LAKE ELSINORE (CBSLA) — A man suspected of murdering his girlfriend and then abducting the couple’s two-year-old son in Lake Elsinore, prompting an Amber Alert, was captured Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. The boy was also found safe.
Forty-two-year-old Celestine John Stoot Jr. is suspected of killing his girlfriend, 43-year-old Natasha Denise Barlow of San Jacinto, and abducting their toddler son, Celestine Stoot III, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.READ MORE: Spirit Airlines’ Massive Flight Cancellation Debacle Enters Fourth Day
Stoot Jr. was taken into custody Tuesday in Las Vegas and Stoot III was found safe sometime before 6 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the situation began at about 4 p.m. Monday, when deputies were called to a home in the 17000 block of Hayes Avenue in Lakeland Village, where they found Barlow dead from gunshot wounds.
They later identified Barlow’s boyfriend, Stoot Jr., as the suspect, and learned that he had fled with Celestine, prompting California Highway Patrol to issue an Amber Alert.READ MORE: 3 Killed, 2 Injured In Fiery Wreck In Burbank; Street Racing May Be To Blame
“We don’t know what this man is capable of, if he would kill the mother of his child in front of his child, he is capable of anything,” Lakeisha Barlow, the victim’s sister, told CBSLA Tuesday.
Barlow was a mother to eight children, her family said.
The circumstances that lead up to the killing are unclear. There’s no word on how authorities tracked Stoot Jr. to Las Vegas.MORE NEWS: Man Shot To Death By Azusa Police In Glendora
Stoot Jr. is being held in a Clark County jail. He is scheduled to have a fugitive hearing on Thursday.