A Hopewell man has been arrested and charged with abducting and killing two men last summer who were found dead inside an apartment where one of the victims lived, police announced Thursday.
Jamonte C. Brothers, 33, was arrested without incident in the City Point area of Hopewell on Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Hopewell police said in a release. He was charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and abduction and felonious use of a firearm.
Brothers is accused of killing Joseph Darnell Wooden, 31, and Alexander Allen III, 23, who were discovered dead on Aug. 21 inside a residence in the 100 block of Ruth Harris Way.
Wooden, who lived at the residence, had been strangled, and Allen suffered a fatal gunshot wound, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond. Allen was the victim of a 2017 shooting in the 500 block of South 21st Street.
In a statement, Detective Sgt. Trevor Terry said Brothers’ arrest was made possible by “critical information” provided by city residents as well as a coordinated investigative effort by detectives.
Police did not provide a possible motive for the killings.
“This case is by no means closed with the arrest of Mr. Brothers,” Terry said. “Our detectives continue to investigate and gather evidence against others directly or indirectly involved in the deaths,” Lt. Paul Intravia said in a statement.
Brothers is being held at Riverside Regional Jail. He was arraigned on the charges Thursday morning in Hopewell General District Court.
The deaths of Wooden and Allen were the second and third killings to occur in an area off East Randolph Road in Hopewell last year.
On Jan. 22, 2018, Danzell Lamont Gholson, 24, was found fatally shot after police responded to the 500 block of Davisville Place for a report of multiple shots being fired.
The shooting occurred in the Davisville Bland Court housing complex off East Randolph Road, which is adjacent to the residence where Wooden and Allen were found dead.
Police charged two people in Gholson’s killing.