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Posted on: October 9, 2018

19th Street Homicide Suspect in Custody

Tillery, Damontaze Montrell

On July 26, 2018, police and fire personnel were dispatched to the 600 block of 19th Street in reference to a vehicle fire. While in route, officers were notified a shooting victim was involved in the incident. Upon arrival, 31-year-old Javon Stephenson , a Virginia Beach man, was located in the driver seat of a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

After a thorough investigation, earlier this morning, Damontaze Montrell Tillery, a 34- year-old Newport News man was picked up by the Newport News Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was charged with: 2nd degree murder; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. A booking photo is attached.

If citizens have concerns about their safety, remember tips can be made via Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-YOU-UP (1-888-563-5887). Crime Line callers remain completely anonymous, are never required to testify in court and are eligible for a reward if their tip leads to an arrest. Or you can report a tip online at “Please help us keep Newport News safe, if you know something, say something,” said Police Chief, Steve Drew.

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