Antonio Prophet, the Virginia man accused of murdering his girlfriend and her son in Bunker Hill, W.Va., then setting her house on fire earlier this month, was caught Thursday night outside a Charlotte, N.C., homeless shelter. Details on the flipside
For the time being, 34-year-old Prophet is only being charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Angela Kay Devonshire.
The bodies of Devonshire, 22, and her 3-year-old son, Andre White, were found June 6 in the garage below their home. Authorities believe Prophet killed them and then set the home on fire. Devonshire’s other son, infant Daronte White, was found unharmed outside the garage apartment after the fire.
Prophet has not been charged in Andre White’s death. Sheriff Kenneth LeMaster of Berkeley County said a prosecutor will review the case and decide on possible charges.
Police have said Prophet and Devonshire had been dating for about two weeks, which is how long Prophet had been in West Virginia before the fire.
Acting on a tip, U.S. Marshals based in Charlotte and the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office found Prophet sitting in front of a Charlotte homeless shelter, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. He claimed to be James Carter, but admitted who he was when he was in custody, the Marshals Service said in a news release.
On Wednesday, police said Prophet last was seen in the Manassas, Va., area. The U.S. Marshal’s Capital Area Task Force continued tracking Prophet with help from local agencies until information was obtained that he was in Charlotte, Lemaster said in a press release received Friday morning.
In the press release, Lemaster said that two members of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Gary Harmison and Deputy M. St. Clair, were headed to Charlotte Thursday night to bring Prophet back to West Virginia after extradition proceedings are settled.
The Marshals Service said Prophet had been in the Charlotte area since Monday. Members of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, and the U.S. Marshal Service were tracking leads in eight different states before they caught up with Prophet.
The victims’ family has been notified of the arrest.
Sheriff Kenneth LeMaster of Berkeley County said, “I went up in person and talked with them and it gives them i guess a sense of closure, maybe a little bit more security in knowing he won’t be coming back to their area.”
Finally this monster has been caught!
He was on the loose for two weeks — the same amount of time he dated Devonshire before her murder.
R.I.P. Angela and Andre