Police arrest man in connection with woman shot to death in northwest Roanoke Sunday night

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Police Department has arrested a man involved in the death of a woman in northwest Roanoke on Sunday night.

On Friday, May 7, the department announced 35-year-old Todd Manns of Roanoke had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the homicide of Taniko Belt.

According to police, they received calls of shots fired near the intersection of Panorama Avenue NW and Westside Boulevard NW at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. Shortly afterward, officers received reported of a vehicle crash on Peters Creek Road NW and found a single vehicle in the median close to a power pole that was lying in the roadway.

Officers located the driver of the vehicle, Taniko Belt, but she had fatal gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

According to authorities, detectives identified Manns as the suspect, saying both Manns and Belt knew one another.

The department believes this was an isolated incident.

Warrants were obtained and served without incident on Friday, with police thanking the U.S. Marshals Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in helping to take Manns into custody.

Police say this homicide is still part of an ongoing investigation.

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