Demetrius James Anderson
Photo: Mobile (Ala.) Police Department
Photo: Mobile (Ala.) Police Department

Man convicted in Clayton County shooting sought on new murder charge in Alabama

He was convicted of shooting a man in Clayton County and accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in Fulton County. Now he’s being sought by police in Mobile, Ala., on a murder warrant.

Demetrius James Anderson, 34, is wanted in connection with the slaying of Tito Smith, 42, Mobile police said Thursday. It happened at the Phat Tuesday Sports bar April 5 about 1:30 a.m., according to Mobile police spokeswoman Charlette Solis. When officers arrived, they found Smith dead with a gunshot wound. 

Solis said police in Mobile believe Anderson might be hiding out in Atlanta due to his past ties to the area, “including those criminal in nature.” 

Georgia Department of Corrections records show that Anderson was convicted on firearm and aggravated assault charges in 2010 in connection with a shooting in Clayton County. It happened the year prior at an apartment in Riverdale, AJC.com previously reported. Police said Anderson shot Chris Stephens several times at the Pembroke Town Homes off Ga. 85. 

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Police said Stephens and another person gave Anderson money to buy beer. The pair went looking for Anderson about 20 minutes later and found him inside an apartment unit, AJC.com previously reported. 

Stephens and Anderson started arguing, and Anderson pulled out a silver handgun. Anderson shot Stephens several times, but when he pointed the gun at the other man it didn’t fire. 

Anderson was arrested and convicted on two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime,  and one count of impersonating another. According to jail records, he was held in the Clayton Transitional Center until Feb. 18, 2013.

Just over two years after his release, Anderson was accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in Fulton County. 

Atlanta police officers spoke with a woman on March 24, 2015, who said Anderson stole nearly $4,000 in cash from her. The incident happened just before 9 a.m. in the 1500 block of Hollowell Parkway, according to an incident report obtained by AJC.com. 

The woman told police she had known Anderson for eight months and they had been living together for three. They went to cash an insurance check that morning, according to the incident report. 

The woman told police that after they cashed the check Anderson drove to the location, walked to her side of the vehicle and pointed a black and silver pistol at her. He told her to give him the money, the incident report said. The woman told officers Anderson threatened to shoot her “right here in this parking lot.”

He was arrested in DeKalb County about five days later and booked into the Fulton County Jail. However, court records show he was never convicted. 

Anderson is described as being 5 feet, 10 inches tall and about 170 pounds. Authorities said he has a scar between his eyes, a teardrop tattoo on his face, a tattoo on his neck and multiple other tattoos. 

Anderson is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call Mobile police at (251) 208-7211 or send an anonymous tip at mobilepd.org/crimetip.  

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