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Army officer girlfriend of Army captain killed in car chase arrested, charged with murder

Army Capt. Clevy Muchette Nelson-Royster, 27, arrested Oct. 15, 2020 on murder charge in the death of Capt. Malcolm X. Perry, according to police. (El Paso County/Released)
October 20, 2020

A 27-year-old woman who claimed to be the on-again-off-again girlfriend of the Army captain who died in a car chase Sunday, Oct. 11, is now the second person in the case charged with his murder.

Clevy Muchette Nelson-Royster, 27, was arrested Thursday night for her alleged participation in the chase that ended with Fort Bliss Army Capt. Malcom Xavier Perry’s death. She was the passenger in the Jeep Cherokee, allegedly driven by 23-year-old Richard Mustapha Sennessie, police believe intentionally rammed Perry’s vehicle, causing it to roll over and catch fire. The Jeep, which was initially identified as a Wrangler, belongs to Nelson-Royster. Nelson-Royster is also an Army officer with the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss.

According to the El Paso police criminal complaint, a woman who said she was Perry’s on-and-off girlfriend for five years, said she ran into a friend she knew as “Ricky”, later identified as Sennessie, at the 915 Vibes bar and grill in the Pebble Village Shopping Center, 10780 Pebble Hills Blvd., next to Lee Treviño Drive.

She allegedly left the bar with Sennessie and they went to Jaguars strip club on Gateway West Boulevard, where they were joined by Perry, who was already at the club.

Nelson-Royster told police a fight broke out and she was punched in the mouth, but she didn’t know by whom. Perry then allegedly told her they should go to his apartment and claims when she and Sennessie arrived, a group of men were attacking Perry in the parking lot.

After she alleges to have attempted to break up the fight, Nelson-Royster told police Perry got into his Audi and drove away. Sennessie began chasing him in the Jeep, with her in the passenger seat.

The Jeep then allegedly began ramming Perry’s vehicle, until it rolled over, crashed and caught fire on John Hayes Street and Zaragoza Road, according to the complaint. Sennessie then alleged exited the Jeep and fled the scene. Police found the Nelson-Royster and Jeep near the scene of the crash. Sennessie was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 13, and charged with murder.

Perry, who joined the Army in 2015 and had been stationed at Fort Bliss since March, called 911 as the Jeep was ramming his vehicle and told the operator ‘I am going to die.’ His body was found in the wreckage of the vehicle and he is believed to have burned alive.

Nelson-Royster was taken to the El Paso County Jail in Downtown on a $500,000 bond. Sennessie was taken to the same jail and given a $1 million bond.


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