Pava Marie LaPere murder: Police reveal name of suspect Jason Deans Billingsley, 32, as cops warn he ‘will kill and he will rape’
- Pava Marie LaPere, 26, was killed by blunt force trauma inside her luxury Mount Vernon, Baltimore apartment, and her body was found by police on Monday
- The Police Commissioner announced that they have a warrant out for a murder suspect’s arrest on Tuesday evening
- They have named Jason Deans Billingsley, 32, of Baltimore, as their main suspect in her murder
Baltimore police have issued an arrest warrant for a local man suspected of murder, after a Forbes ’30 Under 30′ tech CEO was beaten to death.
Pava Marie LaPere, 26, was killed by blunt force trauma inside her luxury Mount Vernon, Baltimore apartment, and her body was found by police on Monday.
Jason Deans Billingsley, 32, of Baltimore, is wanted for first degree murder, assault, reckless endangerments, as well as additional charges. Police said they do not believe LaPere knew him.
‘He will kill, and he will rape,’ said Richard Worley, the police commissioner, at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Billingsley is ‘armed and dangerous,’ and locals should stay alert, said Worley.
‘To Jason Billingsley: I hope you are listening,’ he added.
‘We will find you, and we will prosecute you to the full extent of the law.’
Pava Marie LaPere, 26 (left), was killed by blunt force trauma inside her luxury Mount Vernon, Baltimore apartment, and her body was found by police on Monday. On Tuesday police announced they have issued an arrest warrant for Jason Deans Billingsley, 32, of Baltimore (right)
Richard Worley, commissioner of Baltimore police, announced the name of the suspect and vowed to track him down and bring him to justice
Worley said that a special task force was working alongside U.S. Marshalls to capture Billingsley.
John Hopkins University graduate LaPere lived and worked in the same building where she was found murdered, according to public records.
Officers arrived around 11:34am at her apartment complex in the 300 block of West Franklin Street on Monday.
Upon arrival, they found LaPere dead. She had signs of blunt-force trauma and detectives launched a homicide investigation, police confirmed.
A neighbor, who lives across the hall from LaPere, said she woke up to police knocking on LaPere’s door. There was no answer, she told local news.
The medical examiner’s office took possession of the body, and an examination is pending.
According to investigators, there had been a missing person’s call made for her a short time before her dead body was discovered. They declined to say who made the call, because the investigation is ongoing.
LaPere, who attended John Hopkins University before starting the company, was named on Forbes’ prestigious ’30 Under 30′ list this year for her impact work.
She is the co-founder and CEO of EcoMap Technologies – which she launched at the age of 22 in her college dorm room.
As well as her Forbes recognition, she was named in Baltimore’s ’40 Under 40′ and Maryland’s ’25 Under 25′ lists for innovation.
LaPere was remembered as one of the ‘brightest stars’ in Baltimore, and a ‘compassionate visionary force’ by those who knew and worked with her.