A third teenager has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man who was headed to church when he was approached by robbers at the tail end of a violent crime spree.
Bobby Lannell Hargrove, 16, was taken into custody Tuesday by detectives. He later was charged with being an accessory after a murder, a felony.
The victim in Sunday’s killing was Ronald Glenn Gullette, 44, a former professional heavyweight boxer and a married father of two who was shot in his driveway. His funeral is planned for Sunday, a family friend told the Observer.
Police began making arrests in the robberies shortly after Gullette was killed. On Tuesday, 16-year-old Randy Shaun Lloyd, who is charged with first-degree murder, made his first appearance before a Mecklenburg judge. He is also charged in several other robberies that happened in an eight-hour span on Sunday morning.
A 15-year-old juvenile was also charged in the crimes, but police haven’t released his name because he is a minor.
Police said the suspects engaged in a robbery spree that spanned the city, targeting victims who were walking or stopped at traffic lights.
The suspects are accused of robbing a jogger of $4 and following a 66-year-old man to his home, where they carjacked his minivan.
Police believe Gullette was the final victim just before 10 a.m. He was running late for church and had sent his wife and two sons ahead, according to Thomas Evans, a family friend who has known Gullette since they were teenagers.
“That’s not the type of person that something like this is supposed to happen to because he was such a good, genuine person,” Evans said.
Evans described his friend as a strong man with a kind heart. Gullette took up boxing to lose weight, but got so good he decided to turn professional. He fought in 28 bouts, mostly in the Carolinas. His biggest match was in Atlantic City – a knockout loss to Shannon Briggs, the former heavyweight champion.
But Evans said Gullette’s muscular frame belied a gentle man who often tried to mentor teens.
“I remember Glenn would take (my younger brother) out to play basketball and stuff like that,” Evans said. “With teens, he would instantly get on their level. I’m trying to figure out how this (shooting) transpired because all they would have had to say was ‘We need gas money’ and Glenn would have given it to them.” Staff researcher Maria David contributed to this story.
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