Murder suspect already facing charges locally

By: By Chris Berendt -

One of two Sampson residents being sought in a Fayetteville murder already stands charged in a home invasion earlier this year in Clinton, according to police records.

Izaiah Jamal Blue, 20, of the 5900 block of Pine Ridge Road, Faison, is wanted in an Aug. 26 shooting that killed one person and seriously wounded another, Fayetteville Police officials said last week. Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Homicide Unit issued warrants on Blue and Jalyn La-Scott Phillips, 19, of the 11500 block of Keener Road, Faison, saying they should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

Blue and Phillips are wanted on charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon intending to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felonious conspiracy to commit robbery.

While neither is listed as having a prior criminal record in the N.C. Department of Public Safety database, Blue stands charged in connection with a home invasion in early February at a residence on Dogwood Circle in Clinton. Clinton Police officials said at the time that Blue, armed with a gun, assaulted a female resident at the home.

Then 19 years old and listed as a resident on Thompson Avenue, Clinton, Blue was arrested on Feb. 7 stemming from a home invasion late the night before. The incident was reported at about 10 p.m. Feb. 6. A 22-year-old female victim at Dogwood Circle sustained minor injuries when a suspect, allegedly Blue, entered her home armed with a gun.

The female victim told police that Blue barged into her home and pulled her by the arm and hair across her residence. Blue allegedly pulled a long gun, possibly a shotgun, from his pants and aimed it at her left leg, according to police. He then took her cell phone, a Samsung Galaxy Edge valued at $600, and threw it, breaking it, reports state.

Blue was charged with first degree burglary, intimidating a witness, assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, interfering with emergency communication and injury to personal property. He was taken into custody at the Sampson County Courthouse following the domestic-related incident.

His bond was set at $25,000 secured for those charges.

The status of that Clinton Police Department case was not immediately available. However, detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department are now urging Blue and Phillips to surrender in the murder case, even encouraging family and friends to reach out to them and have the two turn themselves in.

While both individuals have addresses in Faison, they are known to frequent Clinton and may be operating a black 2017 GMC Arcadia with a North Carolina registration of EKM-8858, police said. Additional charges may also be forthcoming.

Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting, which occurred at approximately 7:24 p.m. Aug. 26 in the parking lot of the Carlie C’s located at 690 South Reilly Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed a male subject, Nisier Nuriddin, 20, and a female subject, Tontaria Lunsford, 20, were shot in the parking lot. Nuriddin was transported to a local area hospital in critical condition and has since succumbed to injuries he sustained. Lunsford was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with any information regarding the homicide or the whereabouts of Blue or Phillips is asked to contact Sergeant R. Woolard with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-391-0116 or Detective L. Donegain at 910-489-3925.

Individuals can also call Crimestoppers anonymously at 910-483-TIPS (8477) and information can also be submitted electronically by visiting and completing the anonymous online tip sheet, or by downloading the FREE “P3 Tips” app available for Apple devices in the Apple App Store and available for Android devices in Google Play.


Blue stands accused in Clinton home invasion

By Chris Berendt

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