Thursday, January 10, 2019




Louisiana murder suspect captured locally



MIDDLETOWN – A man wanted for murder in New Iberia, Louisiana was apprehended along with his companion in Mount Hope shortly after mid-day Wednesday.

Kristan Broussard, 33, and Ursula Bourque, 30, were spotted in the Montgomery area on Tuesday and on Wednesday they were located in Mount Hope.

State Police Captain Brian Shortall they received information from the New York Intelligence Center on Tuesday that the New Jersey State Police believed the pair was in the Montgomery area. Local hotels, motels and businesses were search with negative results.

Shortall said during the investigation, it was learned that a livery car service from New York City had transported a man and woman fitting their descriptions to a residence in the City of Middletown. That home was searched by Middletown City Police, state troopers and the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.

At about 12:40 on Wednesday afternoon, two Mount Hope police officers spotted them looking at cars. The officers interviewed them, said Police Chief Paul Rickard.

One officer returned to the station. The other followed the couple as they went into Pizza Mania on Route 211. Once the officer who returned to headquarters checked a State Police bulletin and confirmed it was them, he went back to the pizzeria and the two officers took the suspects into custody.

Law enforcement revealed details during a news conference Wednesday afternoon

The couple had apparently walked from Middletown to Mount Hope. Rickard speculated that they might have been looking to steal a vehicle.

A loaded .380 caliber automatic pistol was recovered from Broussard. He will be charged as a fugitive from justice from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana as well as criminal possession of a firearm.

Broussard allegedly shot and killed Richard Southern, 38, during an argument last Friday night, January 4 in Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Bourque will be charged as a parole violator and as a fugitive from justice for fleeing from the jurisdiction of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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