Fugitive arrested in murder, mutilation of Philadelphia transgender woman

A fugitive wanted for allegedly murdering and dismembering a transgender woman in Philadelphia has been arrested in California — five months after the crime, police said.

Akhenaton “Akh” Jones, 36, was taken into custody in Los Angeles for the June 7 stabbing death of 27-year-old Dominque “Rem’mie” Fells, whose dismembered body was found the following day in the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia police said Monday.

Jones is awaiting extradition to the Pennsylvania city, a police spokesman confirmed to The Post on Wednesday.

The connection between Jones and Fells was not immediately clear. A police spokesman said that information has yet not been disclosed by investigators. Charges of murder, possession of an instrument of crime, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse against Jones were announced by police in early July.

“The murder of Dominque Fells constituted yet another act of hate and violence against a member of the LGBTQ community,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. “We are deeply disturbed by the facts of this case, and extend our deepest sympathy to Ms. Fells’ family, friends, and the entire LGBTQ community.”

Fells, who lived in the city’s southwest section, moved to Philadelphia from York, Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

She died from multiple stab wounds, and her body was found in the Schuylkill River with her legs severed and trauma to her face and head, police told the newspaper.

Police divers later found Fells’ legs inside a trash bag at the bottom of the river during an unrelated search for two missing teens, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Fells worked as a freelance fashion designer, making wigs and outfits, and enjoyed “having fun and being vibrant,” friend Madelyn Morrison said.

“She always showed us these pieces of hers that were so brilliant, so creative,” Morrison told the Inquirer in June.

At least 34 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been fatally shot or violently killed in 2020, the majority of whom have been black and Latinx transgender women, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign.

Relatives had been supportive of Fells’ transition, but were worried about potential violence she might face as a result, NBC Philadelphia reported.

“She was a person who could light up a room even when she was being quiet,” her father told the station in June. “The one thing that stood out about her is she did her own thing with confidence, which as a family, we all embraced.”

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