Man wanted in deadly 2005 stabbing of HU student turns himself in


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man who was wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Hampton University student is now in custody.

Thirty-two-year-old Jihad Amir Ramadan is accused of stabbing 20-year-old Byron Bryant to death in July 2005. He was born with name Justin Faustin, but later had it legally changed.

Hampton police said officers responded to a large fight on Queens Way on July 15, 2005 and found Bryant at the scene suffering from stab wounds. Bryant later died at a local hospital.

Police said investigators identified Ramadan, who was 18 at the time, as the suspect. Ramadan went into hiding and fled the state — eventually becoming one of Hampton’s most wanted criminals.

A spokesperson with the U.S. Marshals service confirmed to 10 On Your Side Ramadan turned himself in at the Norfolk City Jail Wednesday.

The U.S. Marshals Service said they believe constant pressure on Ramadan’s family to give him up and numerous news releases were factors in why the 32-year-old chose to surrender. Ramadan is now faced with homicide charges out of Hampton.

Ramadan was initially booked at the Norfolk City Jail before he was transferred to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. He’s scheduled to appear in court Friday at 8 a.m.

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