Police were looking for a Durham murder suspect, but they found his brother instead

Joshua McClain
Joshua McClain

Law enforcement officers who were searching a Durham neighborhood Tuesday evening for a man accused of murder found the suspect’s brother instead.

Jarrett McClain, 24, was taken into custody after authorities searched in the area of Sherron Road, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities said hours earlier that they were looking for 27-year-old Joshua Bernard McClain in the area. Joshua McClain, Jarrett’s brother, is a suspect in a fatal shooting that happened over the summer.

“They look a lot alike,” AnnMarie Breen, a spokeswoman for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, said of the McClain brothers.

Ly Teng Nhiayi of California was found shot to death inside a burning car in the 5000 block of Guardian Drive on July 26. Three other men were arrested in the case. Authorities charged Joshua McClain in November but do not have him in custody.

Investigators said the shooting didn’t appear to be random.

Joshua McClain is still at large and not in the area of Sherron Road, the sheriff’s office said.

Jarrett McClain was detained Tuesday after a pursuit. Authorities said Kairi Fulwood, 21, was also in the vehicle. Charges are pending for both men.

Joshua McClain was released from custody Jan. 8, 2018, after serving three months for a probation violation related to a 2016 conviction of attempting to elude arrest.

He was housed at the Robeson CRV Behavior Modification Center, which houses and provides intense behavior modification programs for men who have violated probation, The News & Observer reported in November.