A third person suspected of involvement in a double homicide in a Missoula motel two weeks ago has been arrested in Lake County, according to Missoula police.
Confederated Kootenai and Salish Tribal police and Lake County Sheriff's deputies arrested LaBenza Charlo, 18, on an outstanding warrant from Missoula County, MPD said in a Facebook post Thursday morning.
Missoula Police Sgt. and Public Information Officer Travis Welsh confirmed Charlo was arrested Wednesday night and was being extradited to Missoula Thursday morning.
Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks was unable to comment Thursday morning on the suspected nature of Charlo's involvement in the two killings, discovered by authorities around 1 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the Mountain Valley Inn.
Two suspects, 27-year-old Jonathan Whitworth and 18-year-old Preston Rossbach, have been jailed on homicide charges and held on $250,000 bond each.
Charging documents filed against them mention an unidentified woman who joined Whitworth and Rossbach as they went into a room at the motel, reportedly looking for drugs. The affidavit in Rossbach's case says he told authorities that after they found no drugs, Whitworth fired on three people in the room, killing Jason Flink and Megan McLaughlin and wounding a third man.
Last week, MPD released a statement identifying Charlo as "an additional person of interest" in the case as a result of its investigation. Charlo also has an arrest warrant for an offense that allegedly took place prior to the homicides, the release said.