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Cary police ask for help in finding murder suspect

Posted May 26, 2010 12:38 p.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2010 4:22 p.m. EDT

— 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.