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Suspect Sought In Murder Of Transgender Woman In Fontana

FONTANA ( — Fontana Police Detectives have named a suspect in the murder of a transgender woman beaten to death on Tuesday.

Domonique Newburn was found dead in her apartment in the 7900 block of Bennett Avenue.

Domonique Newburn DMV
Domonique Newburn (credit: DMV)

Witnesses said a shirtless black male fled the scene in the victim's car.

The vehicle -- a black Mercedes -- was later recovered about 13 miles from the crime scene.

Detectives served search warrants at two residences in San Bernardino Thursday. Several subjects were detained and some evidence was also collected.

Officials are looking for suspect Dantjier Powell, an 18-year-old San Bernardino resident. He is possibly trying to leave the state, maybe on a bus. He is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 155 pounds with an average build and dark complexion. He is believed to be with Jamie Nicole Cotton, a 25-year-old black female who lives in Highland. She is described as 5 feet 8 inches, about 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Any information regarding the whereabouts of either Powell or Cotton should be directed to the Fontana Police at (909) 356-TIPS.


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