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Double homicide suspect arrested in Texas

Post Date:08/08/2017 6:45 PM

The suspect in a double homicide in Newton on Tuesday was taken into police custody at about 5:25 p.m. in Taylor, Texas.

A warrant was issued for the 19-year-old Keith Lane Hawkins through Harvey County District Court. Law enforcement tracked Hawkins’ location to Taylor, Texas, where Hawkins has relatives.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of two of our residents,” said Newton Police Chief Eric Murphy. “The officers of the Newton Police Department worked tirelessly with the cooperation of other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the person believed to be responsible for these horrible acts.”

Newton Police began an investigation this morning into a double homicide at a residence in Roanoke Court, near the 2200 block of Roanoke Lane. The victims were 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her 4-year-old daughter, Zaylynn Paz.

An ex-boyfriend of Runyon called 911 around 11 a.m. today, reporting two deceased individuals in a duplex on Roanoke Court.

Officers found Runyon and Paz inside bedrooms in the duplex. Paz had been stabbed. Runyon had been strangled. Hawkins used Runyon’s vehicle to flee.

The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation are assisting in the investigation.

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