Man Who Murdered Two Sisters Leads Police on Multi-state Manhunt

Alvin McKnight Jr., a Texas man wanted for the alleged murder of two sisters, was apprehended by San Bernardino police on November 15. McKnight had been on the run for a week after authorities accused him of the fatal shootings that occurred nearly a month prior. The arrest was captured on police body camera footage, which was later made public, showing a tense standoff as McKnight exited a bus and was ordered to surrender by officers with their weapons drawn.

The victims, identified as Dermetrica Waters, 37, and Mandy Ray, 35, were found dead at a residence in Gilmer, Texas. McKnight was reportedly in a romantic relationship with Waters and they shared a child. The Texas Department of Public Safety had added McKnight to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List just a day before his capture.

The arrest unfolded as McKnight disembarked from a commercial bus in San Bernardino, California. He had initially boarded the bus in Abilene, Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety had offered a reward exceeding $17,000 for information leading to McKnight’s capture.

Authorities have linked McKnight to the “52 Hoover Crips gang,” according to a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety on November 14. The statement also acknowledged the collaborative efforts of the Upshur County police in Texas and the Gilmer Police Department in the investigation.

Upon learning that McKnight was on the bus, Upshur County police expressed concern for the safety of other passengers. As a result, Texas authorities coordinated with their California counterparts to execute the arrest.

In a related development, McKnight’s sister, Laquesha Monique McKnight, was also taken into custody. She is accused of aiding her brother in his escape from Texas following the alleged murders. Her bail was set at $500,000, as reported by local ABC affiliate KLTV on November 11.

McKnight did not resist arrest and is currently awaiting extradition from California to Texas, a process that could take several weeks.