Fugitives Nationwide

Lamont Stephenson Wanted by FBI for Murder of His Fiancée

18-452 Lamont Stephenson Wanted by FBI
Lamont Stephenson Wanted by FBI for Murder of His Fiancée

A New Jersey man, Lamont Stephenson wanted for murdering his fiancée is the latest individual to be added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

ID #18-452

Lamont Stephenson is charged with the strangulation death of his fiancée in her Newark apartment in October 2014. He also killed the woman’s dog before calling a cab to take him to Newark’s Penn Station, where investigators believe he fled the state by bus or train.

The 40-year-old victim and Stephenson had apparently known each other as teenagers and met again in 2014 at a high school reunion. “They had a whirlwind romance and were engaged to be married,” said Special Agent Carl Priddy, who is investigating the case from the FBI’s Newark Division.

Since the day of the murder, October 17, 2014, Stephenson “has been completely off the radar,” Priddy 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.”

The investigation has, however, provided clues to where Stephenson might be hiding, and a possible motive for the murder.

The fugitive has close family members in Virginia and the Carolinas and has spent time in those places in the past. “He could have assumed a different identity,” Priddy said. “Nobody in Virginia or the Carolinas would have reason to believe he is wanted for a brutal murder.”

Being named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list means that the Stephenson case will get nationwide publicity and increases the odds that individuals outside of Newark will recognize him and come forward.

“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.”

Regarding a possible motive for the murder, friends and family of the victim told investigators that Stephenson was very possessive and controlling of her. “They had a fairly short courtship before they were engaged and he moved in with her,” Priddy said. “People close to the victim said they were surprised by how quickly it happened.”

“To strangle someone to death is an act of rage,” noted Christopher Smith, a detective in Essex County, the New Jersey jurisdiction that charged Stephenson with homicide. “God forbid he is living with another woman and he’s that possessive. He could do this to someone else.”

“There is no doubt that Stephenson is a threat to the community and should be considered extremely dangerous,” Priddy said, adding that surveillance video at Newark’s Penn Station recorded shortly after the murder showed Stephenson to be acting calmly and with no outward signs of anxiety.

“He wasn’t in a panic at all,” Priddy said of the video images. “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.”

If you know his whereabouts.

Send us a Tip at: [email protected] or

Call us at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or

Text us at (408)355-0999

For an immediate sighting, please dial 9-1-1

Por favor llame la línea de Los

Fugitivos en 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448)

o texto en 408-355-0999

o enviar un correo electrónico a [email protected],

si usted sabe su paradero.

Si usted ve esta persona en este momento, llame al 9-1-1

NOTICE: All persons depicted are presumed to be innocent unless proven to be guilty in a court of law. The fugitive.com and fugitivewatch.com notations appearing on this are TRADEMARKS and NOT an expression of fact or opinion.

AVISO: Todas las personas representadas son presumidas de ser inocente a menos que resultara culpable en un tribunal de justicia. Fugitive.com y fugitivewatch.com anotaciones que aparecen en este sitio son MARCAS REGISTRADAS y NO una expresión de hecho o de opinión.

COMMENT ADVISEMENT: We welcome your thoughts, but for the sake of all readers, please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to our terms of service and may be removed. Repeat offenders may lose commenting privileges.

AVISO DE COMENTARIO: Damos la bienvenida a tus pensamientos, pero por el bien de todos los lectores, por favor abstenerse de la utilización de obscenidades, ataques personales o insultos racistas. Todos los comentarios están sujetos a nuestros términos y condiciones del servicio, y podrá ser retirado. Reincidentes pueden perder privilegios comentar.

Remember, the information you provide remains confidential and could put this fugitive behind bars.

__________________________________________________________________________

Fugitive Watch was founded in 1992 by two San Francisco Bay area police officers, Steve Ferdin and Scott Castruita. Fugitive Watch is a reality-based television show, newspaper and website, fugitive.com. We can also be found on social media such as InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. The mission of Fugitive Watch is to make Your community safer by helping law enforcement fight crime. Fugitive Watch brings the community, local business, and law enforcement together to solve crimes, apprehend wanted fugitives and provide education and crime prevention information to the community.

Business and private sponsorship help Fugitive Watch empower the community to strike back at crime from the safety of their living rooms. Fugitive Watch has been credited by law enforcement with over several 1000 crimes solved or fugitives apprehended. Fugitive Watch also helps improve the safety of police officers by locating fugitives for law enforcement so they can more safely arrest them rather than unexpectedly running across them through extremely dangerous routine “chance encounters”. As law enforcement officers know all too well, These “chance encounters” have resulted in countless officer injuries and deaths.

Leave a Comment