Arrest made in Could homicide, second suspect nonetheless sought

June 24—Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputies have one suspect in custody for the Could 7 homicide of Matthew D. Moore in Mon County. An arrest warrant has been issued for a second suspect.

Cleotis Cortez-Paul Eppes Jr., AKA “Ghost,” 48, of Harper Woods, Mich., was arraigned in Monongalia County Circuit Courtroom Thursday morning and charged with first-degree homicide, felony conspiracy and conspiracy to promote and/or distribute a managed substance, particularly heroin and fentanyl.

No bond was set for Eppes, who’s being held at North Central Regional Jail.

A warrant for first-degree homicide and felony conspiracy was issued to Arlo Whiteoak Romano, 42, of Morgantown.

Based on a Thursday morning press launch, deputies with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Workplace discovered Romano at 11:28 pm Wednesday on the BFS fuel station off of Fairchance Street in Cheat Lake, as they have been investigating a suspicious individual report.

Romano left in a automobile and a short while later ran in to a wooded space off Birch Hole Street, the discharge mentioned.

Legislation enforcement from a number of jurisdictions helped search the realm in a single day for a number of hours, and the search is constant.

Deputies describe Romano as a white male, 5-foot-10, and roughly 175 kilos. He was final seen carrying a T-shirt and shorts, and has quite a few tattoos on his arms.

On the time of the report, Romano was believed to be on foot. Deputies are urging residents to name 911 instantly and use warning if they arrive into contact with or see Romano, or anybody resembling him.

On Could 7, Moore’s physique was discovered within the roadway on Spherical Backside Street simply after 1 am Detectives on the scene have been capable of decide the reason for loss of life was a gunshot wound and it was dominated a murder by the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Workplace.

Based on the felony criticism filed towards Eppes, the detectives’ investigation included in depth follow-ups, interviews, search warrants, digital proof and site and communication information related to Eppes, Romano and Moore, in addition to surveillance footage obtained from a number of areas in and round Mon County and post-crime actions.

Whereas processing the crime scene, officers discovered a cellphone belonging to Eppes on the sufferer, which confirmed textual content communications between Moore and Eppes that referenced drug offers in and round Mon County throughout March, April and Could.

The communication additionally confirmed Moore owed Eppes cash for lacking medicine and Eppes was upset over this, detectives reported.

Location and communication information additionally confirmed that Eppes and Romano have been collectively Could 6 and seven, and positioned them within the space the place the sufferer was staying, then touring to Spherical Backside Street concerning the time of the homicide.

Based on the criticism, the sufferer’s telephone areas corresponded with Eppes and Romano’s and that Romano had communicated with Moore previous to that.

Detectives have been ready to make use of location information to corroborate and numerous surveillance footage present Eppes and Romano in a 2022 Dodge truck that Romano had rented and used earlier than, throughout and after the homicide.

Eppes was interviewed by detectives on June 7, when he confirmed he was concerned with Moore to promote medicine and that Moore owed him cash, the criticism mentioned.

Eppes additionally confirmed being with Romano from the night of Could 6 to the morning of Could 7, however mentioned they have been in search of Moore due to the cash he owed.

Anyone with info on the whereabouts of Romano is requested to name the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Workplace at 304-291-7260. Callers can stay nameless.

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