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Cary police ask for help in finding murder suspect

Posted May 26, 2010
Updated August 19, 2010

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— Cary police named a suspect Wednesday in the April 12 slaying of Jibrael Menelik at The Grove at Cary Park apartment complex.

Police have been unable to locate Kenneth Lamont Taylor, 33, who is wanted for the crime, and on Wednesday turned to the public for help. Taylor faces a first-degree murder charge.

Neighbors who called 911 on the night of Menelik's death reported hearing two men arguing and a gunshot at 700 Pony Club Circle, off Cary Glen Boulevard and Green Level Church Road.

Police Chief Pat Bazemore said Cary officers have been working with state and federal authorities in a multi-state manhunt for Taylor, who has connections to New York and New Jersey.

“We look forward to bringing resolution to this case (for) our community and, most importantly, Jibrael’s family,” Bazemore said in a statement.

Taylor is described as a black man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. He has close-cropped black hair and brown eyes. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information about where Taylor might be is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or file an anonymous report with Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes.

Menelik’s death was Cary's first homicide since 2008.

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  • findoutthefacts May 27, 2010

    "That's exactly what I was trying to say, all races commit criminal acts, not just blacks. Yeah this case, and the other case is black boys, but they are not the only ones doing these kinds of acts. That's all that I was trying to say in reference to the first response."

    Yeah we get what ya'll are trying to say....there can be 12 black people who commit crimes and one white person and ya'll will pull out the "every race commits crimes" argument.

    I don't know how ya'll find that equal...yes there are crazy people of all races that commit crimes....but when 12% of the US population commits more than their share of crimes...it's a problem not "everyone else does it too".

  • chanelz89 May 26, 2010

    "ALL RACES DO CRIMINALS ACTS."

    That's exactly what I was trying to say, all races commit criminal acts, not just blacks. Yeah this case, and the other case is black boys, but they are not the only ones doing these kinds of acts. That's all that I was trying to say in reference to the first response.

  • Just the facts mam May 26, 2010

    As mentioned, this is not a race or color issue - it is a culture issue.

  • wildcat May 26, 2010

    I guess I don't see color when it comes to this stuff.

    ALL RACES DO CRIMINALS ACTS.

  • wildcat May 26, 2010

    If someone is hiding him, they will be charged with keeping a criminal.

  • findoutthefacts May 26, 2010

    "I guess I don't see color when it comes to this stuff"chanelz89

    So how about telling us when you do pay attention to color, since by your statement you do. I'm willing to bet that it's only in positive cirmumstances.....

  • chanelz89 May 26, 2010

    Ever heard the phrase, "You're walking around with Blinders on"?

    lol alright.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 26, 2010

    chanelz89: "I guess I don't see color when it comes to this stuff. I'm just guessing at how they were raised.

    Ever heard the phrase, "You're walking around with Blinders on"?

  • chanelz89 May 26, 2010

    I guess I don't see color when it comes to this stuff. I'm just guessing at how they were raised.

  • ncguy May 26, 2010

    Here is a link to his rap sheet.

    http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0599502&searchLastName=taylor&searchFirstName=kenneth&searchMiddleName=l&searchGender=M&searchRace=2&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

    kidnapping, indecent liberty with a child, breaking parole, not registering as a sex offender- yada yada yada

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