WARSAW, N.C. (WNCT) — The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook Thursday night the arrest of a suspect in the death of a man at his home Wednesday night.
Anthony Antonio Mondie was arrested Thursday in Jacksonville at a friend’s home, officials said. He was taken into custody and charged with an open count of murder. He was then taken to the Duplin County Detention Center and placed there under no bond.
Officials with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office told WNCT’s Claire Curry earlier Thursday they responded to 231 John Rich Rd. in Warsaw on Wednesday at 8:32 p.m. They found Wilbert Bryant, 68, dead in his home. Investigators said they were unsure of the cause of death until an autopsy was performed.
“He was the nicest, kindest person you would want to meet,” said Kneel Bryant about Wilbert Bryant. “He always wore a smile on his face, just about everyone in the county knew who he was. He was always happy to see you and would be ready to talk your ear off about one of his children he was proud of or story he remembered about you. Always willing to give you the shirt off his back. He will be surely missed.”
The Warsaw Police Department and deputies with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office responded. The NC State Bureau of Investigation had been called to assist in the homicide investigation.
Duplin County Sheriff Stratton Stokes said in the Facebook post that, in addition to the SBI’s help, assistance was also given by the Office of District Attorney Ernie Lee, the Warsaw Police Department, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville Police Department.