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Roanoke man charged in fatal weekend shooting

Roanoke man charged in fatal weekend shooting


A 35-year-old Roanoke man has been arrested in the death of a nursing assistant who was shot Sunday, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

Todd Emanuel Manns was listed as being held without bond on a charge of second-degree murder. He’s accused in the killing of Taniko Belt, 46, authorities said.

Investigators said Manns and Belt knew one another but no additional details were released.

The shooting is believed to be an isolated incident. No other suspects are being sought, said a police spokeswoman.

The shooting, Roanoke’s fifth homicide this year, was reported around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Authorities found cartridge cases in a parking lot outside a Panorama Avenue Northwest apartment building where Belt lived, according to search warrants.

Belt was found shortly after about a mile away on Peters Creek Road where her car appeared to have crashed into a utility pole.

She had been shot and died of her injuries, officials said. Her car had been punctured by gunfire at multiple points, investigators wrote in search warrant filings.

Belt, a mother and grandmother, worked in a local nursing home, said friends. She was described as a caring person who was devoted to her family and had a strong religious faith.

Manns was charged and arrested Friday morning, according to police and jail records. He has not yet appeared in court to respond to the allegations against him.

Jail intake records show he was also charged with indecent exposure after being taken into custody. He was accused of exposing himself to a woman during his intake assessment, according to that complaint.

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