ORANGEBURG — A man wanted in the deaths of two women last month in Orangeburg County has been arrested in Louisiana.

Authorities say 27-year-old Vicente Mendoza was arrested Wednesday near Ville Platte, La.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Corey Britt says Mendoza was sleeping when marshals and Evangeline Parish sheriff’s deputies arrived at the house trailer where they arrested him. Britt says Mendoza denied his identity at first.

Murder warrants have been issued against Mendoza in the killings of 21-year-old Hope Bowers and 37-year-old Latonia Profit, whose bodies were found in an abandoned mobile home on March 18. The families of the victims say they knew Mendoza, and one of the victims had children with him.

Orangeburg County deputies say they are pushing to have him extradited to South Carolina.