Woman on FBI Top 10 list for murder of pregnant woman arrested in Fayetteville

PHOTO GALLERY: See the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN/CBS) – A Wisconsin woman on the FBI Top 10 Most Wanted list for the murder of a pregnant woman was captured Friday morning in Fayetteville, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Cumberland County Emergency Communications Center received a call just before 1:30 a.m. Friday reporting that a person on the FBI Top 10 list was staying at a motel in Fayetteville. The caller told authorities that Shanika Shantel Minor was at the Airport Inn located at 2701 Gillespie St. in room 122. The caller was able to give a description of Minor in order for authorities to identify her.

Cumberland County deputies responded to the motel where Minor was reportedly staying and confronted the female in room 122. The woman inside the room was, in fact, Minor.

Shanika Shantel Minor. (FBI image)

Minor is a fugitive from Wisconsin where she is accused of killing a pregnant woman in Milwaukee.

Minor was transported to the Cumberland County Jail where she is being detained without bond until federal agents can escort her back to Wisconsin.

Minor is suspected of murdering the woman who had been her mother’s neighbor over a loud music complaint, according to the FBI. The agency says the murder followed a March 6 confrontation with the woman, who was nine months pregnant. CBS affiliate WDJT identified the victim as Tamecca Perry.

The FBI says Minor’s mother complained to her that Perry had been playing loud music at an unreasonable hour. On March 5, investigators say Minor confronted Perry near her home, but Minor’s mother de-escalated the situation. Minor allegedly brandished a firearm and fired a round into the air. The FBI says Minor felt Perry was “disrespecting her family.”

The next day, shortly before 3 a.m., investigators say Minor again confronted Perry at the back door of her home. The FBI says Minor’s mother again tried to intervene, placing herself between her daughter and Perry. Minor allegedly reached over her mother’s shoulder and fired, striking Perry in the chest. Perry and the baby, who was due within a week, both died.

WDJT reports Perry’s two children were home at the time and witnessed the murder.

Minor fled, and hadn’t been seen since.

Minor was charged March 9 with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child in a local arrest warrant. On April 28, she was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

She is the 509th person to be added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List, which was established in 1950.

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