A fingerprint found on a car and a series of pictures of someone using Luciano Mariano Andia’s debit card led Cary police to Dwight Anthony Blount, who is accused of murdering Andia in his car in a parking lot off N.C. 55 earlier this month, according to search warrants.
The search warrants also show that police found one of Andia’s credit cards and a bloody object in a Walmart shopping bag when they searched through trash bags from a bin outside the apartment where Blount lives at 870 Buckingham Court in Cary.
Police say Andia was found dead from blunt-force injuries in his Toyota Corolla in the parking lot outside a Dollar Tree store where he worked at N.C. 55 and High House Road at about 7 a.m. on May 9.
Andia had been hit on the face, skull and “at least one hand,” Detective A. G. Dismukes told Superior Court Judge James E. Hardin Jr. in asking for a search warrant on May 12. The warrant was used to search a 1996 Toyota and the apartment where Blount lives with Rebecca Dawn Meekins and their children.
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Two women called 911 after finding Andia bloody and unresponsive in his car. Police also found that two nearby cars had been broken into, both by having their right passenger windows broken out. It looked like items had been taken, Dismukes wrote.
Detectives also found that Andia’s pants pockets had been cut open and the wallet he usually carried was missing.
The owner of one of the other cars told police she had seen the back door of Andia’s car open and a man in the back seat when she parked.
As investigators from the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Investigation worked through the crime scene, they turned up a fingerprint on the door of one of the other cars, Dismukes told the judge.
Detectives learned that fingerprint belonged to Blount, who served a dozen years in prison for second-degree murder in Durham in 1992. They arrested him at his home the night of Sunday, May 10.
They also got surveillance video that showed a 1996 Toyota Corolla with distinctive paint markings in the drive-thru lane of a nearby Biscuitville around the time they believed Andia was killed. The car was also seen at a number of businesses where Andia’s State Employees Credit Union debit card was used that morning and afternoon.
All the videos showed a man matching Blount’s description driving the Toyota, Dismukes wrote. The car was registered to Rebecca Meekins.
Two days after Andia was killed and a day after police arrested Blount, they pulled trash bags from a bin in a parking lot outside the Buckingham Court apartment.
Dismukes told the judge that detectives found sales receipts from places where Andia’s card had been used that Saturday, clothing and a hat seen in the surveillance tapes, and Andia’s Visa card.
The detectives also said they found “a Walmart plastic bag containing an object covered in a red, dried liquid consistent with human blood.”
Blount is being held in the Wake County Detention Center without bail.
Meanwhile, Andia’s family said they’re overwhelmed by the support they’ve received from strangers and from Andia’s coworkers, both at Dollar Tree and the American Sexual Health Association. As of Monday afternoon, more than $9,600 had been raised at www.gofundme.com/luciano.
Luciano Manuel Andia, Andia’s 40-year-old son, said people have brought by food and flowers.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said.
His 36-year-old sister, Jacqueline Rosciano, said the family is thankful for the swiftness with which Blount was arrested and the strangers who approach them to talk about how kind Andia was to them.
“It would take me a long time to write thank-you cards,” she said.
Jessica Banov contributed to this report.