2 wanted, 1 arrested months after double robbery at gunpoint at shoe sale at Walmart in Lincoln Co.


LINCOLNTON, North Carolina (WBTV) – A man has been arrested, while two others have warrants for their arrest in the double armed robbery of two people trying to sell shoes at a Lincoln County Walmart in November 2021.

Two people were robbed at gunpoint while trying to sell shoes to two unknown suspects in the Walmart parking lot at 7131 NC 73 Hwy, law enforcement says.

Detective D. Hendrix of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office used video obtained at the scene, social media posts and cellphone recordings to identify three suspects in the case.

The men have been identified as Elijah Levi Whitley, 19, NKosi La’Darris Michael, 20, and Jefrey Chase McMurray, 19, all of Charlotte, as suspects.

The men are each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, criminal conspiracy, misdemeanor assault while pointing a firearm and misdemeanor possession of stolen property.

McMurray was arrested in Charlotte on January 22, 2022 and then released the same day on $25,000 bond. Whitley and Michael have not been arrested and still have active warrants.

In this November 17, 2021 situation, deputies reported that the salesman and a friend met two unknown suspects around 3:30 p.m. after making arrangements via social media to sell them tennis shoes worth $640. The parties met at the victim’s car to examine the shoes.

As the salesman showed the shoes, the two suspects pulled out handguns with extended magazines and demanded the shoes and any cash they might have.

The seller had no cash, so the suspects drove off with the shoes in a black-colored Honda passenger car. They pulled out of the parking lot but the salesman didn’t get directions.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Whitley and Michael is asked to contact detectives at 828-455-6762 or the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

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