Detectives say a tip from the public has helped them charge three suspects in connection with the killing of a woman nearly five years ago in east Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the charges were filed during the past week. One of the suspects already was in prison, and another was found in Virginia.
The arrests come in connection with the Dec. 15, 2007, slaying of 43-year-old Tawanna Montgomery of Charlotte. She was among four people traveling in a black Ford Explorer on Academy Street, near Sugar Creek Road. About 4:15 p.m., police say someone fired several shots at the SUV, and Montgomery was struck.
She was taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center, where she died.
During the investigation, police say detectives learned that the shots had been fired by a person standing next to a gray Cadillac.
Detectives found the vehicle in the 1700 block of Anderson Street, about a block away from the shooting scene. Police said they learned that several people had gotten out of the Cadillac and stored a rifle in a storage unit. Police found the rifle.
The next development apparently came recently, when police said information from the public led them to identify three suspects and make the arrests.
Each of the three was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
They were identified as Emileo Estevez Blount, 22, who was arrested Oct. 26 in the Charlotte area; Emmanuel Lee Blount, 23, who is in prison; and Patrick Alphonso Campbell, 23, who was arrested in Lynchburg, Va. Police say Campbell is awaiting extradition to Charlotte.
According to North Carolina prison records, Emmanuel Blount is serving a sentence of 10 years and five months for armed robbery, forgery, drug and other charges. Emileo Blount’s record shows at least 10 arrests in recent years, including robbery charges.
Detectives say they are still looking for information in the case and ask the public to call them at 704-432-TIPS, or leave information with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.