Police investigating homicide on Evangeline Thruway

Lafayette, LA – At around 9:27 am Lafayette Police responded to the 2000 block of NW Evangeline Thruway in reference to a male lying in the roadway on the Frontage Road. 


Upon officer’s arrival they located a black male in the roadway unresponsive.  A passerby started CPR on the victim until medical personnel arrived and took over.  The victim was later pronounced deceased on scene.  Police later identified the victim as Charles Thomas, 60, of Lafayette.


Preliminary investigation revealed that Thomas and a unknown suspect were engaged in a fight.  The victim was struck and fell on the roadway and hit his head.


Investigators are actively working the case. Robert Wayne Thomas, 50, of Lafayette, LA was arrested and booked into Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of second degree murder. 

Police say that the victim and suspect are not related.


Lafayette Police is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact police or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.