Kansas double homicide suspect captured in Hutto
The suspect in a Kansas double homicide was captured in Hutto Tuesday evening after a police chase.
According to Hutto Police Department spokesperson, the chase began in the nearby town of Taylor and ended in Hutto after an officer put out spike strips. This caused the suspect to lose control, crash into three vehicles and into Christian Brothers Automotive. No one was inside the vehicles, which were parked outside of the auto shop.
"It's crazy to think that more people didn't get caught up in that than did," said Hutto resident Robyn James who saw police fly into the auto shop parking lot. "It was scary to see. We instantly started praying and hoping if anybody right there was in their car that they would be okay."
Hutto Police said the suspect was driving fast on Highway 79 during rush hour. Assistant Chief Paul Hall said the suspect was at times driving into on-coming traffic.
"As per our policy, every unit in Hutto that was on duty at the time blocked our major intersections and stopped all traffic to divert the suspect away from the general public to keep them as safe as possible," Hall said.
Newton, Kansas police identified the suspect as Keith Lane Hawkins, 19. Hawkins is accused of strangling a 24-year old woman and stabbing her 4-year-old daughter to death. Police said Hawkins and the woman were in a relationship. According to police, he was seen driving the victim's vehicle when he arrived at a family member's residence in Taylor.
The Wichita, Kansas CBS affiliate KWCH reports the search for Hawkins began after a the mother's ex-boyfriend found the victims dead at a Newton, Kansas home Tuesday around 11 a.m.
Hawkins is being booked into the Williamson County Jail.