New Zealand markets closed
  • NZX 50

    -89.42 (-0.76%)

    -0.0001 (-0.02%)

    +0.0003 (+0.06%)

    +27.80 (+0.35%)
  • ASX 200

    +26.60 (+0.34%)
  • OIL

    -0.70 (-0.86%)
  • GOLD

    -34.30 (-1.45%)

    -51.87 (-0.26%)
  • FTSE

    -34.74 (-0.42%)
  • Dow Jones

    +15.57 (+0.04%)
  • DAX

    -90.66 (-0.50%)
  • Hang Seng

    -306.80 (-1.67%)
  • NIKKEI 225

    -36.55 (-0.09%)

    +0.5550 (+0.57%)

Man Arrested Over Death of Tech CEO Pava LaPere, 26, Found Slain in Her Baltimore Apartment

Jason Billingsley, 32, was arrested at a train station in Maryland on Wednesday, according to reports

A man has been arrested in connection with the brutal death of tech CEO Pava LaPere, according to reports from The New York Times, USA Today, and CBS News.

Jason Billingsley, 32, was apprehended at MARC Train Station in Bowie, Maryland, on Wednesday, sources told FOX 45 Baltimore.

Baltimore police will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. local time on Thursday, per the outlet. The Baltimore Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

<p>Baltimore Police/Facebook</p>

Baltimore Police/Facebook

At a press conference Tuesday, police said they issued a warrant for the arrest of Billingsley, who allegedly killed LaPere — the 26-year-old founder and CEO of EcoMap Technologies — in her apartment on Monday.


“This individual will kill, and he will rape,” acting police commissioner Richard Worley said at the press conference. “He will do anything he can to cause harm.”

Billingsley was wanted for alleged first-degree murder, according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE from the Baltimore Police Department.

<p>PavaMarie/Instagram</p> Pava LaPere, founder and CEO of EcoMap Technologies.


Pava LaPere, founder and CEO of EcoMap Technologies.

"BPD’s Special Investigations Section is working to determine potential connections to Billingsley and other cases," the statement added, noting that Billingsley had been arrested in 2013, 2011 and 2009 for multiple charges, including "sex offense, 2nd degree assault charges and robbery.”

LaPere was found dead with signs of blunt-force trauma in her Mount Vernon apartment building Monday around 11:30 a.m., police said. The Johns Hopkins University graduate had been reported missing prior to her death, according to authorities.

Related: Special Education Teacher Accused of Fatally Shooting Wife as She Pleaded for Help on 911 Call

Police said they didn’t believe Billingsley knew LaPere.

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases.

EcoMap Technologies wrote in a statement on Facebook that LaPere “was not only the visionary force behind EcoMap but was also a deeply compassionate and dedicated leader.”

“Her untiring commitment to our company, to Baltimore, to amplifying the critical work of ecosystems across the country, and to building a deeply inclusive culture as a leader, friend and partner set a standard for leadership, and her legacy will live on through the work we continue to do," they added.

Related: 'More Satisfying than You Can Imagine': Man Accused of Killing Wife Allegedly Sent Chilling Texts Afterward

In 2013, LaPere was featured on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list for social impact. Her clients included The Aspen Institute, Meta, the WXR Fund, and T. Rowe Price Foundation, according to Forbes.

"She epitomized what it was to be a dreamer,” RareBreed Ventures managing partner McKeever Conwell, who knew LaPere, told CBS affiliate WJZ News. “What it was to be an entrepreneur. She's the type of woman I would want to be a mentor to my daughter."

For more People news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on People.