Who Is Lamont Stephenson? FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Captured After Years on the Run Tied to New Killing

A murder suspect who spent more than four years on the run and was recently added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list has been captured in Maryland.

Lamont Stephenson, 43, of New Jersey, was detained by officers from Maryland's Prince George's County Police Department shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday. Police said dispatchers received a call about a suspicious person in a rental company truck parked outside a closed business.

A media release posted to Facebook yesterday said patrol officers talked to the man inside, and after a check for open warrants, he admitted to being "wanted in New Jersey for murder."

After he was identified as the fugitive, officers seized a gun that was in his possession. Police said Stephenson also confessed to committing a crime in the district Wednesday night.

Stephenson was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List in October 2018. In November 2014, he was charged with the fatal strangulation of his fiancée, Olga DeJesus.

The agency said he also killed the woman's dog, then called a cab and fled the state. He had not been seen since. The FBI issued a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

According to ABC News, Prince George's County police chief Henry Stawinski told reporters Stephenson claimed he was homeless and had been "trying to get out of the weather."

But WJLA-TV reported yesterday that Stephenson was suspected of the killing of Natina Kiah, 40, who was found stabbed to death on Wednesday night alongside her pet cat.

NBC Washington reported that mother-of-four Kiah was a homeless-shelter security officer who was not aware of Stephenson's status as a fugitive. The pair were allegedly dating. Police in Washington, D.C. allegedly had their own warrant out for Stephenson's arrest.

Maryland police said Stephenson is currently in the custody of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections and is pending extradition to Essex County in New Jersey.

In October last year, FBI special agent Carl Priddy said Stephenson had been "completely off the radar" since the alleged murder of his fiancée, which took place on October 17, 2014.

He said, "Compared to a lot of other subjects we go after, Stephenson has been difficult to find because he had no criminal history. Apart from his picture, law enforcement does not have even a set of fingerprints to help identify him." Regarding a motive, the agent said investigators had been informed by DeJesus's family that the suspect was possessive and controlling.

Following the 2014 homicide charge, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Stephenson in Essex County on September 8, 2017, after he was also charged with flight to avoid prosecution.

"For him to be calm and collected after he had just strangled his fiancée shows a certain coldness and calculation. He is definitely capable of doing this again," Priddy warned.

His mugshot listed on the FBI list is now branded "captured."

Maryland police uploaded footage of Stephenson in custody to YouTube yesterday. It showed him being led from the detention center in handcuffs and flanked by two police officers.

Gregory Ehrie, special agent in charge of the FBI's Newark division, said he was "proud to announce" the suspect had been arrested after spending 147 days on the most-wanted board.