Two Charged In “Cold-Blooded Murder” of 7-Eleven Clerk Also Charged With Armed Robbery In Fort Mill

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Police in Fort Mill have charged both Ford and Lockhart for their rolls in an armed robbery at a business on November 29th.

According to police, the two men entered through an opened back door at the China East restaurant on SC 160 armed with handguns and wearing dark clothing, masks, and gloves. They demanded money, police say, but took off empty handed when they saw someone calling police outside the business.

They are both being charged with Armed Robbery and Criminal Conspiracy.

Lockhart made his first appearance in Mecklenburg County court Wednesday and is being held without bond on his murder charge. He did receive a total bond of $160,000 in relation to his other charges.

Ford is expected to make his first appearance Thursday.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two men have been charged in what police are calling “the cold-blooded murder” of 55-year-old Khaled Elmerkabaoui, a 7-Eleven store clerk in Southwest Charlotte.

Around 9 p.m. last night, CMPD officers blocked off the road to the Quail Valley on Carmel Apartments following the suspect, 44-year-old Geoffrey Ford, jumping out of a car and running from them.

He is being charged with Murder, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Earlier Tuesday, Detectives also arrested 29-year-old Treyvonte Lockhart, following a brief car chase that ended in concord.

Lockhart has been charged with Murder, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Possession of Stolen Property.

He also has outstanding warrants for his arrest from South Carolina.  These warrants are for Attempted Armed Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy, and Speeding to Elude and are related to an attempted robbery from business which had previously occurred in Fort Mill, South Carolina.