After a five-month manhunt, the man who allegedly murdered and dismembered Dominique Fells, a Philadelphia transgender woman, has been captured in California.
Via NY Post:
Akhenaton “Akh” Jones, 36, was taken into custody in Los Angeles for the June 7 stabbing death of 27-year-old Dominque “Rem’mie” Fells, whose dismembered body was found the following day in the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia police said Monday.
Jones is now awaiting extradition back to the Pennsylvania city, a police spokesman confirmed to The Post Wednesday.
The connection between Jones and Fells was not immediately clear. A police spokesman said that information has yet not been disclosed by investigators. Charges of murder, possession of an instrument of crime, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse against Jones were announced by police in early July.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement:
The murder of Dominque Fells constituted yet another act of hate and violence against a member of the LGBTQ community. We are deeply disturbed by the facts of this case, and extend our deepest sympathy to Ms. Fells’ family, friends, and the entire LGBTQ community.
Dominique died from multiple stab wounds and her body was found in the Schuylkill River with trauma to her head and face. Her legs were severed.
Police divers found her legs inside of a trash bag at the bottom of the river while searching for two missing teens in an unrelated case.
Dominique Fells’ father spoke about his daughter saying:
She was a person who could light up a room even when she was being quiet. The one thing that stood out about her is she did her own thing with confidence, which as a family, we all embraced.
I pray that justice is served to the fullest extent of the law.