FONTANA, Calif. — Police have identified a suspect in the slaying of a transgender woman who was found dead in her Fontana apartment.
Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof said detectives believe 18-year-old Dantjier Powell of San Bernardino may be trying to flee the state. They were seeking the public’s help in finding him.
Imhof said investigators have not established a motive in the killing of 31-year-old Domonique Newburn, a YouTube reality star who was found dead Tuesday after neighbors reported a disturbance.
Witnesses reported seeing a man leaving Newburn’s apartment in her black Mercedes. The car was later found in San Bernardino.
Powell was described as black, 5 foot 8 inches tall and 155 pounds, with an average build and dark complexion.
He was believed to be traveling with 25-year-old Jamie Nicole Cotton, of Highland.
Newburn was an aspiring actress who appeared under the stage name “Domonique Duffy.” She starred in the 2010 YouTube series “Hollywood House Boys,” a show about gay and transgender friends.
Newburn was described in the series as undergoing gender reassignment.