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Suspect named after man shot to death outside vacant house

Posted September 27, 2009
Updated September 28, 2009

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— A 40-year-old man was shot to death outside a vacant home in the Eureka Springs community of Fayetteville Sunday evening, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies found Charles Boyens lying in a front yard along Nova Glen Drive shortly after 7 p.m., detectives said. Boyens was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died.

An arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued Monday against Latius Brown, 26, 1710 of Nova Glen Drive. Earlier, police had called him a person of interest in the case.

Brown is described as a black man, standing 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Police warned that Brown is armed and dangerous, and members of the public should not approach him.

Anyone with information on Brown’s whereabouts should call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or an anonymous tip line at 910-484-8477.


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  • Jack Flash Sep 28, 2009

    "Omaha, NE metro area 1.2 million"

    Congratulations. 1 point for you. Fayetteville has a huge gang presence and a huge military presence (which, off base, means unsupervised debauchery involving people who are combat-trained). Yet you want to make it so simple an issue as skin color.

    "jack, Good point. When can we include valid acts of racism committed upon white people to be included?"

    You are beginning to reveal an agenda. You dismiss racism because you're so tired of hearing about it, and then your kneejerk reaction when you can't deny a point is to ask about White victims. Your willingness to accept racism shouldn't have anything to do with who the perp is and who the victim is. You sound as if you look first at skin color and make your decision whether to accept it based solely on that.

  • Hammerhead Sep 28, 2009

    Anybody have a viable solution to this epidemic? Or do we blame poverty? That's a cop out.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 28, 2009

    jack, Good point. When can we include valid acts of racism committed upon white people to be included?

  • Dark_Horse Sep 28, 2009

    "What if this news channel stops reporting the black crimes... Would there be any serious crimes to report? That community needs to stand up and police itself"

    Congrats, you've won the silliest comment of the day award! Take a bow.
    Crime is a societal problem, not racial. Just because the victim or alleged perpetrator does not look like you, doesn't mean that the crime does not affect the community as a whole. And it might not be in your backyard now, but it very well could be.

  • mac240 Sep 28, 2009

    Omaha, NE metro area 1.2 million

  • Jack Flash Sep 28, 2009

    Those places have a shortage of PEOPLE, mac.

  • mac240 Sep 28, 2009

    "notagain1903 - I agree with you. This is a culture problem within that community (not a color problem)."

    My job requires me to travel a lot, and I don't see or hear about crimes like this in places like, Omaha, Spokane, Rapid City, Boise. Then again these places have a shortage of a certain race of people.

  • Jack Flash Sep 28, 2009

    "So where's the real danger?"

    If you respond to accusations of racism by rolling your eyes and assuming they are invalid, the danger is that you will include real incidents of racism in your dismissal and will therefore allow a problem to continue unaddressed.

  • Suasponte Sep 28, 2009

    hope and change.......

  • working for deadbeats Sep 28, 2009

    What's so dangerous about it? I'm not out to hurt anybody. Somebody in this incident was... So where's the real danger?