Murder arrest made; reward offered to find three

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 06:55 PM

Reward money of up to $2,000 is available for information leading to an arrest of three men sought in connection to the murder of a Henderson 17-year-old in February.

Henderson police said Wednesday they have arrested a 14-year-old juvenile in the case, charging him with first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill, discharging a firearm in the city, felony inciting a riot, and felony street gang activity.

Police are also looking to apprehend Corey Cheek Jr., Gary Treshon Holden and Ramek Holden in connection to the shooting death of JaQuon Tyree Seward on Feb. 21. Warrants for each are on charges of first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill, discharging a firearm in the city, felony inciting a riot, and felony street gang activity.

Police arrested Daquan Ortiz on Feb. 21, on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. The Vance County Superior Court grand jury certified an indictment on the charge in March.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the trio is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers. Henderson police can be called at (252) 438-4141 and Crime Stoppers can be contacted at (252) 492-1925, or online at hvcrimestoppers.com.

Cheek, 17, was arrested in late February on a charge of intimidating a witness in the case. Police also served a search warrant at Cheek’s 315 Davis St., Henderson, home. He received a $10,000 bond and was no longer at Vance County Jail, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Lt. Christopher Ball confirmed that Cheek posted bond, and he along with the two others had not been arrested on the murder charges as of press time Wednesday.

Gary Holden, 21, has an address listed as 251 Ragland Lane; Ramek Holden, 18, has a 198 Cone Lane address, both in Henderson.

The juvenile’s name, case information, dates for trial hearings and documents on file with the court clerk, are sealed from public view while handled in the juvenile court system.

Police found Seward, of 710 Southerland St., fallen at the corner of Nicholas and Davis streets at about 1 p.m. on Feb. 21, about four blocks from his home.

Seward was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center, where police say he was pronounced dead.

Court records indicate Ortiz received a $1 million bond that he had not posted.

Ortiz is scheduled for a court hearing April 30.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.