Suspect in Beaufort Co. murder arrested, was dressed as 9th grade girl

Jayquwan Lamar Newmones (Beaufort County Sheriff's Office photos)

The suspect in a Beaufort County murder on Christmas Eve was arrested in Georgia on Thursday. He had changed his appearance to look like a 9th grade high school girl.

Jayquwan Lamar Newmones was arrested without incident in Augusta, Ga., by members of the Greenville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team, the NC SBI Fugitive and Missing Person Task Force, the FBI, Augusta Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Newmones is currently being held in the Charles B. Webster Detention Center in Augusta, Ga. with Khalif Muhammed Newmones and Alicia Hassona Polen, who were arrested earlier this week. All three are being held without bond and are awaiting extradition back to Beaufort County.

According to a press release by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, Newmones had drastically altered his appearance and been dressing as a girl for over a week, portraying himself as a 9th grade high school student. A local family there in Augusta had taken in Newmones after he came to their residence asking for help. Newmones was found hiding in a bedroom, according to the FBI.

The investigation is ongoing with further charges possible.

“Countless hours were put into this investigation by my deputies, along with assistance from deputies, officers, and agents from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from both North Carolina and Georgia," Beaufort County Sheriff Ernie Coleman said. "Over 35 court orders were drafted and executed to aid in developing evidence in this case.

"Newmones was taken into custody without incident because of tireless effort and determination by a lot of good law enforcement officers. I know that arrests made in this case will not make the situation better but I do hope that it brings the Moore family comfort and consolation in this time of sadness.”

On Dec. 24, Timothy Bernard Moore, 27, was found dead on a dirt road off Beach Ridge Road in Belhaven by a passing motorist. After an extensive investigation, warrants were issued for the arrest of the three now-captured suspects. On Jan. 2, warrants charging each of the suspects for Moore's murder were issued.

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