Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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INDEPENDENCE, La. -- The manhunt has ended for a suspect wanted for murder in St. Charles Parish.

Bruce Bourgeois Jr., who was wanted for murdering his girlfriend and stabbing her mother, was arrested in Independence, La. Thursday evening in Tangipahoa Parish, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, according to the sheriff's office, Bourgeois killed his girlfriend and then stabbed her mother who happened to stop by the home in the 300 block of Madewood Drive in Destrehan.

Thursday, detectives were back out at the home on Madewood Drive investigating the brutal death of Mai Waite, 35.

Deputies say her boyfriend, Bruce Bourgeois, 34, stabbed her to death in the bathroom of the couple's home. During the attack, he also critically wounded Waite's mother, Carmelina Waite.

'For something like that to happen it's very devastating,' said a nearby resident Stephanie Jonkers. 'It's very upsetting and I know she got to be very upset.'

It's been a tense 36 hours in St. Charles Parish. Law enforcement thought Bourgeois fled the home in a Toyota Scion, but deputies did not have much else to go on.

'We don't know if he has actually left the state or not, we just know we want to bring him in and question him about this particular incident,' said Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

Residents like Jonkers have been on edge with Bourgeois on the loose and say they are relieved knowing he is finally behind bars.

'It just blows my mind that somebody could be so heartless to do something like that to somebody, especially a mom,' said Jonkers.

According to Sheriff Greg Champagne, around 7:13 p.m. Thursday, Bourgeois was seen by a citizen at a Dollar General in Independence, Louisiana attempting to by clothing. The citizen called the local Sheriff's Office at which time Bourgeois was arrested without incident. He was later transported to the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center where he is being held with no bond.

Bourgeois, arrested Thursday for first-degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and armed robbery, is no stranger to the law. Heis currently on parole and has a lengthy criminal history. He has been in and out of jail in both Orleans Parish and St. Charles Parish for arrests ranging from drug possession, armed robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Bourgeois comes from a wealthy family, who own and operate several businesses in St. Rose, including a driving range and a drug rehabilitation center his mother opened after trying to help Bourgeois over come his own drug addiction.

Still, friends, family and neighbors were shocked when they learned what happened.

'I think about her and all those other moms and parents that have kids and you know it's just worrysome and it's shocking,' said Jonkers.

Deputes moved Waite's family to a secure location since the search for Bourgeois first began.

Bourgeois will be booked at a St. Charles Parish jail for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

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