Neighbors react to double homicide in Ingham County

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INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – A man is behind bars tonight accused of killing two local women.

The sordid story starts near the Lansing Mall in Eaton County early this morning. That’s where a man showed up outside of an old girlfriend’s home and demanded to be let in.

When she refused, officials say he took off and sent her a text saying he “spared her.” 

She called police and Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies caught up with him not long after  on I-69.
 
That’s when they say he tipped them off to two killings: one in Meridian township and the other in Holt.

6 News spoke with two neighbors of the woman who lived at Huntley Villas Townhomes in Holt.

They say they’ve seen a few cop cars in the area before, but nothing ever like this.

“It could of very possibly been somebody I’ve crossed paths with here at some time, so it’s pretty frightening,” said Marc Johnson, who leaves near the Holt woman who was killed.

Johnson has lived at Huntley Villas Townhomes in Holt for just two years. He says when he found out a woman was killed early this morning, he was shocked.

“I was, you know, taken back when you a forensics van outside you know that something drastic has happened,” said Johnson.
 
Sheriff’s officials say a man from Eaton County was arrested early this morning after an old girlfriend called police.

During the arrest, he told deputies he had pictures to show them of the two women he killed. Both died from blunt force trauma.

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth says the man was planning to kill two more women.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that the suspect was on a killing spree and his quick capture probably saved many lives,” said Wriggelsworth.

Brianna Stepp goes to Holt High School and grew up in the area. Even though officials say these killings weren’t random, she says she’s now going to be more cautious.

“I have three younger brothers and they all play around here and it’s kind of scary because there’s a park right next to there, and there’s all these different kids out here and that’s just sad and very scary,” said Stepp.

Marc is just thankful that nobody else got hurt.

“Thank God the police were able to apprehend the suspect before anything else could happen,” said Johnson.

The man did know the two women, but we aren’t sure of the exact relationship yet.

6 News will know the names of the victims and the suspect very soon.

Stay with 6 News as this story develops.

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