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Miss. murder suspect caught

Albert McDonald was on the run for nearly five days before being captured late Wednesday night.

"The real threat is over," says New Albany, Miss., investigator James Wildman.

McDonald was wanted for shooting three people last Saturday in New Albany. Police say he then killed an elderly couple inside their house before stealing their car.

McDonald hit the road, was spotted in Illinois and Michigan, but apparently decided to turn around.

"Coming back south for some reason, I don't know," says Wildman.

According to police, McDonald claimed to be a hurricane evacuee in order to get help at a rest stop near the town of Hayti, Missouri. Police say a Missouri Department of Transportation employee bought McDonald's story, took him to his house, and let him use the phone. The gig was up when McDonald called his sister in Mississippi.

"We was able to obtain phone records and trace it back to Hayti," says Wildman.

After getting word McDonald was still there, city, county, and state police headed for the rest stop.

"And located the vehicle New Albany had told us about, and located Mr. McDonald in the vehicle, and he was taken into custody without incident," says Pemiscot County MO Sheriff Tommy Greenwell.

"Nobody else got hurt and he's in custody," adds Wildman.

McDonald is back in Mississippi by now. He's charged with, among other things, two counts of Capital Murder.

The man who allowed McDonald into his home to use the phone was not talking Thursday. While he did help catch a suspected killer, police say it's never a good idea to open your door to a stranger.

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