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Woman Reminding Son To Go To Court Discovers His Murdered Family
The 26-year-old man suspected in the murders of his wife and infant son in South Los Angeles was arrested today.Authorities had been searching for Algernon Rieux after they discovered the bodies of his 25-year-old wife, Jacqueline Rieux, and two-month-old son, Joshua Rieux, Thursday morning at an apartment located on the 11100 block of S. Normandie Avenue in the Westmont area, ABC 7 reports.
Neighbors told NBC Los Angeles that Algernon's mother stopped by the family's home to make sure Algernon was making it to a court appearance for a domestic violence charge. Soon after arriving, Algernon apparently ran out with the baby in his arms and gave him to his mother. Algernon's mother tried to give Joshua CPR but was unable to resuscitate the baby, neighbors say. At that point, police had arrived around 8:12 a.m. after responding to a report that there was a baby who was not breathing, KTLA reports. They saw Algernon's mother performing CPR outside, and she told them there was someone else inside the apartment who also needed their help. That's when they discovered Jacqueline's body.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. Lt. Dave Coleman told KTLA that when Algernon's mother asked Algernon what happened, he fled.
Authorities put out a wanted posted for Algernon, describing him as "bipolar, possible suicidal and under the influence of methamphetamines." Officers from the LAPD's Harbor Division caught Rieux at 3:30 a.m. on Friday in San Pedro and took him into custody.
Jacqueline's friend Clevette Foxworth told ABC 7 that Algernon was released from prison two months ago, and has a history of domestic abuse.
Algernon was booked at 5 a.m. and his bail is set at $1.04 million.