Police in Maryland captured a man on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list who’s been on the run for more than four years after allegedly strangling his fiancée to death and killing the family dog in 2014. Now he’s also accused of killing his new girlfriend and her cat.
Lamont Stephenson allegedly killed Olga DeJesus, 43, and their family dog, a chihuahua, in the couple’s Newark, New Jersey, apartment, on October 17, 2014, according to the FBI. DeJesus was a mother of two.
Stephenson fled after the attack, having last been seen at a train station in Newark the same day of the murder, according to the FBI.
He was charged with DeJesus' murder on Nov. 3, 2014 and roughly three years later, in September 2017, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Stephenson after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The FBI had warned that Stephenson was capable of repeating his alleged brutal crime.
"For him to be calm and collected after he had just strangled his fiancee shows a certain coldness and calculation," FBI Special Agent Carl Priddy said in a release last year. "He is definitely capable of doing this again."
And he allegedly did. He was arrested Thursday, accused of killing his girlfriend Natina Kiah, 40, the previous night. She was found stabbed to death along with her cat, according to Washington D.C. outlet WJLA.
Prince George’s County police Chief Hank Stawinski told reporters that three of his officers approached Stephenson, who was in a truck, in response to a suspicious person call early Thursday. Stawinski said Stephenson told the officers he was homeless but also said he was a wanted man.
Stawinski said Stephenson was taken into custody on an unlawful flight to avoid prosecution warrant.
Both families of victims are happy for the arrest.
"We are just overwhelmed right now," Felix DeJesus, Olga's brother, said at a press conference in Newark on Thursday about the capture of the man accused of killing his sister. "We're happy. Everyone played a role in this and we are grateful.”
Kiah’s family, now reeling over the recent loss of their relative, have also expressed gratitude that Stephenson is behind bars.
“My baby’s gone, but I feel so happy and so blessed that they got him,” Kiah’s mother Jennifer Wallace said, according to NBC 4 in Washington D.C.
Stephenson has been on the FBI’s Top 10 list since October last year. There had been an award of up to $100,000 for his capture.
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