A man wanted for killing his wife and father while a toddler was locked in a bedroom in a home in Wilson County on Friday was arrested late Saturday night in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Wilson County officials put out a warrant for the arrest of Michael Allen Joyner, 38, after sheriff’s deputies found his wife and father dead in a home southeast of Wilson and a toddler locked in a room in the home, according to the Wilson Times.
Wilson Sheriff’s Office chief of staff Wanda Samuel told the newspaper that authorities found Joyner’s car at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and that investigators thought he may have boarded a flight for Los Angeles.
A spokesman for the LAPD confirmed that officers arrested Joyner Saturday evening and he is being held without bail.
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Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office records show officers arrested Joyner just before 8 p.m. Saturday. An officer at the LAPD’s 77th Street jail said Joyner is being held without bail and will be in court Tuesday.
Deputies in Wilson County discovered the two bodies on the floor of a home at 4104 Evansdale Road after they received a call for a welfare check, according to a press release. The sheriff’s office accused Joyner of killing his father, Dennis Ray Joyner, 63, and his wife, Michelle Joyner, 38.
Deputies found the toddler locked in a bedroom when they went to check on the home just before 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Wilson Times reports paramedics and social workers evaluated the child, but the sheriff’s office did not release any more details.
The Times reports that all three adults lived in the double-wide mobile home outside of Wilson. The newspaper said Wilson County tax records list Dennis Joyner, the father, as the owner, and show he purchased the home in 2014.
LAPD arrest records show officers arrested Joyner on an out-of-state fugitive warrant at 7:50 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time Saturday and he was booked into jail without bail.
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office says they will hold a press conference Monday with more details on the case.
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