CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said two people were arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 7-Eleven clerk in southwest Charlotte.
On Tuesday morning, officers spotted the vehicle used by the suspects in the homicide and tried to pull over the driver near Park Road and Highway 51.
Police said the driver took off and officers chased him to Concord, where the suspect then ran away. 29-year-old Treyvonte Luwanne Lockhart was later taken into custody near I-85 and Sugar Creek Road.
The second suspect was found around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday driving a car near the Quail Corners Shopping Center on Park Road at Sharon Road West. Officers said 44-year-old Geoffrey Ford ran away as well but was taken into custody a short time later.
The deadly shooting happened December 9 at the 7-Eleven on Westinghouse Boulevard. The victim was 55-year-old Khaled Mohamad Elmerkaboui. Investigators say Ford pulled the trigger, and Lockhart drove the getaway car.
CMPD said 7-Eleven offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Elmerkabaoui's murder. Crime Stoppers added another $5,000 for a total reward of up to $15,000.
Lockhart was charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen property. Lockhart will be in court on Wednesday afternoon.
Ford was charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. He will be in court on Thursday.
The pair were also charged in an attempted armed robbery at China East in Fort Mill that occurred on November 29. Police said Lockhart and Ford entered with guns through the restaurant's open back door and demanded money. They left without getting any cash.