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Newport News Police Department
Monday August 16th, 2010 :: 09:39 a.m. EDT


Update: Arrest Made of Second Suspect in City's Seventeenth Homicide

Update 8/16/10: Detectives have charged and arrested a second suspect in this case. Oris Wiggins, 30, with no known permanent address, was taken into custody, without incident, just before 8:00 A.M. Monday, August 16, 2010 in the 13000 block of Aqueduct Drive in Newport News. Wiggins was located as a result of the persistent efforts of the Newport News Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. He is charged with one count each of murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Wiggins will be placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

Update 8/13/10: A Crime Line tip led to the arrest of Tawan Tryone Thomas. Thomas was arrested, without incident, just after 3:00 A.M. Friday, August 13, 2010, in the 4200 block of Newsome Drive. Additional arrest(s) are anticipated in this case. An updated booking photo of Thomas accompanies this release.

This is yet another excellent example of the community, media, police and the Crime Line program working together to remove dangerous criminals from our streets.

Update 8/9/10: Detectives have obtained warrants for murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for Tawan Tyrone Thomas, 27, with a last known address in 4200 block of Orcutt Avenue. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Thomas is asked to call the Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. A photo of Thomas accompanies this release.

Update 8/8/10: The victim has been identified as Timothy Terelle Brand, 33. Mr. Brand has no known permanent address.


At about 6:15 A.M. Sunday, August 8, 2010, police and medics responded to the 600 block of 45th Street to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival they located a male victim suffering what appears to be a gunshot wound(s) to his neck area. Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The victim is a 33-year-old male with no known permanent address. Once family members have been properly notified his identity will be released.

Detectives have learned that this single family dwelling functions as a “shot-house”. Apparently, there was a dispute between the victim and others inside the residence and the victim was shot.

There is no definitive suspect information and no known motive at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are asking anyone with information to call Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers may remain totally anonymous, are never required to testify in court and could be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest. Information may also be sent by text message to .

Newport News Police Department
9710 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23605

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Non-emergencies: 757-928-4100

1300 Aqueduct Dr
Newport News, VA 23602

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