SUS­PECT HELD IN DEATHS OF SON, WIFE

Po­lice ar­rest the man in San Pe­dro hours af­ter the bod­ies were found at the fam­ily’s South L.A. home.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Veron­ica Rocha and Sarah Parvini veron­ica.rocha @la­times.com sarah.parvini@la­times.com

A man wanted in con­nec­tion with the death of his wife and their 2-month-old son was ar­rested early Fri­day in San Pe­dro, au­thor­i­ties said

Los An­ge­les po­lice said they took Al­ger­non Rieux, 26, into cus­tody about 2 a.m., hours af­ter the bod­ies of his wife, Jacqueline Mon­toya, and son, Joshua, were found at their South Los An­ge­les apart­ment.

Po­lice said Rieux’s mother went to his apart­ment in the 11100 block of South Nor­mandie Av­enue early Thurs­day be­cause he was due in court and she wanted to make sure he showed up.

She told po­lice that she pounded on the door and that her son an­swered, mum­bled some­thing, then handed her his son.

“What did you do?” she asked, ac­cord­ing to neigh­bor Keyla Fox­worth, who de­scribed the baby’s body as cold, life­less and soak­ing wet.

Rieux f led be­fore Fox­worth di­aled 911, she said.

While Joshua’s grand­mother tried to re­sus­ci­tate the in­fant, Fox­worth went in­side the apart­ment to check on 25-year-old Mon­toya, she said. She found Mon­toya in bed with blan­kets pulled up to her knees.

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

Hours later, Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­trib­uted a pho­to­graph of Rieux, de­scrib­ing him as the sus­pect in the dou­ble slay­ing. They said he had ties to San Pe­dro and was pos­si­bly sui­ci­dal, high on metham­phetamine and danger­ous.

Neigh­bors said Rieux and Mon­toya’s mar­riage was trou­bled.

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

Months ear­lier, a neigh­bor said, a preg­nant Mon­toya was walk­ing out­side at 3 a.m. The neigh­bor, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity out of fear of re­tal­i­a­tion, re­counted that Mon­toya had said that Rieux had kicked her out of the house and that she was go­ing to sleep at the laun­dro­mat.

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 pleaded no con­test last year to one count of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

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