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Roanoke officers had been seeking the man since the May 11 killing of Wilson Abarca-Mejia.
Damonta Jybrell Ingram
Thursday, June 6, 2013
A man charged with murder in a May shooting death in northwest Roanoke was arrested Thursday morning, officials said.
Damonta Jybrell Ingram, 19, of Roanoke was found about 1:30 a.m. “at a residence in Roanoke,” police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said. She would not say where in Roanoke Ingram was arrested, but said he was located by police “as a result of information received by the officers.”
Johnson said that Ingram was arrested without incident, but that he was found with a gun.
“Whether that firearm is the same used in the homicide is under investigation,” she said.
Ingram was in custody at the Roanoke City Jail late Thursday, online records show.
Ingram was indicted Monday by a Roanoke grand jury and charged with murder in the May 7 death of Wilson Lenin Abarca-Mejia.
Abarca-Mejia, 30, was found lying in the 1400 block of Abbott Street Northwest, police have said. Another man, Juan Berrios, was also shot in the incident, according to search warrants filed in the case. Berrios was treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and released.
Roanoke police searched for Ingram on Monday evening at a home in the 1300 block of Lafayette Boulevard Northwest, Johnson said earlier in the week. He was not found at that home, but officers did execute a search warrant there. Johnson declined to comment on what, if anything, was seized from the home.
Anita Otey, 19, of Roanoke was arrested May 11 and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting. Online records show she remains at the Roanoke City Jail and is due to appear in Roanoke General District Court in late June.
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