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3rd Suspect in Orange Co. Slaying Wanted in 2 Durham Shootings

Posted December 21, 2007 6:36 p.m. EST
Updated December 21, 2007 7:34 p.m. EST

— Durham police officers on Friday afternoon apprehended a suspect in at least three shootings, including the murder of an Orange County woman inside her home.

Officers went to the 1700 block of Avondale Drive to find Montez Antonio Stevons, 20, of Durham. Stevons spotted the officers and fled, but police caught him after a brief foot chase.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has charged Stevons with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon for the Nov. 26 slaying of Eva Jacobs during a break-in at her Orange County home.

Durham police wanted Stevons in connection with two shootings. Officers believe Stevons shot a 33-year-old man during a Nov. 3 home invasion on House Avenue and shot a 19-year-old male on Morehead Avenue on Sept. 25.

The state Department of Corrections listed Stevons as "an absconder from probation/parole supervision." He was sentenced on July 30 to 36 months' probation for conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Stevons had been given probation three other times since 2004 in Durham County for charges including assault with a deadly weapon.

Stevons was placed in the Durham County Jail and given no bond. His first court appearance had not yet been scheduled.

Durham police were still looking for Cedric Antonio Joint, 20, whom they consider a second suspect in the House Avenue shooting. Joint frequents the areas of Sedgefield Street and the West End.

Anyone with information on Joint’s whereabouts is asked to call Investigator Freeman at 919-560-1020, ext. 238 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

Earlier Friday, Reshaun Cates, 20, of 511 Park Ave. in Durham, was also charged in Jacobs' death. Cates was already in the Durham County Jail on unrelated charges.

Doné Octavous Johnson, 20, of Hillsborough, was the first to be charged in the murder and robbery. He appeared in court on Thursday.

Jacobs died Nov. 26 after she called 911 about a break-in in progress at her Compton Road home in Cedar Grove. Prosecutors said that a shotgun and $300 worth of marijuana were stolen from Jacobs' home.