19-year-old St. Croix man added to ‘Most Wanted List’
J’wa Charlery of St. Croix
RICHMOND, Virginia — A St. Croix man is a suspect in the killing of a woman at a Virginia hotel last year has been added to U.S. Marshals Service’s “15 Most Wanted” fugitives list.
J’Wa Emone Charlery, 19, has been charged by Richmond police in the slaying of New York resident Eboniece Escobar, 22.
Officers found Escobar dead at the Clarion Hotel in the 3200 block of North Boulevard on Nov. 2 with a gunshot wound to the head.
Authorities are unsure where Charlery is, but the Marshals Service said he fled to the Virgin Islands after Escobar’s death.
Charlery has exhibited a “blatant disregard for life” while on the run, U.S. Marshals director Stacia Hylton said in a news release.
Charlery is known in St. Croix by the nickname “Balla” and has connections in Norfolk and Miami, according to the Marshals Service.
According to the police report submitted by Sgt. Michael Rogers of the Richmond Police Department, police were notified about a disturbance in a room at the Clarion Hotel in Richmond.
When officers arrived, they found Escobar’s unresponsive body and saw she was suffering from a gunshot wound. Police said she died on the scene, and determined that she had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.
Police spoke with individuals who led them to the surveillance camera of a nearby store and coupled video footage from that camera with footage on the hotel’s surveillance camera and determined that Jimmar Payne, 22, of Estate White Lady, Charlery and Sheanne U. Rivera, 20, of St. Croix were seen at the store moments before the murder and then seen running from the area after the murder.
Rivera and Payne were arrested after the incident and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
According to the police report, Charlery was identified within hours of the murder and police later were given information that Payne and Rivera were involved.
U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to Charlery’s arrest. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the U.S. Marshals’ Communications Center at (800) 336-0102.