Norfolk man in ‘dance floor murder’ sentenced to prison time

Tobias Kinte Loftin (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Tobias Kinte Loftin (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 39-year-old Norfolk man learned his fate Wednesday for what prosecutors tagged as the 2016 “dance floor murder.”

Tobias Kinte Loftin was sentenced to 55 years in prison for first-degree murder, use of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

A jury found him guilty of those charges following a two-day trial in June.

Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis, who presided over the trial, also ordered Loftin to pay a fine of $45,000.

Loftin has prior convictions for attempted robbery, malicious wounding, and use of a firearm, according to Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle.

The case

In the early morning hours of Aug. 27, 2016, Loftin and the victim, Demetrius Darnell McCloud, were on the dance floor at Club Embassy on Virginia Beach Boulevard.

After exchanging brief words with each other, the victim turned around and Loftin shot him in the head from behind. McCloud died at the scene, prosecutors said.

Within 12 hours of the crime, anonymous callers began offering the street name of “Boss Hog” as the potential suspect.

Detectives were able to determine that “Boss Hog” was Loftin “due to previous cases concerning him,” prosecutor said.

Virginia Beach Police detectives were able to access security camera footage from Club Embassy.

“Loftin was captured on video committing the homicide and fleeing from the scene through a rear doorway,” Stolle said in a news release. “During the trial, two witnesses who were present at the scene identified Loftin as the shooter.”

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.