Police arrested a second man in the slayings of an elderly Baton Rouge couple whose bodies were found at a Hammond truck stop in October.
Hollywood Police arrested Frank Garcia, 48, in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday on a Baton Rouge Police arrest warrant, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
Garcia, 2434 Garfield St., Hollywood, Florida, was booked on two counts of first-degree murder while Alonso was arrested on first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree kidnapping.
McKneely would not say what information led to issuing the warrant for Garcia’s arrest, noting that the investigation is ongoing.
“Once we received the warrant (signed by the judge), though, we immediately reached out to Hollywood Police,” McKneely said.
McKneely said law enforcement knew where to find Garcia to take him into custody.
Alonso was arrested Oct. 21 at Garcia’s residence in Hollywood, Florida. At the time of Alonso’s arrest, Florida authorities recovered a large amount of cash believed to have been stolen from the Duplantiers. They also found at Garcia’s residence a white truck captured on surveillance video following the victims’ truck into the Hammond gas station.
The Duplantiers are believed to have been beaten by Alonso until they agreed to open their safe, which contained a large amount of money, at their home at 5020 Highland Road. After Alonso got the money from the safe, according to the warrant for Alonso’s arrest, he strangled the victims and took them to the Petro truck stop in Hammond, where he left their bodies.
The Duplantiers’ bodies were found bound in the back seat of their red pickup truck, which was parked in a remote area of the gas station’s parking lot, the warrant says.
Alonso was a landscaper who worked for the couple and lived in an apartment above a barn at 4950 Nicholson Drive on the Duplantiers’ property.
Alonso, who is still in Florida, where a court hearing on his extradition had been scheduled for Thursday morning, but a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office said Alonso has until Friday to file paperwork contesting his extradition.
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