Isaac Newton’s third law of relativity states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Some might interpret that to mean that eventually “karma” catches up to all of us and we have to face the consequences of those reactions, especially in the case of criminal activity...
For almost two decades, authorities had been on the hunt for one of America’s most wanted criminals. However, when he seemed to vanish without a trace, they started to wonder if he would ever be forced to pay for his despicable crimes. Yet, 16 years later, justice is finally being served…
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On July 8, 2002, 38-year-old Andre Neverson visited his older sister’s home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. While there, he allegedly started arguing with her. Patricia, 39, was a single mother with two kids working as a nursing administrator. According to the police, the argument was about money.
The police believe Neverson had lent his sister money for her home. During their fight, Neverson was angry that Patricia still hadn’t paid him back. When she didn’t have his money again, Neverson allegedly pulled out his gun and shot her.
The Rampage Continues
Patricia was later discovered in her home. She died because of two gunshot wounds, one to her stomach and one to her head. But Neverson’s rampage didn’t end there. The following day, Neverson went to visit his ex-girlfriend, Donna Davis.
Donna was studying hospital administration at the Audrey Cohen College in Queens, New York. On the afternoon of July 9, Neverson drove to the school and picked Donna up after one of her classes. Donna thought Neverson just wanted to talk, but the 38-year-old had more violent intentions.
Another Senseless Death
After Donna got into Neverson’s minivan, he allegedly shot her in the head. Neverson then drove to Brooklyn and dumped his ex-girlfriend’s body on a vacant lot that was overgrown with weeds. Donna’s body was found in the weeds two days later.
Investigators from the New York Police Department believe that Donna had broken up with Neverson, and the shooting was an act of revenge. Police immediately started searching for Neverson around New York. They also started an investigation into the two murders that they suspected he was responsible for.
A Criminal Record
They found that Neverson wasn’t even supposed to be in the United States at the time of the murders. According to police records, Neverson had been arrested in 1992 after he shot a former girlfriend’s uncle, Earl Mitchell. Neverson shot Mitchell in the leg when the man tried to break up a fight between Neverson and his niece.
For the shooting, Neverson was charged with attempted murder and served five years in prison. When he was released on parole, Neverson, who was originally from Trinidad and Tobago, was deported to Jamaica. It wasn’t until early 2002 that he came back into the country with his older sister’s help.
A Loyal Sister
Patricia got Neverson a fake passport, which cost her and the mother of Neverson’s child $10,000. Even after all that Patricia did for her younger brother, he still allegedly shot and murdered her a few months later. According to the police, Neverson was still on parole for attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a firearm when he killed Patricia and his ex-girlfriend.
The Phone Call
Yet after those two murders, Neverson completely disappeared. The police failed to find any trace of him aside from a short phone call he made to his father, Denzil Humphrey, telling him that he’d never see Patricia again. Neverson’s mother was devastated by the news and called for police to get justice for Patricia.
A Mother’s Fury
“I want my son off the street, but I don’t just want him in jail. He deserves worse than that,” Neverson’s mother, Erine, told the New York Daily News after the loss of her daughter. “I want to ask him how he could do that to his sister.”
It wasn’t until a few months later, however, that Neverson popped up again. On November 6, 2002, Neverson climbed through the window of another ex-girlfriend’s apartment with a gun in his hand. He told the woman that he didn’t want to hurt anyone but he just wanted to see his daughter.
The Most Wanted List
When the woman’s brother confronted him, Neverson immediately fled the apartment. Police officers searched the surrounding area for Neverson but failed to find any trace of him. In 2004, the U.S. Marshals took on the search for the fugitive and added him to the ‘15 Most Wanted’ fugitives list.
A Dangerous Criminal
The U.S. Marshals described Neverson as a dangerous criminal who was likely armed. They warned that Neverson spoke several languages and would change up his appearance to disguise himself. In 2005, investigators got a tip that Neverson had been seen in Trinidad, but they failed to find him when they searched for him there.
16 Years Later
For years after that, authorities heard nothing of Neverson and weren’t even sure if he was in the United States anymore. However, 16 years after the two murders, the U.S. Marshals got information on Neverson’s location. According to the tip, Neverson was hiding in Connecticut.
A Big Mistake
In early September 2018, police arrested a man for reckless driving. At the time, they didn’t realize that the driver was actually Neverson, since the man gave them a fake name. The driver was released on bail before his fingerprints revealed his true identity to the police. It was only after Neverson had been released that the Bridgeport police realized their mistake.
Police and federal officials went to the house where they had heard Neverson had been hiding. When they saw him leaving the home at around 3:45 in the afternoon on September 4, they arrested him on the spot. After his arrest, authorities brought Neverson back to Brooklyn’s 71st Precinct.
According to the U.S. Marshals, Neverson was arrested not only for the murders of his sister and ex-girlfriend but also for violating the terms of his parole as well as illegally entering the country after his deportation. He will now be forced to face the consequences of all his crimes.
The Search is Finally Over
“The United States Marshals Service is extremely pleased to have a violent criminal, who murdered two women in New York, off the streets of Connecticut after 16 years on the run,” U.S. Marshal Brian Taylor, District of Connecticut, said in a U.S. Marshals press release.
“I haven’t really digested it,” Patricia Neverson’s son, Akim Neverson, told the New York Daily News after hearing that his uncle had finally been found and arrested. “I’m definitely relieved he’s somewhere, rather than he’s jumping out of some bush, trying to end my life.”