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Dollar Store Workers Spot Fugitive Wanted On Murder Charge And Lock Him Inside, Ending Manhunt

Employees Sallye Salter and Tiffany Cook allegedly ushered out customers, locked the doors, and called the police on Neil Broussard.

By Dorian Geiger
Dollar General Workers Apprehend Fugitive Neil Broussard

A suspected killer and fugitive wound up paying a steep price for openly shopping at a dollar store in rural Louisiana earlier this month. 

Neil Broussard, 51, was identified and trapped by a pair of clever Dollar General employees in Ragley, Louisiana on July 16 as he shopped at the chain outlet, local authorities said.

Store workers Sallye Salter and Tiffany Cook quietly escorted customers out of the store and called 911 after recognizing the man — locking Broussard inside. The suspect surrendered without incident shortly afterwards and was taken into custody, the New York Daily News reported.

Broussard is accused of murdering two teenagers and kidnapping a 14-year-old girl, the American Press reported. Hours earlier, a manhunt for Broussard had been launched after law enforcement discovered two bodies at a home in Westlake.

They were later identified as Kyla Hidalgo, 17, and Kaleb Carlton, 18. Officials haven’t released a motive in the slayings. 

“Sheriff [Mark] Herford would like to extend gratitude to the employees at Dollar General in Ragley La. for their bravery, instinctive thinking, and selflessness to themselves and to their community,” the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office wrote in a statement posted to Facebook. “Thank you Sallye Salter and Tiffany Cook, you both exemplified great character in a high pressure situation.”

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Broussard is reportedly being held on $4 million bond, according to the American Press. Broussard could face the death penalty if convicted, according to NBC affiliate KPLC

The 51-year-old has been found guilty of a number of child sex crimes between 2005 and 2011, the Daily News reported. He’s been convicted twice on numerous counts of molestation of a teenager. Broussard also had active warrants on charges of first-degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.

His wife, Tori Broussard, was charged with counts of molestation and accessory to rape earlier this month, the outlet also reported.

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