5 Charged In Shooting Death

Of teen at Greenville apartment complex

Patrick Gentry
June 08, 2019 - 7:26 am
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Press Conference 

Five individuals have been arrested for their involvement in the murder of 18-year-old Udeh Joshua Osuagwu, Jr. on May 11, 2019 at a residence at Waterside Greene Apartment Homes located at 741 Woodruff Road in Greenville. 

The following subjects have been arrested and charged with 1) Murder; 2) Burglary-1st degree; 3) Armed Robbery; 4) Kidnapping; 5) Assault & Battery-1st degree; 6) Criminal Conspiracy; and 7) Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime: 

  • Darius Antonia J’quan Rhodes, 18, of 111 Fleming Street in Greenville
  • Natasha Nicole Booker, 17, of 103 Deoyley Avenue in Greenville
  • Tommy Lee Long, 21, of 7 Bahan Circle in Taylors
  • Jaylan Horatio Marques Fair, 24, of 127 Jericho Road in Easley

Another individual, 17-year-old Jevonda Lenae Dillard of 210 Coolbrook Drive in Greenville, has been arrested and charged with Accessory after the fact to Felony Murder. The investigation continues and other arrests are possible.

These arrests and charges stem from the City’s first homicide of 2019. At approximately 3 a.m. on May 11, Patrol officers responded to the apartment after multiple calls to the GPD Communications Center (9-1-1 Dispatch) reporting an individual had been shot several times. Officers arrived to find an unresponsive male inside one of the apartments suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to an area medical facility where he was pronounced deceased. 

The investigation revealed that this group believed that the victim had a large sum of money inside his apartment. Consequently, they orchestrated a plan to rob the victim and others inside the apartment. 

“This weeks-long investigation required numerous witness interviews, review of many hours of camera footage, analysis of many pieces of physical evidence, and multiple conversations with those involved,” said Lt. Jason Rampey, Criminal Investigations. “With this information, we now know that this senseless act began as a planned robbery of Udeh and those inside his apartment. 

“We are enormously proud of the work conducted by our officers, investigators, and analysts as we worked to provide justice and closure for the Osuagwu family.”

The GPD is grateful for the invaluable assistance from the Greenville County Forensic Division, the Greenville Crime Lab, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Crime Stoppers, and many others who provided invaluable information and tips to law enforcement throughout this investigation.

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