Huk-A-Buk owner dies at UAB hospital

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 15, 2001

Staff Writer

Almost a month after the robbery and shooting at Huk-A-Buk Barbecue, owner of the restaurant died yesterday.

The man arrested for shooting Roy Faulkner now faces capital murder charges.

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Derrick Calhoun, 19, of Ramer was arrested two days after the Oct. 17 incident. He was

initially charged with attempted murder and robbery, first degree, and bond was set at $2 million

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said those charges were increased to capital murder after Faulker died at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham.

When Calhoun was taken into custody Oct. 19, he confessed to his involvement in the crimes and is now being held in the Pike County Jail on no bond.

According to Thomas, the last customer left the restaurant on U.S. 231 at Pike County Road 17 between 7:30 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Faulkner was "turning off the lights to close for the evening" when two black males wearing masks entered the restaurant.

After demanding cash and taking a female’s purse, the suspects demanded keys to the vehicles parked outside, Thomas said. When Faulker gave the suspects the keys, they snatched the phone out of the wall.

It was at that point, Thomas said, Faulker was shot.

After he was shot, Faulkner’s wife ran into the parking lot and fired several shots from a pistol to attract attention from motorists on U.S. 231. Nobody stopped and she ran back in the restaurant to set off the burglar alarm.

Law enforcement officers are still looking for a second suspect Kenneth Andre Cargill, 26. Cargill is a black male who weighs about 145 pounds and is 6’2" tall.

"He’s still on the run," Thomas said of Cargill.

Deputies recovered the SKS assault rifle believed to have been used in the crime from a creek in Montgomery County. They also recovered the keys reported stolen.

Thomas expressed sympathy to Faulkner’s family and said his department continues to work on the case, trying to locate the Cargill.

The sheriff’s department has been assisted by the District Attorney’s Office, Violent Crimes Task Force in Montgomery, the Troy Police Department and the Department of Public Safety during the investigation.