Police: Teen who fled to North Carolina charged with killing of Johnny Class in Ansonia

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The new Ansonia Police Headquarters, in Ansonia, Conn. Oct. 26, 2021.

The new Ansonia Police Headquarters, in Ansonia, Conn. Oct. 26, 2021.

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ANSONIA — Police said they have arrested a 17-year-old suspect in the killing of Johnny Class, a 20-year-old Stratford man gunned down in a shooting earlier this spring.

Monteral Crews, of Ansonia, was charged with murder, felony murder and criminal attempt at first-degree robbery, Ansonia police said Thursday. Crews was also charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and carrying a pistol without a permit, police said. He was held on $1.5 million bond.

Ansonia police said that Crews was arraigned in juvenile court Wednesday and the matter was transferred to Superior Court, where he will be tried as an adult.

Police said the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force took Crews into custody on May 13 in North Carolina, where he fled following the shooting. The marshals said Crews was with family in North Carolina and came out without incident after task force members spoke with the family. He was not armed at the time of his arrest.

He was transported back to Connecticut last Friday and arraigned in juvenile court on Tuesday. The case was then transferred to adult court in Superior Court in Milford.

Class was shot and killed April 5 in a suspected drug deal on Hubbell Avenue near Sixth Street, according to police. Around 12:50 p.m., a man reported that his friend had been shot on Main Street near Kingston Drive. At the scene, police found Class with a gunshot wound in a passenger seat of a silver Honda. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to police.

Police said Thursday the investigation into the fatal shooting is ongoing, and that “additional arrests are anticipated.”