Police arrest repeat offender suspected in murder of Baltimore tech CEO
Authorities have arrested the man suspected in the killing of Baltimore tech entrepreneur Pava LaPere, a U.S.
Authorities have arrested the man suspected in the killing of Baltimore tech entrepreneur Pava LaPere, a U.S. Marshal confirmed, as police announced plans to reveal details of the capture following a major manhunt.
Baltimore police said they planned to announce the "arrest of murder suspect Jason Billingsley" at a news conference at 11 a.m. ET Thursday. No further details were released and police did not immediately respond to requests for comment from NBC News early Thursday.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Albert Maresca Jr. confirmed Billingsley's arrest to Baltimore-based NBC affiliate WBAL-TV. He said the suspect, who is 32, was apprehended at a train station in Bowie, Maryland.
Billingsley had been wanted on a first-degree murder warrant in the killing of LaPere, the CEO and founder of the software startup EcoMap Technologies.
LaPere, 26, remembered by colleagues as an important part of Baltimore’s small tech scene, was found dead at an apartment of apparent blunt-force injuries Monday, police have said.
Police and the U.S. Marshals Service launched a manhunt for Billingsley, who was also wanted in connection with an unrelated attempted murder and rape earlier this month.
Billingsley’s mother was among those urging him to turn himself in. Authorities also announced a $6,000 reward and warned that he is armed and dangerous.
“This individual will kill, and he will rape,” Police Commissioner Richard Worley has said. “He will do anything he can to cause harm.”
Billingsley is a “repeat violent offender,” Baltimore City State’s Attorney Ivan J. Bates said at a news conference while the manhunt was ongoing.
Billingsley pleaded guilty to a first-degree sex offense and was sentenced in 2015 to 30 years in prison, with 16 of those years suspended, court records show. He was paroled in October.
Police have not released much information about LaPere's death. She was reported missing and was found dead not long after that report was made, police have said.
EcoMap Technologies aims to improve the accessibility and efficiency of information ecosystems, according to its website. Its products include chatbots and other resources for businesses and groups.
LaPere was included on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list this year. It noted that her company's clients include Meta and the T. Rowe Price Foundation.
She was from Tucson, Arizona, and moved to Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins University. She fell in love with the city and stayed, those who knew her said.