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Cary homicide suspect arrested in N.Y.

Posted August 19, 2010

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— Cary police say that the suspect in the town's first homicide since 2008 has been arrested in New York.

Jibrael Menelik, 28, of Apex, was shot at 700 Pony Club Circle in The Grove at Cary Park apartment complex and died at Duke University Hospital on April 10. In late May, Kenneth Lamont Taylor, 33, of Durham, was named as a suspect.

Police announced Taylor's arrest Thursday in Mastic, N.Y., after a three-month search by federal, state and local authorities.

Taylor was being held in New York while local officials work to extradite him to Wake County to face a charge of first-degree murder.

"I hope that today's arrest, in some measure, brings a level of comfort and closure to Mr. Menelik's family and loved ones," Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said in a recorded statement posted online.

Cooperation from residents of the apartment complex, off Cary Glen Boulevard and Green Level Church Road, helped crack the case, she said.

"We very much appreciate our relationship with the residents of The Grove at Cary Park," Bazemore said. "Their cooperation in this investigation was critical in our being able to solve this crime."

Police have not commented on a motive in the shooting.

Neighbors who called 911 reported hearing two men arguing, then a gunshot.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant, a woman who lives at the apartment told investigators that Menelik had been there for several hours, and she woke up and heard him arguing with a man in a hooded sweatshirt. She was trying to get out of the apartment through a bedroom window when she heard a gunshot.

State Department of Correction records show that Taylor, whose criminal record dates to 1998, has two prior convictions for taking indecent liberties with a child and one for second-degree kidnapping, among others.

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  • mewubbau Aug 20, 2010

    kcr-i totally agree!!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 20, 2010

    Good job in staying persistent.

  • kcr4982213 Aug 19, 2010

    1997 Indecent liberty w/ child...1998 Failure to register as sex offender...2000 credit card fraud, 2nd degree kidnapping...2003 driving w/ license revoked...2004 Indecent liberty w/ child again....Soooooo, why was he walking our streets? I suppose so he could kill a man in 2010....Our court system at its best!

  • UPTOP Aug 19, 2010

    He's moved up in crime, now he's gone for good !!

  • shortcake53 Aug 19, 2010

    Yay for law enforcement. Good job.

  • Just the facts mam Aug 19, 2010

    I am glad they caught him!!!

  • wildcat Aug 19, 2010

    they got him and now he is in jail until his trial.

  • The Butterfly Pirate Aug 19, 2010

    of course he was from durham, no big surprise there

  • mshood7 Aug 19, 2010

    Ahh yes, they always head for NYC. Unfortunate that crime touches all of us even in Cary, which is a wonderful place to raise your family. Then some scumbag like this comes along and I hope they throw the book at him. Crime doesn't discriminate!