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Arrest Made in 1994 Blockbuster Crime

Posted December 2, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Raleigh police say an inmate in a Harnett County prison helped them make an arrest Monday in one of the city's oldest and most frustrating homicide cases.

Police arrested Vincent T. Hall, 22, on charges of killing and trying to rob a clerk at the Mission Valley Blockbuster video store in January 1994. Police Hall was a N.C. State student at the time of the killing. Police had been working for about six months to build a case against Hall, who was serving a 10-year sentence in a state prison in Harnett County for robbing a fast-food restaurant in Fayetteville in late 1994.

Raleigh police Sgt. Ken Sholar (pictured at right) said detectives had been waiting for a long time to make this arrest.

Kier Lohbeck (pictured at left), 20, was shot to death about 1 a.m. on a cold January night in the Mission Valley shopping center parking lot as he left work after closing the Blockbuster store. Another clerk, who asked only to be referred to as Catherine (pictured below, right), left the store with Lohbeck and witnessed the crime from her car as she waited for her car windows to defrost. She tells WRAL-TV5 News that the arrest ends a long ordeal for her.

Hall is charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery. He is schedule to make his first appearance in Wake District Court at 2 p.m. today.

Hall was transferred from the Harnett County prison to the Raleigh Police Department about noon. His only public comment was "not guilty" as he was led in shackles past news photographers to the Wake County jail.

Blockbuster had offered a $50,000 reward after the Lohbeck slaying to help generate leads for police.