Newport News double homicide suspect still on the loose from July murder, both families want justice

Posted at 10:33 PM, Oct 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 13:37:08-04

Amos Arroyo is wanted for the murders of 67-year-old Jessie Abraham Barnes and his daughter, 29-year-old Patricia Morgan Joseph

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The family of a Newport News woman and her stepfather are still looking for justice nearly three months after they were both murdered.

Abraham Barnes, 67, and Patricia Morgan Joseph, 29, were shot and killed in Newport News on July 30.

Police have identified the suspect in both murders as Amos Jacob Arroyo, 31, but he fled the scene.

Newport News Police say Arroyo and Joseph were previously in a relationship and they had two children together. The children were home at the time of the shooting.

"I thought it was just so senseless for him to just have that kind of heart to do something to do somebody like that, especially in front of his own children. He wasn't a man, he was a monster," says Barnes' brother, Dale Spratley.

The children have been staying with other relatives since the incident.

However, without an arrest, the family feels like no one is safe.

"Amos knows where they live and he could at anytime might reappear. He might hurt them. They don't know, they just don't trust it and they just want him caught so they can sleep at night," says family member Heather Spratley.

While the family hopes justice will be served, they continue to somehow find peace and happiness.

"To see the pictures of him, it's nice. But to not have him here with me to talk and hug and embrace, it's very hard," Dale says.

If you have any information that may help police location Amos Arroyo, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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