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Jamaican drug lord wanted in soldier's slaying

Posted January 23, 2011 12:46 p.m. EST
Updated January 23, 2011 12:47 p.m. EST

— Authorities say a Jamaican drug lord is the missing link in the case of a soldier shot to death at a Spring Lake nightclub nearly two years ago.

Army Spec. Charles Clements, 27, was gunned down on the dance floor of the Jamaican Restaurant and Lounge, on North Main Street, on March 29, 2009. Fort Bragg soldier Arthur Mwebe was also shot but survived.

Six months later, the suspected shooter, Demar J. Bryan, was caught in a traffic stop in Florida. Investigators believe that Bryan was trying to get to Jamaica. They said he claimed to be part of the Jamaican community in Fayetteville and had a reputation as a violent drug dealer.

Bryan's suspected accomplice – a man calling himself Tobijah Nelson – remains at large. The man, whose real name is unknown, is believed to be a Jamaican drug dealer.

"He's known to carry weapons. He's very violent," said Sgt. Bobby Reyes, with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

The name Tobijah Nelson is an alias, but investigators believe that someone in the Fayetteville area might know his real name or where he is.

A tip to NC Wanted helped identify Bryan as a suspect, and investigators hope that the public will help them do the same with his accomplice.

If you have any information that could help in this case, call NC Wanted's toll free hotline at 1-866-439-2683. Or go to NCWanted.com and click You don't have to give us your name.

Investigators said that Clements, a father of three, had nothing to do with the suspects' drug activity.

Detectives said Clements defended a woman with whom Bryan was fighting outside the club, then went back inside. Accompanied by another man, investigators said, Bryan returned and opened fire at the crowded dance floor, killing Clements and injuring Mwebe.

"Anybody on that dance floor could have been killed,” Reyes said.

Clements, who was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, was on a 15-day leave from a deployment to Afghanistan.