For months, it was the news that the family, friends and customers of Betsy McDaniel waited for: Someone had been arrested in her murder.
On Thursday about 10:30 a.m., Bryant Boudoin, 27, was apprehended at his Algiers home by New Orleans police, Jefferson Parish deputies and federal marshals, culminating an investigation that began when McDaniel was beaten early Memorial Day morning.
The owner of the popular Betsy's Pancake House in Mid-City died May 28 of her injuries, sparking an outpouring of grief and a fundraising effort that offered a $20,000 reward for the capture of her killer.
"We're in tears but we are so happy and we are so grateful for every prayer and every hour spent finding this person, " said Jeanette Michaelson, a waitress at the restaurant, where patrons were in a jubilant mood after learning of the arrest around lunchtime. "Her spirit's here, but we miss her."