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Charlotte teen charged with killing man found shot inside car

The victim was found along Waterford Ridge Drive on Feb. 19, 2021. More than seven months later, a suspect is arrested.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than seven months after a man was found shot and killed inside a car in Charlotte, police say they've arrested a suspect.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said on Thursday, Sept. 23 that 19-year-old Wajid Khan was charged with the Feb. 19, 2021 murder of 25-year-old Abdulkhaleq Juhaish. Juhaish was found dead of a gunshot wound inside a car along Waterford Ridge Drive just before 8 p.m. that evening.

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Khan is now charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was taken into custody without incident.

Jail records show Khan was previously arrested for robber with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon on April 14, 2021. He was released just more than two weeks later.

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The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to talk with a detective directly, or leave anonymous tips with Crime Stoppers online or by calling 704-334-1600.

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WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be a danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news-editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.

A mugshot for Khan was not immediately available.

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