Aug 24, 2011 6:55 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Bizarre Murder in Lafayette Leaves Residents Stunned

Police said they dropped off a man at a hospital for a mental evaluation. A few hours later neighbors said he was back home and allegedly killed his girlfriend. It happened on North Meyers Drive in Lafayette Tuesday night.

Residents said they think the suspect has mental issues, but never thought 31 year-old Douglas Johnson was murderer.

Neighbors describe Sadaria Rubin as friendly and quite. She'd been living at 221 North Meyers Drive for four years with her boyfriend Douglas Johnson, but her neighbors said recently Johnson has been drawing a lot of negative attention.

Brandon Laborde lives in the same building as Johnson. He said Johnson has been acting strange for a few weeks.

He explained, "out here in the early morning hours running, hopping on the road and stuff doing exercise and crazy stuff."

Police said Johnson killed Rubin in their apartment and then called 9-1-1 to report it. Neighbors said they didn't hear a thing.

" I just saw cop lights in the windows and everything and I saw police with their guns," Laborde explained.

Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department said, "the suspect was standing outside the scene and the female appeared to have died from blunt trauma to the head area."

Neighbors said Johnson was particularly on edge Tuesday. Residents said he broke into the apartment above him earlier in the day.

Mouton said, "about 9:40 in the morning we received a call from the suspect at that address saying he had heard sounds from an apartment above."

Police investigated but nothing seemed out of the ordinary except for Johnson's behavior, so police took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Neighbors said two hours later he was back home.

A spokesperson with University Medical Center said they can't comment about the case because of patient privacy issues.



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