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America’s most wanted Trini, Andre Neverson.

Stories by Dominic Kalipersad

New York police believe their most elusive criminal fugitive, Trinidadian Andre Neverson, may be hiding out in Morvant and is being protected by criminal elements in the area or by a lover.

So, as an incentive for information leading to Neverson’s arrest, the chief investigator in the case, Manny Puri, of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force of the United States Marshals Service, based in New York City, is pressing for an increase in the cash reward his agency has offered.

At present, the rewards total US$37,000, but Puri’s proposal could see his agency increasing its offer by 100 per cent and the cumulative total reaching US$62,000.

In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Puri said, “The US Marshals Service is offering a reward of US$25,000. Then there’s the New York Mayor’s award of US$10,000, plus Crime Stoppers is offering US$2,000.

“I’m trying to get the US Marshals’ reward raised to US$50,000.”

Neverson is wanted for double homicide, parole violation and illegal entry into the US.

Police accuse him of fatally shooting his sister, Patricia Neverson, 39, at her home in Crown Heights, during an argument over money on July 8, 2002.

Neverson had reportedly loaned Patricia money to buy a home, but eventually wanted the house as repayment.

Police also believe that after shooting his sister in the head and stomach Neverson abducted his former girlfriend, Donna Davis, 34, and shot her dead too.

Davis’ body was found in Queens three days later with gunshot wounds to the head.

At the time of both murders, he had been paroled by the State of New York for attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a firearm.

Four months later, Neverson reportedly used a handgun when he attempted to visit his daughter at the home of another ex-girlfriend, but fled the scene when the woman’s brother arrived.

Pete Margraf, homicide detective at the 71st Precinct in Brooklyn, who has been tracking Neverson since the murders, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday, “This case became more than just a domestic homicide because of the cold-blooded manner in which Neverson killed the two women. This guy needs to be caught.”

Puri said Neverson has eluded detectives because he has been using false identification and is now believed to be wearing a dreadlocks wig.

He said Neverson had been deported from the US in July 2000, but returned two months later under a false Jamaican passport which had been obtained by the sister whom he allegedly murdered.

Puri and Margraf believe Neverson may now be hiding out in Trinidad under the protection of criminal elements.

Margraf said, “We got a lot of tips that he is in Trinidad right now. He may have got arrested, actually was in custody at one time.

“He may be hanging out in Never Dirty, being protected by guerillas, gangs.

Puri said, “We have heard of several sightings in Trinidad, some from people who actually know him, but no one wants to get involved.

“The most recent report, within the last month, was he was seen in Never Dirty, but that person won’t come forward to speak to us.”

Puri admitted, however, that Neverson may have already found another hideout.

“It’s in the works to come to Trinidad,” he said.

“America’s Most Wanted (TV show) said he’s in prison in Trinidad. But it’s very hard to verify that, cut the political red tape and so on.” Nevertheless, Puri said the US Marshals Service will be making arrangements with the relevant local authorities.

However, Deputy Police Commissioner Winston Cooper, when contacted on Wednesday afternoon, said he knew nothing about Neverson and could not verify any request for assistance from the US Marshals Service.

Police Commissioner Trevor Paul, when contacted on Thursday evening, said: “Those kind of matters I would not broadcast on the media.”

Puri said anyone wishing to give information about Neverson can do so anonymously by calling 1-880-336-0102.

“There’s a whole lot of ways we can get you the (reward) money without anyone knowing,” he said.

America’s most wanted Trini

Andre Neverson has been featured eight times on the American fugitive-hunting television show America’s Most Wanted, the last one on June 11.

He is currently on the New York State’s list of 100 most wanted fugitives, the New York Police Department’s 25 wanted list, the US Marshals Service’s 15 most wanted fugitives list and the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency’s top ten most wanted list.

Manny Puri, deputy, New York/New Jersey regional fugitive task force of the United States Marshals Service, said: “His (Neverson’s) first crime was when he shot his girlfriend’s uncle. He went to jail for five years, got criminally deported, went to Jamaica, got a fake passport and came back into US around 2000.

“He was a bouncer at Caribbean clubs, a DJ, and was very much into buying and selling cars and Caribbean music on the Internet.

“He is still considered to be very dangerous.”

Neverson’s profile

Aliases: Troy Michael Anderson, Troy Michael Henderson, Trey Michael Henderson, Andre Humphrey, Andre Henderson.

Physical characteristics: Very muscular build; bald; may be wearing a dreadlocks wig; sometimes wears a goatee.

Other characteristics: Speaks with American accent; speaks other languages.

Habits: Works out a lot; acquaintances say that at times he is very calm and serene, but has a violent temper; has many girlfriends and may be hiding by one now.

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Victim’s mom: ‘I hope he gets what he deserves!’

