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 p3tips.com. “Please help us keep Newport News safe, if you know something, say something,” said Police Chief, Steve Drew.