RALEIGH -- Four men have been charged with murder and robbery in connection with a Dec. 2 tobacco-store holdup in North Raleigh that claimed the life of clerk Majid Mohram.
Detectives from the Raleigh police homicide unit on Saturday arrested Kwamane Monte Everett, 21, of 5504 Chatt St. in Raleigh and Dariel Haddock, 20, of 1641 Caleb St. in Greenville. They are charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit the robbery, according to arrest warrants served by police.
On Sunday, detectives were bringing Steven Marcel Cooley, 20, of Greenville and Demario Quentel Williams, 21, of Greenville to Raleigh to face murder charges.
All four men were being held in the Pitt County Jail in Greenville in the Jan. 8 robbery of a Food Lion store on 10th Street in Greenville.
Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said the charges in Raleigh resulted from "a multi-agency investigation, which remains ongoing." Detectives had noticed Similarities between the Raleigh and Greenville robberies, he said.
Mohram, 39, was working at the M3 Tobacco Store at 3132-101 Calvary Drive on that Friday evening when men armed with a handgun entered the store about 8:30 p.m. In pictures taken by the store's surveillance camera and released by police, one man is seen holding a gun in his right hand, his finger appearing to be on the trigger. He is hooded in a military-style parka, and his back is to the camera.
Mohram, who was popular with customers at the store, was shot and later died at WakeMed, where he was rushed by EMS crews. In the warrants, police say that Everett and Haddock took Mohram's wallet, cell phone and keys and about $300. They say the cash was taken from Mohram's "person and presence." They did not spell out how much robbers took from the store and how much from the clerk.
Greenville police arrested Everett, Haddock,Cooley and Williams just before midnight on Jan. 8. They were charged then with common law conspiracy, robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. Everett was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Haddock was charged with felony conspiracy.
When Williams was arrested in Greenville, his name was listed as Demarus Onte Williams and his age as 22, according to Greenville police records, but Raleigh police said he is the same man.
Mohram, known as "Mike," often greeted customers with a smile and a high-five, patrons said the day after the killing. He had come to the United States from Yemen, they said.
"If you were a couple of dollars short on anything, he'd look out for you," said Anthony Beatty, a frequent customer. "He was good to everybody."
Beatty said he visited the store 15 or 20 minutes before the shooting. Mohram liked to joke with customers and had nicknamed Beatty "Shorty" because of his slight frame, Beatty said.
Raleigh police said the day after the M3 robbery that they were seeking two suspects. It is unclear when they expanded the case to include the pair charged Sunday.