When Daisy Davis migrated to New York on July 12, 1969, the young cosmetologist had big dreams for her baby daughter Donna, then 15 months old.

By the time Donna died, on July 8, 2002, at the age of 34, she was well on her way to achieving the legendary American Dream that Davis had envisioned.

She was five months away from graduating with a Master’s degree in Medical Administration at Audrey Cohen College, in Queens, New York.

“Donna’s whole life was about her education,” Davis said in a telephone interview from her home in east Flatbush, Brooklyn, on Wednesday.

“She got her associate degree at Hunter College, her BSC at Toro University in Manhattan. It was as if she could never get enough education. She was so looking forward to graduating on December 17, 2002.”

Ironically, whoever took Donna’s life nearly three years ago apparently also took away her books.

“When they found her body in Canarsie, the only thing I got was one side of earring. No books,” Davis said.

The last time Donna was seen alive, she was in her ex-boyfriend, Andre Neverson’s minivan, outside the college at which she had a night class.

It was the same day Neverson had allegedly shot his sister Patricia dead.

Donna’s battered body, bearing gunshot wounds to the head, was found three days later in a weed-choked lot in Queens.

“Neverson has to be held accountable,” Davis said calmly yet sternly.

“They were not living together, not engaged. Donna was getting on with her life. There can be no reason for killing her.”

Although their romantic relationship had recently ended, Donna had maintained contact with Neverson.

“She would give him an ear,” Davis said .

But Davis recalled having always been sceptical about the friendship this good-looking, muscular, streetwise six-footer had with her ambitious daughter.

Donna had first met Neverson several years before when she lived with her parents at Crown Heights.

“He was passing by and offered to help her with her car,” Davis said.

“But, as a mother, you know, you pick up certain things about a guy. First of all, he could not talk to me. He could not converse. Perhaps, he had something to hide,” she said.

“She used to say he was a complainer, people saying this about him or that about him.

“Whenever we would go out and her cellphone would ring, she would say ‘I’m with my mom.’ He was always checking upon her; wanted to know where she was.

“He had an ego problem. But Donna was a strong-willed person. He could not really control her.”

What the Davises apparently did not know was that Neverson had a reputation as a ladies’ man and had several children with other women.

“I don’t know how much Donna knew of that. I certainly didn’t know he had children and women. It was afterwards that we heard he was some kind of Romeo,” Davis said.

They also didn’t know he had a formidable criminal record, including the 1992 attempted murder of Earl Mitchell, an uncle of another ex-girlfriend, for which he served five years in jail.

“It was cruel irony,” Davis said, “when I remember things like one day, right here (at home), he told me, ‘I love Donna. I would never hurt Donna.’ He told so many lies.”

Within months of their love affair ending, Donna’s life was brutally brought to an end.

Neverson has been on the run ever since.

But he took time to continue to torment the Davis family by sending Donna’s mother a chilling note that read: “You’ll never see her again.”

“It was not signed, but I knew it was that guy,” Davis said.

Last month, she told the New York Daily News, “He needs to suffer. He needs to be caught and to suffer.”

On Thursday evening, she told the Sunday Guardian: “I did not want him to know I am in pain, because he is a monster, and I didn’t want him to be gloating.

“I just wanted him to know that he would pay. They would hold him at some point.

“Wherever he is, somehow, somewhere, they will find this guy.”

Donna’s father Clyde, a retired mechanical engineer, and her brother Clint, 33, are still trying to cope with the brutal killing, Davis said.

“Clyde has always been a very reserved person. Introverted. You could tell he’s hurting though. There’s a lot of pain there.

“Clint. He’s coping somewhat better.

“But, you know, the things we liked to do, we don’t want to do anymore. Like travel. You want to do it but you can’t get it together.”

In the meantime, Davis gives much credit to the investigators who, she said, have been relentless in their pursuit of the suspected killer.

“You know, quite often people say police don’t do their job. Well, detective (Pete) Margraf is on this case like white on rice. He calls me every week, saying ‘Hang in there. We gotta get this guy.’”

Davis said she suspects Neverson has accomplices to his flight from police custody.

“I just can’t understand how one person can be so evasive, although I don’t think he could be doing it by himself.

“It’s frustrating.

“The last I heard he was in Trinidad.

“I really hope he will get what he deserves.

Next week Friday, on the third anniversary of Donna’s killing, Davis plans a day of reflection.

“On July 8, I meditate. I think of her. I go to the cemetery.

“I look at her (greeting) cards. She would send me a card for no reason. I would read them.

“I would be thinking of her, reading her cards, remembering the good times we shared.”

Davis said she has kept scores of cards her daughter had sent her.

She read from one of them: “Dearest Mummy, you are definitely the best. I couldn’t ask for more. May God continue to bless and keep you.”

 

 

 

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