3 suspects in double homicide now in custody

Three family members of one of the suspects are accused of harboring him at their residence

Natchitoches police arrest 3 suspects in double homicide

NATCHITOCHES, La. (KSLA) — The three people suspected of killing two men and wounding a woman in Natchitoches have been apprehended, police say.

3 accused of harboring 1 of 3 suspects in double homicide

Now facing two counts each of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder are 22-year-old Jaleel Javonte Tousant, 21-year-old Jessie James Petite Jr. and 17-year-old Daerieon Tyrique Latchie, all three of Natchitoches.

They are accused of fatally shooting 41-year-old Larry Batiste and 35-year-old Hiram Phillips Jr., both of Natchitoches, shortly after 10 p.m. Jan. 27 in the 900 block of Short Seventh Street.

All three are being held in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

On Sunday, Monroe police notified Natchitoches authorities that Latchie had surrendered himself to them. He was booked into the Natchitoches Parish lockup at 5:47 p.m. Monday.

About 11:01 a.m. today, Natchitoches police investigators located Tousant in the 500 block of North Street. The Natchitoches SWAT Team was notified and he was arrested without incident then booked into the Detention Center at 3:07 p.m.

Three members of homicide suspect Jaleel Javonte Tousant's family face a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder for allegedly harboring him at their residence in Natchitoches. They are 26-year-old Colin Smith (left to right), 51-year-old Catherine Tousant and 19-year-old Kanishia Tousant.
Three members of homicide suspect Jaleel Javonte Tousant's family face a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder for allegedly harboring him at their residence in Natchitoches. They are 26-year-old Colin Smith (left to right), 51-year-old Catherine Tousant and 19-year-old Kanishia Tousant. (Source: Natchitoches Police Department)

Arrested along with Tousant were three members of his family who allegedly harbored him at their residence in Natchitoches, police say. Charged with one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder are 26-year-old Colin Smith, 51-year-old Catherine Tousant and 19-year-old Kanishia Tousant.

Shortly after Jaleel Javonte Tousant was arrested, Petite surrendered at the Natchitoches Police Department. He was booked at 4:34 p.m., booking records show.

The woman who was wounded in the shooting was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in Natchitoches then transferred to a Shreveport hospital where, at last report, she was listed in severe condition.

Authorities urge anyone with any information about the homicides to call the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911.

Tips also can be relayed anonymously by:

  • using the Police Department’s free Tipsoft app;
  • sending a text to CRIMES (274637). Use NPDTIPS before typing your message; or
  • clicking on this link to submit a tip online.

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