Suspect named in weekend homicide

Drive-by shooting victim arrested in 2009 murder
Dec. 04, 2012 @ 05:02 AM

SANFORD — Police named a suspect Monday in a drive-by shooting over the weekend in which one man was killed — who himself was charged with murder in a 2009 nightclub homicide.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Kendrell Jamar Sanders, 22, on charges of first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, police reported. Sanford Police Capt. David Smith said the suspect has ties to Sanford through family.

Smith described the suspect as having two distinctive, visible tattoos — a dollar sign on the left side of his face, and a crown with the words "cutthroat" and "1 of a kind" on his neck.

"This young man has really been a thorn in our side; we have been looking for him since August," Smith said. He added that the suspect is wanted on a previous warrant, involving a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

The latest warrants for Sanders stem from an incident on North Horner Boulevard, to which police responded just before midnight Friday. Someone in a southbound car fired shots into the vehicle of the victim, identified as Timotheus Devon Dunbar, 28, of Sanford, according to a police statement.

Dunbar was struck at least once, police said, apparently causing his car to crash into Central Carolina Security at 1142 N. Horner Blvd. Upon their arrival at the scene, officers determined that Dunbar had incurred a gunshot wound to the head.

Requests for comment were declined by staff at the business, and a call to the owner was not returned.

Smith said the impact caused "quite a bit" of damage — smashing glass and also damaging the structure.

"It's at least several thousand dollars," he said.

Dunbar was transported to Central Carolina Hospital, where he died from the injury. According to the police statement, a passenger in the victim's vehicle was not injured.

Besides the most recent warrants, Smith said the suspect has an extensive record dating back to 2007. That year, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety database, he was arrested for possession of Schedule II narcotics (drugs with a high risk of abuse, like Oxycontin), possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a place for controlled substances. He was sentenced to probation in June 2008, for those offenses. A year and a half later, he was sentenced to one month and 15 days in prison for possession of schedule VI drugs (marijuana), carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing justice, as well as an additional five months for possession of Schedule VI with intent to sell. He was released in August 2010.

In April 2009, Dunbar — who was then stationed with 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, earning a a Combat Action Ribbon and an Iraqi Campaign Medal, according to The Navy Times — was one of two men arrested in connection with a murder at Club Bumblebee in Sanford. Killed in the shooting was 22-year-old LaToyia Shantae McIntyre, 22, of Sanford.

Also arrested was Jaquell Maurice Tysor, 23. Smith said he did not believe that Dunbar served any time.

Meanwhile, the investigation into Dunbar's death — and the search for Sanders — continues.

"We really want this guy off the street," Dunbar said. "If the public sees him, they should use extreme caution and call 911."