Authorities in Louisiana Arrest Two Suspects and are Still Searching for One in Connection with Westlake Homicide

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Published February 07, 2023

Authorities in Louisiana Arrest Two Suspects and are Still Searching for One in Connection with Westlake Homicide

Lake Charles, Louisiana – Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) has arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of Damarcus Ardoin in Westlake, Louisiana. CPSO is still searching for Justin Ned, who has been charged with first-degree murder.

On February 6, 2023, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that CPSO deputies were dispatched to a home off Westwood Road in Westlake, Louisiana in reference to suspicious circumstances on Tuesday, January 31 around midnight. When deputies arrived, they discovered Damarcus A. Ardoin, 25, dead inside the home.

On February 3, detectives issued warrants for the arrest of Justin J. Ned, 22, of DeQuincy, Louisiana and Autoria “Tori” Lachney, 22, of Lake Charles, Louisiana which were signed by Judge Tony Fazzio. Ned is charged with first-degree murder and his bond is set at $650,000. Lachney is charged with 2nd-degree murder accessory after the fact, and her bond is set at $65,000. Following further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Kevin E. Williams, Jr., 23, Eunice, Louisiana for 2nd-degree murder. His bond was set at $650,000 by Judge Tony Fazzio.

CPSO detectives located Lachney and Williams earlier today, around 11:30 a.m., at a residence on Kirkman Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana. They have both been arrested and are being held at the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Detectives are still looking for Ned. Authorities are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact the CPSO at 337-491-3605.

Authorities indicated that anyone found assisting or harboring Ned will face criminal charges.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges and arrests are possible.

Detective Barrett Savoie of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the case’s lead investigator.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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