POINCIANA — The man suspected by Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide detectives of murdering a local hip hop artist who has performed at CityWalk was been taken into custody on Wednesday in Poinciana.
Detectives arrested 26-year-old Calvin Deon Jones of 157 Evergreen St. in Lake Wales, who has been wanted in the past few weeks for the murder of Damien Rahim of Orlando, who was found dead inside a car parked at the Days Inn Motel in Davenport on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Rahim, who also goes by the stage name Khamelien, had been shot.
“The investigation revealed that the suspect and victim were meeting to conduct an illegal narcotics deal,” noted Donna Wood, the public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the arrest.
As detectives started investigating the shooting, “Jones was identified as the suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest,” Wood said. “Jones was located at a residence in the Poinciana area after detectives received a tip regarding his possible location.”
He was taken into custody without incident on Wednesday, and booked into the Polk County Jail.
The case started last month when a man later identified as 37-year-old Damien Dominique Rahim of 8040 Firenze Boulevard in Orlando was found dead in a car at the motel on U.S. 27 in Davenport.
Deputies had gotten a call around 9:20 p.m. that night, and went to the Days Inn Motel at 2425 Frontage Road off U.S. 27 North in Davenport. Deputies found Rahim dead in the car.
The case also attracted attention because Rahim has performed locally, including at CityWalk, as a reggae/hip-hop artist who also goes by the name Khamelien.
The next day, homicide detectives got a warrant for the arrest of Jones, who is expected to be charged with felony murder and armed robbery in the death of Rahim.
Detectives say Jones was positively identified as the suspect in Rahim’s murder, since he was at the same motel the victim was found at.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office noted that Jones has a criminal history, which includes being taken into custody by the Lake Wales Police Department in December 2003 for resisting arrest and then again in February 2006 for possession of marijuana and forgery; by the Haines City Police Department in August 2004 for driving with a suspended license; and by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in November 2007 for failing to register a motor vehicle.
He spent three years in a state prison, the DeSoto Annex in Arcadia, after being convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was released in March 2011.
On his Facebook page promoting his music and live shows, Rahim wrote that “Khamelien is an amazing breakthrough Artist who has rapidly emerged on the scene on an international level. His album Never say Never introduces him to a big audience as a promising new reggae, hip hop, pop, R&B Artist.”
The site notes that he was born Damien Dominique Reid, and adopted the name Khamelien as he immersed himself in his performing.
“Music was always his passion as early as he can remember,” the site notes. “Despite traveling many ‘rocky roads’ through the years, he still managed to complete his first album …. Don’t ever say you can’t do something until you try.”
Raised in Trinidad, he came to the United States “for a better life,” the Facebook page notes.
“Now he can tell you he made the right move,” the page notes. “From the words of Khamelien: ‘It feels good to fit in.’ Describe khamelien in three words: love, respect, honesty … something we all need.”
The singer also has a Web site, at www.reverbnation.com/khamelien.
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