Arrest made in connection to 2014 murder of Hopewell man

Joseph Emmanuel Crews (Photo: Hopewell Police)

HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Hopewell have arrested a man for a homicide dating back to December 2014.

Today, police arrested 23-year-old Joseph Emmanuel Crews, of Petersburg, for the murder of 22-year-old Treon Marquise Ellis of Hopewell. He’s charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and tampering with evidence. Crews is being held at Riverside Regional Jail with no bond.

On December 14, 2014, at 12:15 a.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of Stewart Ave. for a report of shots fired. Officers found Ellis shot behind a residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Crews was an acquaintance of the victim in this case. Detectives are hoping Crews’ arrest may prompt others with information about this murder to come forward.

“A steady and relentless investigation by all the officers involved led to the arrest of this offender,” said Lt. Damon Stoker with Hopewell Police. “Most of all, we hope the arrest will allow the family of Treon Ellis some measure of comfort.”

Any one who have information on this crime may contact the Hopewell Police Department at 541-2222, or the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers at 541-2202.

Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.

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