U.S. marshals arrest man charged with robberies in Fayetteville and Raleigh

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comSeptember 6, 2013 

A man wanted in connection with a robbery in North Raleigh was arrested Friday and charged with taking part in an armed robbery, kidnapping and shooting that killed a man in Fayetteville this week.

Anthony Solomon Porter, who lives in Fayetteville, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and conspiracy to commit felony assault. Members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force arrested him on Gavins Street in Fayetteville.

Authorities also charged Porter, 36, with two felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with an Aug. 17 incident in which a couple were robbed at gunpoint outside an apartment building in North Raleigh.

The charges in Fayetteville stem from the armed robbery, kidnapping and shooting death of Errol Williams of Rockingham. Williams, 27, had stopped at a Kangaroo convenience store early Monday in Fayetteville to ask for directions.

Investigators say Porter and two other men, Eric Lamont Phillips, 31, and Kelly Eugene Elliott, 31, both of Fayetteville, robbed Williams in the store parking lot on Bragg Boulevard and then forced him to drive to Gregory Street in Fayetteville. Williams was shot to death when he tried to flee, police said.

Police arrested Phillips earlier this week on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony drug charges.

Based on the charges against Phillips and Porter, investigators think Elliott fired the shots that killed Williams.

Elliott, who is still at large, is wanted by police on charges of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, three counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, according to Fayetteville police.

Investigators say Elliott should be considered armed and dangerous.

Fayetteville police say Porter could face more charges for other crimes under investigation.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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