TOPEKA — Bond was set at $1 million Tuesday morning for each of three men from small towns in north-central Kansas who were arrested in connection with a double homicide Monday in southeast Topeka’s Hi-Crest neighborhood.

Authorities identified the two victims as Lisa R. Sportsman, 28, and Jesse Polinskey, 17, both of Topeka.

Police spokesman Lt. Andrew Beightel said Tuesday morning that the victims had been stabbed and beaten to death.

The arrested men, who were booked into the Shawnee County Jail, were identified as:

• Matthew D. Hutto, 19, of Clay Center, a town of 4,300 people in Clay County.

• Richard D. Showalter, 31, of Greenleaf, a town of 331 people in Washington County.

• Bradley D. Sportsman, 40, of Hollenberg, a town of 21 people about 7 miles south of the Nebraska state line in Washington County.

Hutto and Showalter were booked into jail in connection with two counts of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.

Bradley Sportsman was booked into jail in connection with two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Beightel said Bradley and Lisa Sportsman were estranged husband and wife.

All three men were arrested during a traffic stop around 1:30 p.m. Monday on Interstate Highway 470 near the S.W. Gage Boulevard exit in southwest Topeka, Beightel said.

The three were in a pickup truck at the time it was stopped by law enforcement officers, who blocked the roadway while the apprehension was taking place.

In the minutes after officers were called early Monday afternoon to the Girard address, and before it had been confirmed that there were two dead bodies inside the house, a bulletin went out over police radio channels for officers to be on the lookout for Bradley Sportsman in connection with the incident.

The police bulletin indicated Sportsman was possibly driving a large blue Ford pickup truck, which matched the description of the vehicle that was pulled over about an hour later on I-470.

Officers and emergency responders were sent around 12:15 p.m. Monday to a one-story home at 3451 S.E. Girard after dispatchers received a report of “unknown trouble” at the residence. Initial reports indicated there might be two dead bodies inside the residence.

Responding officers found two people who had been “gravely injured” inside the home, Beightel said.

After American Medical Response ambulance paramedics arrived, the two were pronounced dead at the scene.

More than a dozen police officers, detectives and crime scene investigators responded to the scene in the minutes after the incident was reported.

A short time after police arrived, a group of about a dozen people had gathered near a grassy area with a foot bridge just north of 3451 S.E. Girard. Several of the bystanders were visibly distraught by the situation.

Meanwhile, a number of neighborhood residents were watching as police investigated the incident and spoke with several individuals.

Neighbors said the residents of 3451 S.E. Girard had moved into the home this past week.

One woman said her mother had been outside and had seen a woman trying to “pry” open the front door of the house at 11 a.m. Monday, about an hour before police were called to the scene.