Kenai Police arrest suspect in double homicide case

The arrest was made without incident

Kenai Police have arrested a suspect for the double homicide that occurred Sunday morning, according to a July 24 press release from the department.

According to the release, Masonn Byrd, 25, of Kenai was arrested Tuesday evening without incident and was charged with the murder of Rachelle Armstrong, 60, and Lisa M Rutzebeck, 39, both of Kenai. The victims are a mother and daughter. The deceased have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and next of kin have been notified.

On the morning of July 21, Rutzebeck and Armstrong were reportedly shot and killed at a residence on California Avenue. Early investigation showed that a suspect had fled the scene, and further investigation revealed “some association” between a possible suspect and the victims. At this time the investigation is still ongoing.

Byrd faces two counts of first-degree murder.

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