Man sought in deaths of wife, son

Sher­iff ’s of­fi­cials say sus­pect, who fled from fam­ily’s South L.A. home, could be danger­ous.

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - sarah.parvini@la­times.com matt.hamil­ton@la­times.com By Sarah Parvini and Matt Hamil­ton

Al­ger­non Rieux’s mother pounded on the front door of his South Los An­ge­les apart­ment early Thurs­day. Her ur­gent clamor came too late.

Rieux was due at the In­gle­wood court­house in about half an hour. Homi­cide de­tec­tives with the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment later said she wanted to make sure her 26-year-old son showed up to court.

“Jackie! Jackie!” she yelled, cry­ing out for her son’s wife, Jacqueline Mon­toya.

But Rieux opened the door, mum­bled some­thing to his mother, and handed her his 2-month-old son, Joshua.

“What did you do?” she asked her son, ac­cord­ing to neigh­bor Keyla Fox­worth, who de­scribed the baby’s body as cold, life­less and soak­ing wet. Rieux fled. Fox­worth di­aled 911 and Joshua’s grand­mother brought his body to the front stoop to begin re­sus­ci­tat­ing him.

As she hov­ered over the in­fant, she screamed, “Some­one go check on Jackie!”

Fox­worth went in­side the apart­ment, still on the phone with an emer­gency dis­patcher. Mon­toya’s body lay in bed with blan­kets pulled up to her knees.

There was no vis­i­ble blood, no bruises on her body, Fox­worth re­called. Mon­toya, with her hands folded, looked as if she could have been sleep­ing.

The dis­patcher told Fox­worth to check Mon­toya’s pulse.

“I said, ‘She’s cold,’” Fox­worth re­called.

County coro­ner’s of­fi­cials wheeled the body of Mon­toya, 25, and car­ried her in­fant son out of the apart­ment com­plex in the 11100 block of South Nor­mandie Av­enue by 5 p.m.

Sher­iff ’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­trib­uted a pho­to­graph of Rieux, de­scrib­ing him as the sus­pect wanted in the dou- ble slay­ing. They said he has ties to San Pe­dro and was pos­si­bly sui­ci­dal, high on metham­phetamine and danger­ous.

Neigh­bors at the cou­ple’s West­mont apart­ment com­plex had long known that Rieux and Mon­toya’s mar­riage was trou­bled.

“I would tell her, ‘Jackie, you need to leave him,’ ” said 30-year-old Clevette Fox­worth, the sis­ter of Keyla Fox­worth.

An­other neigh­bor re­called a night a few months ago when a preg­nant Mon­toya was walk­ing out­side at 3 a.m., her eyes swollen from cry­ing.

Rieux had kicked her out of the house so she was go­ing to sleep at the laun­dro­mat, Mon­toya told her neigh­bor, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity out of fear of re­tal­i­a­tion.

In De­cem­ber, Rieux pleaded no con­test to one count of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and was sen­tenced to a year in jail, ac­cord­ing to court records. He was re­leased April 4.

AL­GER­NON Rieux had served jail time on a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charge.

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