SALISBURY — Reginald Cummings, the aspiring local rapper wanted in connection with last week’s slaying of 24-year-old Dennis Ray Jackson, was arrested by San Diego police early yesterday morning as he walked along the Mexico/California border, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.
Jackson’s burned remains were found last week scattered in two locations — Wednesday night inside a barrel located on property owned by Bridgewater State Prison and Thursday morning behind a Hyde Park building. A day later, more than a dozen state, local and Boston law enforcement officials searched the Liberty Street apartment Cummings had rented in September and that Jackson had visited on many occasions. Police sources have told The Daily News that Jackson may have been killed and dismembered in the Salisbury apartment.
Police have released few details about Jackson’s death. Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler said that local detectives and state police detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office are heading to San Diego to interview Cummings sometime today.
Cummings, who goes by the stage name R.E. Clipz, has performed on many stages across the area, including the Honey Pot Lounge in Seabrook, and founded Proficient Records based in Haverhill. He has been in trouble with the law before and after graduating Newburyport High School in 2005, and he is known to area police as a drug dealer, according to court records.
According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department website, Cummings was booked at 2:41 a.m. Pacific time, and is being held inside the San Diego Central Jail without bail.
His booking information has the 26-year-old Cummings listed as 5 feet 9 inches tall and 230 pounds.
San Diego police Lt. Michael Hastings said Cummings was seen by the California Border Patrol walking on Dairy Mart Road which abuts the United States-Mexico border around 10 p.m. Pacific time. He was in need of medical attention. As border patrol agents attended to Cummings’s non-life-threatening wounds, they ran a National Crime Information Center computer background check and determined he had a warrant out of Massachusetts for a minor crime. Included in the report was a note to call the Massachusetts State Police as he was wanted as a “person of interest” in the Salisbury murder.