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Suspect in Franklinton slaying arrested in Virginia

Posted September 22, 2010
Updated September 23, 2010

— Authorities have arrested a suspect in a fatal Franklinton shooting that ended with a wreck that set off an explosion at a gas station.

Rashawn "May May" Arrington, 23, was arrested in Virginia on a charge of first-degree murder in the Monday death of Jesse Montague, 27.

Franklinton Police Chief John Green said that Montague was shot one in the back while driving along Sterling Street. His car crashed into an Exxon gas pump, sparking an explosion that sent a 10-foot fireball into the sky.

"Luckily, people were acting in a good manner that kept from additional injuries because one lady almost got crushed," Green said.

The explosion caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to the gas station.

Green said that police and State Bureau of Investigation agents tracked Arrington through his cell phone. Virginia State Police pulled him over and arrested him Tuesday night in Southampton County.

He was returned to North Carolina Wednesday and was expected to make his first court appearance Thursday morning.

North Carolina Department of Correction records show that Arrington was placed on probation June 30 for a drug possession conviction. He also served 18 months in jail for violating his probation stemming from a 2006 conviction for larceny from a person.

Police say Arrington and Montague knew each other and had argued in the past. Green said Montague's death is the first homicide in Franklinton since 1992.

"We have people out here in the world today that don't value other people's lives," said Montague's father, Jesse Montague Sr.


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  • leeboy2514 Sep 22, 2010

    Great news, they got him. However, my thought and prayers go out to the family of the young man that was murdered. Gods wisdom is true. This young man is a self confessed gang member. He walked around with his guns like they were trophies. He bragged about of his criminal escapades and doing time but he runs and tried to hide like a coward. He uses his little sister to help him run. Real Gangsta!!!! Several months ago he was apprehended for shooting into a home in the Franklinton area. That family was blessed. Why was he even out of jail. So that he could finally commit murder. He did. I hear that others were involved in the planning and in hiding evidence i.e., the gun. It is my hope that all those involved in this crimed be caught and prosecuted to the fullest of the law. I can spell conspiracy.

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  • haditup2here Sep 22, 2010

    srjr38----Did I miss something? Where does it say anywhere anything at all about this guy being a sex offender? Did you actually READ the article or just make some bizarre assumptions? Huh????? I just don't get the connection.

  • littleriver69 Sep 22, 2010

    I'm sure he was just turned down by Harvard. He was upset.

  • Just the facts mam Sep 22, 2010

    I think he is just misunderstood...

  • srjr38 Sep 22, 2010

    What really needs to happens is: Everyone convicted of being a sex offender should have a tattoo on their forehead letting everyone know. if that isn't possible, then put a large X on their face - either on the chin or cheek or something. How many of us honestly search the internet for offenders in the area of travel we will take. Probably not many. But unless it is publicized, then we really don't know who we are dealing with.

  • edbuck51 Sep 22, 2010

    what happened to the days when had a beef with a guy, you hit him in the mouth with your fists?? a nation of cowards now

  • BumpyKnuckles Sep 22, 2010

    Not just phones but any vehicle that has any type of navigation or any tracking systems, e.g. onstar. As well as most laptops. You can be tracked by lots of every day use items.

  • luckn4u2 Sep 22, 2010

    Another deadbeat who will of course have a court appointed attorney paid for by nc taxpayers,then sent to prison where his meals,clothing and will be housed costing the taxpayers an average of 40,000 dollars a year,what good are these ,,humm I cant say humans because they act more like animals.But then again people who work on the police force and in prisons are guaranteed employment.

  • computer trainer Sep 22, 2010

    State Department of Correction records show that Arrington was placed on probation June 30 for a drug-possession conviction. He also served 1½ months in jail for violating his probation stemming from a 2006 conviction for larceny from person. -- looks like dude does not understand that he is not doing any good. He got slaps on the wrist and he still acts like a dummy!