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Suspect in soldier's 2009 slaying spotted in NYC

Posted July 14, 2011 11:43 a.m. EDT
Updated July 14, 2011 11:59 a.m. EDT

— A drug dealer wanted in connection with the 2009 shooting death of a soldier at a Spring Lake nightclub has been spotted in New York, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Tobijah Nelson, 28, also has ties to the Cleveland, Ohio, area.

Nelson is wanted on two counts of accessory after the fact to the death of Army Spc. Charles Clements, 27, and the wounding of Fort Bragg soldier Arthur Mwebe. Demar J. Bryan has been charged with murder in the shooting.

Clements, a Fort Hood-based soldier on leave from Afghanistan, went to a friend's birthday party at the Jamaican Restaurant and Lounge on March 29, 2009.

Detectives said he 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 on the crowded dance floor, killing Clements and injuring Mwebe.

Investigators have described Nelson as a Jamaican drug lord and Bryan as a violent drug dealer. Bryan was caught in June 2009 in Florida, trying to get to Jamaica.

Investigators said that Clements, a father of three, had nothing to do with the suspects' drug activity and only met them on the night he died.

Nelson is described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair usually worn in dreadlocks.

He might be going by another name.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500.