Spring Lake murder case featured on Lifetime network
Posted August 8, 2012
Fayetteville, N.C. — The high-profile case of an Army soldier killed during an argument at a Spring Lake nightclub in 2009 will be featured for a second time on "America's Most Wanted."
The show, which airs at 9 p.m. Friday on Lifetime, will highlight the capture of a fugitive first spotlighted on the series more than 18 months ago.
Tobijah Nelson, the prime suspect in the slaying of Army Spc. Charles Clements, had been on the lam since the March 2009 slaying until he was captured last month in Queens, N.Y.
The show segment will include details and an interview with Lt. Bobby Reyes, the lead detective from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, agency spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.
The sheriff’s office, members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Marshal’s Office worked together to apprehended Nelson, who faces charges of accessory after the fact in Clements' homicide and the wounding of Fort Bragg soldier Arthur Mwebe.
According to reports, Clements, a 27-year-old soldier based in Fort Hood, Texas, went to a friend's birthday party at the Ikola Jamaican Restaurant and Lounge, where Nelson and another man, Demar Bryan, 24, were regular customers.
Bryan allegedly began arguing with a woman outside. Clements intervened on the woman’s behalf and began arguing with Bryan.
Investigators said Bryan followed Clements back inside and shot him while on the dance floor. Clements was home on leave from Afghanistan and was due to return to war the following week.
Bryan was arrested several months later by detectives in Seabring, Fla.. He had a false identification and claimed to be relocating to the Miami area.
Bryan, who was extradited to Cumberland County, is awaiting trial on a murder charge.
Investigators have described Nelson as a Jamaican drug lord and Bryan as a violent drug dealer. They said Clements, a father of three, had nothing to do with the suspects' drug activity and met them only on the night he died.
Investigators appeared on numerous television networks in hopes of locating Nelson. The last appearance on “America’s Most Wanted” in January 2011 prompted calls from witnesses who said they saw Nelson in the New York City area.