Baltimore police are actively searching for Jason Billingsley, a repeat violent offender, in connection with the death of Pava LaPere, a 26-year-old tech CEO and founder of EcoMap Technologies. LaPere was found dead on Monday morning at an apartment with signs of blunt-force trauma. An arrest warrant has been issued for Billingsley on charges of first-degree murder and additional offenses. Police have classified him as armed and dangerous.
Billingsley, 32, had previously served time in prison for a first-degree sex offense in 2015. He was released in October 2022 and was registered as a tier 3 sex offender. Court records also show that Billingsley pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in 2009 and second-degree assault in 2011.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley warned the public about Billingsley’s potential for violence, stating that he poses a threat to others. Mayor Brandon Scott expressed frustration, stating that Billingsley should not have been free and emphasizing the need for stronger measures against repeat offenders.
The police are investigating the motive behind LaPere’s death and any possible relationship between her and Billingsley. LaPere’s family released a statement describing her as a driven and compassionate leader who made a significant impact in her field.
EcoMap Technologies, LaPere’s company, focuses on using technology to digitize ecosystems for equitable and efficient access to information. LaPere’s achievements earned her a spot on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list.
Authorities are urging Billingsley to turn himself in, emphasizing that law enforcement agencies are actively searching for him.