A Longview resident was detained on suspicion of aiding her brother in eluding capture after he was charged with the murders of two women.
Since two sisters were discovered dead on November 4 from what appeared to be gunshot wounds, authorities have been looking for Gilmer resident Alvin Charles McKnight, Jr., 41.
For allegedly impeding his capture or prosecution, Laquesha Monique McKnight, 38, of Longview, was the subject of a felony arrest warrant acquired by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, according to a statement dated Nov. 11.
According to the authorities, Laquesha McKnight is the sister of Alvin McKnight. On Saturday, police in Longview detained her. After that, she was placed under arrest and given $500,000 bail at the Upshur County Jail.
According to the announcement, detectives have discovered reason to suspect that, on the night of the killings, Laquesha McKnight assisted Alvin McKnight in escaping from the Upshur County region throughout the last week. Before requesting an arrest warrant, investigators claimed to have presented Laquesha McKnight with this evidence in the hopes that she would cooperate, but she refused.
Authorities have stated that since other people—both family members and friends—are thought to be aware of Alvin McKnight’s location, further charges may be brought against them in the future. The sheriff’s release advised these individuals not to aid Alvin McKnight in any manner, including lying to the authorities if they were questioned.
Upshur County double-homicide case
Following an exchange of gunfire along FM 705 in the El Pinon region on Monday, two individuals were injured, and two are currently being held at the San Augustine County Jail.
District Attorney Paul Robbins of San Augustine stated that at around 5 p.m. A golf cart driven by two visitors from Baytown is said to have passed Jason and Michael Simmons’ home.
Jason and Michael got into a fight with the two on the golf cart, according to Robbins. According to Robbins, one of the guests from Baytown was shot four times and needed medical attention at a hospital in Houston.
Despite Michael’s injuries, Robbins claims that he received medical attention on the spot and was later released. According to Robbins, a search warrant was executed at Michael and Jason’s residence later on Thursday, leading to their arrest.
According to reports, Michael was taken into custody on three charges of dangerous conduct, tampering with evidence, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to Robbins, Jason was taken into custody on a single charge of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, deadly conduct, and felon in possession of a handgun.
Alvin “Pookie” McKnight Jr., 41, is regarded by the Gladewater Police Department as “armed and extremely dangerous.”
A warrant for McKnight Jr.’s capital murder arrest was issued based on witness accounts from the scene, according to officials. Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter declared Ray and Waters dead and ordered autopsies for both deaths.
According to officials, McKnight and Waters were cohabiting until recently, and this case is being investigated as a possible case of domestic abuse. The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office disclosed during a news conference that McKnight is the father of Waters’ child and that the two victims were sisters.
Upshur County CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for any information that results in McKnight’s apprehension. At around 6:30 p.m., Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb stated that $10,000 was added to the incentive.
Other updates regarding the crime
McKnight is a 6-foot-5-inch, around 280-pound black man who is regarded as towering and powerful. His golden highlights stand out in his unique braided hair. McKnight’s car has been found by the police on Tenery St. in Gladewater. His mobile phone was last seen early on Sunday morning near Gay Ave., however, it is not now accessible.
Authorities believe that McKnight has connections with various relatives and friends in the Upshur County and Gladewater areas. The public is urged not to confront this potentially dangerous individual but to immediately contact their local law enforcement if they come across him. The UCSO said, “McKnight is reported to have several relatives and friends in the Upshur County and Gladewater area. Anyone seeing this person is asked to not confront this individual but to contact their local law enforcement agency.”
Following the terrible occurrence, Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter ordered autopsies for both fatalities, Dermetrica Waters and Mandy Ray. This choice is indicative of the authorities’ methodical pursuit of a thorough understanding of the events leading up to their murders. It is anticipated that the autopsy will yield important forensic information that will support law enforcement in their investigation and help the victims’ and their families’ quest for justice.
According to information released by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO), Alvin McKnight and Dermetrica Waters, the victim, were cohabiting until recently. Domestic violence is the official classification for this situation. The complex nature of the matter has become clearer thanks to the UCSO’s ongoing inquiry.
Alvin McKnight and Dermetrica Waters were living together in a domestic setting until their recent breakup, as has been disclosed. It is now being described as a troubling episode of domestic violence, given the unsettling sequence of events that transpired. This terrible event is a sobering reminder of the unseen and sometimes-spoken atrocities that may happen in household situations behind closed doors.