtesy KPLC

According to KPLC, employees at the Dollar General recognized Broussard as soon as he entered the store. They quickly escorted shoppers out and locked the doors until law enforcement arrived.

"I commend them for being brave enough and strong enough, but we were so close; we got there within seconds and were able to apprehend him without any incidents," Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center with two counts first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping. His bond has been set at $4 million.

Broussard was wanted in connection with the July 15 shooting that occurred at a residence in the 2400 block of Duraso Drive.

Deputies say that two people were killed in the shooting. Those individuals were identified as 17-year-old Kyla Hidalgo and 18-year-old Kaleb T. Charlton.

A third victim, 40-year-old Catherine Hidalgo, was taken to a local hospital on Wednesday where she was listed in critical condition.

Following the shooting, Broussard allegedly kidnapped Hidalgo's 14-year-old daughter and stole her vehicle.

Deputies say that Broussard was a family acquaintance.

The 14-year-old was found safe in Beauregard Parish early on Wednesday morning.

Kyla Hidalgo and the 14-year-old who was allegedly kidnapped are the children of a Westlake firefighter, according to a GoFundMe created by his fellow firefighters at the Westlake Fire Department. Any donations will go towards funeral expenses. You can find the fundraiser here.

Read more on the double homicide, here.

Deputies say Broussard is a registered sex offender convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2005 and 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 2011. He also has an active warrant in the amount of $2 million for his arrest for 1st degree rape and molestation of a juvenile, according to the sheriff's office

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