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Damonta Jybrell Ingram, 19, is charged with murder in a May 7 shooting.
Damonta Jybrell Ingram
Monday, June 10, 2013
The man arrested Thursday in a fatal Roanoke shooting was the last person one of the victims had called before the incident, according to a search warrant.
Damonta Jybrell Ingram, 19, of Roanoke was charged in the May 7 shooting that killed 30-year-old Wilson Lenin Abarca-Mejia and injured Juan Berrios. The warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court said Ingram’s phone number was the last number dialed by the injured man’s phone before he and Abarca-Mejia were shot in the 1400 block of Abbott Street Northwest. A previous warrant identified the injured man as Berrios.
The warrant said officers arriving at the scene found Abarca-Mejia dead on the side of the road, shot in the back, and Berrios with a gunshot wound to his right arm. Berrios was able to describe a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red and white markings. He said he had the man’s phone number on his phone, according to the warrant.
Police identified Ingram as the suspect, the warrant said.
The warrant authorized officers to search a home in the 1300 block of Lafayette Boulevard Northwest for the gun used in the shooting. No shell casings were found at the crime scene, the warrant said, so officers believe the weapon may have been a revolver.
Investigators searched the building on June 3. Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson declined to comment on what, if anything, was seized.
Ingram was arrested at a Roanoke residence early Thursday morning and charged with murder. Johnson said he was found with a gun, and said whether that weapon was used in the shooting remains under investigation.
Anita Otey, 19, of Roanoke also is charged with murder in the shooting. She was arrested May 11.
Court documents filed before Ingram’s June 3 indictment said Abarca-Mejia and Berrios were driving a black Toyota RAV4 at the time of the shooting. Roanoke police found marijuana in the car. Blood was found inside the vehicle and a bloody fingerprint was located on the hood.
Berrios was treated and released for his injuries at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Ingram and Otey are being held at the Roanoke City Jail.
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