Man charged in missing mother’s death confessed to investigators

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The man charged in the death of missing Virginia Beach mother Bellamy Gamboa confessed to investigators that he killed her, according to court records.

WAVY’s Joe Fisher reports that court records show Lamont Johnson confessed to pushing Gamboa down the stairs and falling on her. Johnson, 41, reportedly told investigators he choked Gamboa until she died.

Johnson also admitted to putting Gamboa’s body in a bag and taking her to Chesapeake.

Police charged Johnson with second-degree murder in Gamboa’s death following a month-long search to find the mother of four. 

“It’s very heartbreaking … No one deserves what he did to her,” said Charisse Gamboa, the victim’s sister. “She was probably fighting and thinking of her children, of course, probably begging for her life and thinking ‘this man is really killing me, he’s really killing me.'”

Johnson told WAVY.com on July 5 that Gamboa was his ex-girlfriend who lived with him and their twin infants at the Diamond Springs Apartments.  

“This is unlike her. I am concerned,” Johnson said when asked about Gamboa’s disappearance. 

Bellamy Malaki Gamboa. (Credit: Virginia Beach Police Department)

In addition to the murder charge, police say Johnson is charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency, abuse of a child for specific incidents on July 2 and 3 involving the twin infants. Police did not release specific information about the charges. 

10 On Your Side obtained court records from 2017 that shed light into Gamboa and Johnson’s relationship. The records show Gamboa and Johnson filed assault charges against each other in April 2017.

On March 26, 2017, Gamboa filed an assault on a family member charge against Johnson for incidents that allegedly occurred on March 5 and March 7 of that year. 

“The dad of my infant twins is continuously threatening me. We argued and he pushed me while I had our baby in my left arm and he twisted my arms,” Gamboa wrote in charging documents about the March 5 incident. “He has bruised me and threatened to kill me. I am afraid he will show up with my key looking for me and harm our infant babies.”

On March 7, Gamboa wrote that Mr. Johnson “grabbed me while I called 911 and threw me on the kitchen floor … He threw my phone in the wall causing a hole, a few minutes later the police arrived. I did not press charges as I fear it will make him even angrier.”

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About a month later on April 20, 2017, Johnson filed the same assault on a family member charge against Gamboa for incidents that allegedly happened the same two days. 

“Bellamy Gamboa assaulted me on two occasions when I attempted to help my 5 month old infants. She slapped me in the face on one occasion and pushed me in my neck on 3/7,” Johnson wrote in charging documents.

A judge dismissed both cases in July 2017. 

Police say Gamboa was last seen around 10 p.m. on July 1, 2018 leaving the Diamond Springs Apartments. 

Johnson said Gamboa left the apartment after the two got into an argument over their children. 

View the timeline of Gamboa’s disappearance

On July 3, police say a towing company towed Gamboa’s car after it was found abandoned by a dumpster on Pickering Street in Lake Edward about four miles from her apartment. 

Gamboa’s family tells WAVY.com her keys and purse were found inside the car. 

For the 28 days she was reported missing, dozens of officers and the community knocked on doors and searched through water and wooded areas looking for any trace of Gamboa. 

On Saturday, neighbors reported a heavy police presence at Johnson’s apartment. 

Johnson was charged with second-degree murder on Sunday, but police say they are still working to recover Gamboa’s body. In an arraignment hearing Monday, Johnson was given a public defender. 

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