Two charged with murder in ‘cold-blooded’ killing of 7-Eleven clerk


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Two men have been arrested in connection to the ‘cold blooded’ killing of a 7-Eleven store clerk in southwest Charlotte, police said. The two men also are facing charges in South Carolina. 

Treyvonte Luwanna Lockhart, 29, and Geoffrey Ford, 44, are both charged with the murder of 55-year-old Khaled Mohamad Elmerkabaoui, who was shot to death on Saturday, Dec. 9 while working as a clerk at the 7-Eleven located on Westinghouse Boulevard. 

CMPD said Elmerkabaoui was shot and killed while the store was being robbed by the two suspects, Lockhart and Ford. 

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On Tuesday morning, Dec. 19 around 8:00 a.m., the vehicle used by the suspects in the murder, a silver Hyundai Santa Fe, was located by CMPD. Police said they initially spotted the vehicle off of Park Road and HWY 51. The driver, who was alone, refused to stop and a chase began. 

The police chase ended in Concord, at which point the driver abandoned the vehicle. VCAT officers were able to locate the driver, identified as Lockhart, and took him into custody. 

Later on Tuesday at around 8:45 p.m., VCAT officers were able to locate Ford, who was driving in a vehicle in a residential neighborhood near Carmel Road at Quail Hollow Road. When officers attempted to pull him over, Ford ran from his vehicle. 

VCAT and CMPD officers set up a perimeter and were able to take Ford into custody. 

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Lockhart has been charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession stolen property. Police said Lockhart also has outstanding warrants from South Carolina for attempted armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, and speeding elude. These charges stem from an attempted robbery that had occurred at the China East restaurant on Nov. 29 in Fort Mill. 

Ford has been charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Arrest warrants are also pending for Ford out of South Carolina on the same Fort Mill robbery case, police said. 

This remains an active and ongoing investigation, police said. Anyone with further information is asked to call (704) 432-TIPS. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. 

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