School Rape Suspect Named in Indictments

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By Linda Cicoira — The name of the underage suspect charged in connection with the Valentine’s Day rape and abduction of a Northampton High School girl was disclosed in circuit court records Monday.

Kwelli Juwan Spady, 17, of Washington Avenue in Cape Charles, was indicted Friday by a Northampton grand jury on counts of rape by force and abduction with intent to defile. He is considered an adult by the court, which is why the Eastern Shore Post is publishing his name. The crimes occurred at the school. 

The Post does not identify victims of sexual assault, or juvenile victims, which is why the name of the victim is not being disclosed. Lt. Michelle Hallett, of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the crimes. 

Spady was a student at the high school when the incident occurred on Thursday, Feb. 14. A notice to parents was sent home with students the following Tuesday, Feb. 19. Just after the incident occurred, Superintendent Eddie Lawrence, of Northampton County Public Schools, stated in answer to an email query, “The incident is both a student matter involving two juveniles and an ongoing criminal investigation, therefore, I cannot add any further details. We are cooperating with the sheriff’s department with the investigation.”

It is unclear if Spady will be moved from the Juvenile Detention Center in Norfolk, Va., to the Eastern Shore Regional Jail in Eastville.

Twenty-one other suspects were also named in indictments.

Thomas A. Conklin, 21, with addresses of Monroe Avenue in Exmore and Widgen Lane in Machipongo, was indicted on counts of rape and sodomy in connection with crimes that occurred in September 2017. Chief A.P. DiMartino, of the Exmore Police Department, investigated.

Ja’Quan R. Jones, 19, of Franktown Road in Nassawadox, was indicted on a count of threatening to burn his family’s house down on Jan. 31.

Cpl. Carlos Moyano, of the NCSO, was dispatched to the Franktown home, at about 8:45 p.m., for a family fight. He was told the person he needed to arrest had fled into the woods across the street from the residence. 

“I shined my spotlight in the patch of woods and observed a male subject moving through them,” Moyano wrote in the file. Eventually, Jones came out and was put in investigative detention.

Jones told Moyano that he and his 11-year-old brother got into an altercation. His mother intervened and pushed him, Jones said. He blacked out and started swinging his fists. When he came to, he realized he was hitting his mother and stopped, the suspect added.

The mother, Dimitra Cephas, stated she tried to separate her sons when “Jones pushed her onto the couch and started punching her in the face and body.” The suspect “then entered the kitchen turned on the stove burner and stated he was going to burn down the house.”

Juliet Beach Black, 36, of Randolph Avenue in Cape Charles, was indicted on 18 counts of theft, forgery, fraud, and obtaining money by false pretense, in connection with incidents that occurred between July 1 and Dec. 1, 2018, and involved property belonging to Bolton Barron Downing III. Investigator Barry Randall, of NCSO, gave information about the charges to the grand jury. 

Robert Riddick, 41, of Anderson Street in Norfolk, was indicted on a count of felony petty larceny and two counts of credit card theft involving cards belonging to David Harris and Quatisha Whitehurst. The incidents occurred Dec. 21, 2018. Officer Jonathan Gonzalez, of EPD, investigated.

Michael Gregory Rogers, 22, of Gaston Avenue of Durham, N.C., was indicted on counts of selling between a half-ounce and five pounds of marijuana and possessing a firearm while attempting to sell more than a pound of marijuana. The crimes occurred April 28. Officer R.M. Steele, of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police Department, investigated.

Dylan Paul Sokaitis, 25, of West Main Street in Onley, was indicted on counts of intentionally destroying property belonging to Northampton Lumber Company and valued at $1,000 or more, breaking into the company’s shop, and stealing $500 or more. The crimes occurred Jan. 9. Sgt. Chad Kellam, of NCSO, investigated.

Stanley Avon Ames, 62, of Boston Road in Painter, was indicted on a count of driving after he was declared a habitual offender and after previously being convicted of driving while being a habitual offender. The charges stem from a Dec. 4, 2018, incident. Trooper Joshua Schaffer investigated. 

Ashude Na-Val Antomez, 21, of Peartree Road in Elizabeth City, N.C., was indicted on a count of assault and battery of Officer Steele, who gave evidence to the grand jury. The incident occurred March 1.

Joshua Joseph Bourgeois, 31, of Chela Avenue in Norfolk, was indicted on a count of possessing meth on Jan. 16. Officer D. Carpenter, of the CBBT police, investigated.

Jeremiah Washington Brisco, 19, of Cross Street in Exmore, was indicted on a count of breaking into A-Z Used Furniture Jan. 29. Sgt. Adam Zieger, of EPD, investigated.

Jason Scott Clark, 30, of Cobb Station Road in Cape Charles, was indicted on a count of providing false information on a firearm transaction form on Feb. 15. Trooper J. Littlejohn-Miller investigated.

Regina Elizabeth Cloak, 26, of Occohannock Neck Road in Exmore, was indicted on a count of child neglect and abuse, in the care of a five-year-old, between March 1 and 22. Cloak was arrested March 28.

Brittany Carol Doiron, 28, of New Oxford, Pa., previously of Evans Wharf Road in Onancock, was indicted on counts of burglary, grand theft, and destruction of property worth $1,000 or more in connection with incidents that occurred at Northampton Lumber Jan. 9

James William Finney, 54, of Sylvan Scene Drive in Machipongo, was indicted on a count of embezzling property belonging to Onancock Building Supply, in Eastville, Feb 9. Deputy William Garrett investigated.

Samuel Wayne Marshall, 44, of Seaside Road in Cape Charles, was indicted on a count of stealing lumber valued at $500 or more belonging to Onancock Building Supply, in Eastville, on Feb. 9. Garrett investigated. 

Julio Cesar Hernandez Paz, 30, of Trailer Circle in Cape Charles, was indicted on a count of hit-and-run with more than $1,000 in damages on Feb 16. Trooper B.M. Boone investigated

Jeffery Arthur McNeilan, 31, of Parsons Circle in Cape Charles, was indicted on a count of possessing meth on Jan. 23. Deputy Roger Pike, of NCSO, investigated.

Jonta Peters, 35, of Sample Court in Nassawadox, was indicted on a count of maliciously wounding Kendrick Hope on March 6. Hallett investigated.

Shawn Rodney Thomas Jr., 27, of Wilson Court in Cheriton, was indicted on a count of selling between a half-ounce and five pounds of marijuana on Jan 31. Steele investigated.

Ryan Lee Stubbs, 28, of Erwin Court in Cape Charles, was indicted on a count of DUI, the fourth offense in 20 years and third in five years. The incident occurred Feb. 17. 

Shannon Marie Thornton, 30, of Bell Lane in Machipongo, was indicted on a count of assault and battery of Sgt. Jason Campbell, of EPD, on March 7. 

According to court records Thornton repeatedly pulled away from the officer as he tried to arrest her for being drunk in public “and then spit in my face,” Campbell wrote in the file. The officer gave information about the incident to the grand jury.

Daniel Shane Wood, 28, of Ann Avenue in Exmore, was indicted on counts of uttering a bill while knowing it to be false or forged and obtaining currency belonging to Sunrise Pizza in Exmore by false pretense. The incidents occurred Dec. 30, 2018. Office Greg Rippon, of EPD, investigated. 

In another set of papers, Wood was indicted on counts of uttering a bad note and obtaining currency belonging to Robert Sterling by false pretenses. The incidents occurred between Jan. 28 and Feb. 8. Sgt. Adam Zieger, of EPD, investigated.