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Fayetteville police ID suspects in convenience store killing; one arrested

Posted September 4, 2013

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— Fayetteville police identified three people Wednesday who they say are responsible for the shooting death of Errol Williams, a 27-year-old man who was gunned down early Sunday after being robbed and kidnapped at a Bragg Boulevard Kangaroo. 

According to Police Chief Harold Medlock, Kelly Eugene Elliott, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon in Williams' death. Elliott's last address was 4750 Dominion Road in Fayetteville.

Anthony Solomon Porter and Eric Lamont Phillips are associates of Elliott, investigators said. 

Porter, 36, of 1319 Odom Drive, is wanted on two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with an incident in Raleigh. Medlock said Wednesday that Elliot and Porter are still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Phillips, 32, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. He was in the Cumberland County jail Wednesday under a $75,000 secured bond. 

After surveillance images and video from the gas station were released, investigators believe Elliot, Porter and Phillips returned to the store Sunday afternoon to steal the surveillance equipment there. They also robbed two customers, police said.

Anthony Porter and Eric Phillips One charged, two sought in gas station slaying

Medlock said Wednesday that investigators believe the men may be responsible for numerous robberies in Fayetteville and Cumberland County. 

"We're very concerned for the public, and I'm concerned for my officers," he said Wednesday morning in a news conference to announce the charges. "We expect additional charges will be filed against these individuals."

A gray Kia Sportage seen leaving the convenience store after both crimes has been seized by police, Medlock said, and authorities are now looking for a white Mercedes SUV. 

Medlock also said Wednesday that investigators believe Williams was in the "wrong place at the wrong time" when he was robbed, kidnapped and shot. 

"(Errol Williams) simply came to the convenience store to get directions and was the unfortunate victim of what occurred," he said. 

Medlock also reiterated a warning issued Tuesday to the public, saying that people need to continue to go about their business while also being aware of their surroundings. 

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to an arrest and callers can remain confidential.

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  • beachboater Sep 5, 2013

    Crimes such as this are the reason so many people are applying for concealed carry permits and buying guns. If someone comes after me, I want to be able to protect myself and my family.

    I hope I never shoot anything but a paper target, but if the situation calls for self-defense, I plan to be ready.

    The victim here was a veteran, a father, and a husband. He leaves a wife and small children. What will the killers leave?

  • Billy_B0b Sep 4, 2013

    They should all be charged with kidnapping and murder.

  • liskm Sep 4, 2013

    Well, stopped in Fayetteville on way thru' during way to the coast this summer for gas because it was cheaper there. After reading all these scenarios, won't be doing that again. If anything, will be finding a route AROUND there to avoid F. COMPLETELY!

  • killing_me_softly Sep 4, 2013

    Git-a-rope, ask them. My comment was a response to another comment.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 4, 2013

    killing_me_softly - "The KILLER is the only one charged for murder so far and he has not been arrested yet."

    That's nice, but how does the law know at this point who the actual killer was? Are they taking the word of the criminals they already have in hand?

    Ludicrous!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 4, 2013

    intuit - "The article indeed reads he was charged with first degree murder and his bail is set at $75k."

    Obviously the magistrate thought life had little value too.

    What a shame!

  • computer trainer Sep 4, 2013

    They all 3 have long records

  • killing_me_softly Sep 4, 2013

    Phillips, 32, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. He was in the Cumberland County jail Wednesday under a $75,000 secured bond.

    @intuit, no it does not say that at all. The KILLER is the only one charged for murder so far and he has not been arrested yet.

  • Midnight1987 Sep 4, 2013

    @kenshi. yes it's on the "news", big deal. Where is the attention to do something about in our communities though? Where are our leaders to get out and protest this ongoing nonsense that keeps getting worse? Chicago had over 500 homicides last year! I guess it starts at home and in our various communities, we are lacking in this department in some areas unfortunately. Just so sad, I can't even walk down my street no more at night.

  • intuit Sep 4, 2013

    @deathrowifeelyourpainnot- I hope the article was updated since you commented. The article indeed reads he was charged with first degree murder and his bail is set at $75k.

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