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A man accused of participating in a “vicious” murder-for-hire of a Minnesota realtor and mother, was apprehended in Illinois, after months on the run.
Berry Davis, 41, was arrested on May 1 and is currently in custody at a Cook County detention facility, jail records show. He’s accused in the murder of Monique Baugh, who turned up dead in a Minneapolis alley hours before the new year.
“Make no doubt about it, leaving Minnesota does not mean you are out of our reach,” John Elder, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department, told the Star Tribune. “We will get you wherever you go. This arrest shows that clearly.”
Baugh, 28, was allegedly kidnapped and shot in the face after being lured to a phony home showing on New Year’s Eve, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com. Authorities found her body shortly before 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2019.
Her hands were bound with tape. She had been forcibly dragged into a van and taken from the fabricated home showing, according to surveillance footage investigators viewed. A number of .45-caliber shell casings were found near her body, investigators said. The young realtor’s BMW was later discovered in the Minneapolis suburbs at the home she was believed to have been showing at the time she was kidnapped.
Earlier that day, Baugh’s boyfriend and Minneapolis rap artist, Jon Mitchell-Momoh, was shot in the presence of the couple’s two young children. The young father survived the shooting.
Davis, along with Cedric Berry, were indicted in Baugh’s murder in February, the Associated Press reported. Detectives later allegedly seized a ski mask, duct tape, walkie talkies, and a number of heroin baggies from Berry.
“I cannot begin to describe how vicious the behavior was in this case,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman previously said.
Eight people have been implicated in the plot, which allegedly originated after Mitchell-Momoh had a falling out with a Chicago-based rap artist over a record deal, according to the Associated Press.
Mitchell-Momoh, who is believed to have been the intended target of the murder-for-hire scheme, had recently inked a record deal and flaunted “a lot of money” on social media in the days leading up to his partner’s killing, authorities said. The budding rap star’s alleged music rival is believed to have put the paid hit out on Mitchell-Momoh, according to the Associated Press. The individual is only identified by initials in court filings, the Star Tribune reported.
Mitchell-Momoh previously denied knowing the accused triggerman.
“I’ve never seen that Cedric [Berry] dude in my life,” Mitchell-Momoh told the Star-Tribune in January. “I don’t know him. … I really want to clear the air. It’s like I murdered her. This has really hurt my heart.”
Elsa Segura, a former probation officer, is accused of luring Baugh to the fake home showing, where investigators suspect she was abducted. Shante Davis — Berry’s wife and Davis’ sister, was also charged with being an accomplice after the fact in Baugh’s killing, the Star Tribune reported.
Baugh was described by her former co-workers as a “driven” realtor and “loving mother."
[She] left an incredible impact on all of us,” Kris Lindahl, Baugh’s former boss, previously told Oxygen.com.
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