City police said they have captured one of the men wanted in connection with Wednesday’s triple homicide at McMillan Park.
Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said 18-year-old Armonta Dquon Hadnot, of Lake Charles, was taken into custody after midnight. Two other unidentified people are also being sought in the murders.
Hadnot was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of armed robbery and six counts of armed robbery with a firearm.
He is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center without bond on the murder charges.
Police found the dark green 2001 Buick Century linked to the shooting at around 10 p.m. Thursday.
A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the vehicle on the road in the vicinity of Gieffers and Shattuck streets at 9:50 p.m..
As the officer turned his vehicle around, the Buick turned onto Gieffers Street, where Hadnot crashed into a yard before fleeing, Kraus said.
Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon said the killing of three people during a dice game robbery Wednesday night at a local park is “by far the most cold-hearted, brutal crime” he has seen in his 11 years and three months as chief.
Hadnot is believed to be one of two trigger men at the park, Dixon said Thursday at a news conference. He said police are working to identify the other shooter and the driver.
During the news conference, Dixon said Hadnot is “probably the most dangerous person in America right now.”
“He is a threat to anyone and everyone,” he said. “He’s desperate, he needs money, he needs to get away.”
Dixon said four people were shot during the robbery at McMillan Park, at the corner of Goos and Evans streets.
Twenty-year-old Jeminskian J. Arvie, 23-year-old David Jermaine Galmore and 20-year-old Fitzgerald Tremayne Guillory died, Dixon said.
He said the men were “minding their own business” playing dice, when they were robbed. He said it is unknown whether the victims knew their attackers.
While they were playing dice at about 9:30 p.m., the men were approached by gunmen and told to lie down and empty their pockets, he said. The men did as they were told, but one of the victims was shot while still on the ground, Dixon said.
The other victims then tried to get up and run, he said, and two of them were shot while trying to get away.
“What’s disturbing is the cold-blooded nature of this — to shoot somebody laying on the ground defenseless and then to shoot others as they are running, in the back,” Dixon said.
There were small children playing on a nearby playground, he said. As one of the victims ran in the direction of the playground, one of the assailants continued to fire toward him, Dixon said.
Hadnot was also wanted in connection with a shooting that happened earlier in the evening at the corner of U.S. 171 and Fitzenreiter Road.
According to Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Hadnot was the passenger in a 2001 Buick Century driven by Lon Allen Porter, 23, of Lake Charles. At about 7:45 p.m., they got into an argument with a person walking through a parking spot they were trying to pull into at a business on U.S. 171.
Video presented at Thursday’s news conference showed Hadnot leaning out the window of the Buick, firing at the other vehicle as it exited the business.
“That shows you the attitude of this person — a total disregard of human life,” Dixon said after showing the video. The parties are not believed to have known each other, he said.
Porter was arrested at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dixon said. He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.