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Cary man charged in town's first homicide of 2015

Posted May 11, 2015

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— A 54-year-old man was charged late Sunday in connection with the death of a 72-year-old man who was found dead inside his car at the High House Crossing shopping center on N.C. Highway 55, Cary police said.

Dwight Anthony Blount, of 870 Buckingham Court in Cary, is charged with murder in the death of Luciano Mariano Andia. Blount was being held without bond in the Wake County jail early Monday.

"We hope this arrest brings some measure of closure to Mr. Andia's family," Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyme said in a statement. "We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in bringing the suspect into custody so quickly."

Police discovered Andia's body at about 7 a.m. Saturday, but they have released few details about the injuries that led to his death. A witness who found Andia and called 911 said the man had been shot. Authorities have not released any information about a possible motive for the crime.

Blount has a criminal history dating back to 1981, when he served eight years in prison for second-degree kidnapping, according to state records. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 and released in 2006.

Blount's most recent conviction was for felony breaking and entering in 2009. He served eight months.

Andia's body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

His neighbors described him as a kind, gentle man who was still working at his age to support his family in the United States and his native Venezuela.

"It is so sad he was shot here in America," Natalia Semishkina said. "They came here looking for a better place to live, and they found such a tragic end."

Glenys Bailey said he worked the early shift at the Dollar Tree in the shopping center and often arrived before his start time to make sure he wasn't late. He would sit in his car and read a book or newspaper while waiting for the store to open.

"He was a very, very loving, caring family man," Bailey said. "It's very, very tragic, and we just hope they can get some help."

A spokesman for Dollar Tree declined to comment, citing respect for the family's privacy.

Andia also worked in the call center of American Sexual Health Association at Research Triangle Park, connecting people with social services and providing some couseling. His coworkers have established a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his family.


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  • Chris Vet May 11, 2015
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    So what-- they don't have the type of minority population that the US does

  • Louis St.Lewis May 11, 2015
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    Most European countries have a 20 year incarceration limit and they have a MUCH lower recidivist rate than the good old US of A!

  • Angie Cox May 11, 2015
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    very true!!!

  • Dan May May 11, 2015
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    Why should we be surprised? This man is a habitual felon with multiple convictions for violent behavior, including murder. If our courts allow him to walk the streets free, the inevitable will happen in time. Many more like him preying on society...

  • Chase Truman May 11, 2015
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    If you ask me, people who are found guilty of murder should never get out of prison... other wise they are likely to do a serious crime again when they get out. This guy is a prime example. He only spent 12 years in prison for murder, and then was released so he could do it again. Our justice system is so incompetent. SMH

  • Fenway O'Donnell May 11, 2015
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    What was the motive?

  • Abrams Tanker May 11, 2015
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    Kinda creepy that there are more comments about a guy killing a dog in Cary than a guy killing a human. WOW

  • Ben Sanders May 11, 2015
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    Should it be assumed that Cary Police checked his router and saw he googled directions to "High House and Hwy 55 Dollar Tree"?

  • Chris Vet May 11, 2015
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    Bet you won't see a protest on this one.

  • Al Smith May 11, 2015
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    Not shown here, but as shown elsewhere, yes, the suspect is black. Naturally.