Second suspect caught

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 11, 2002

Staff Writer

Almost three months of being on the run has ended for a suspect wanted in connection with the death of a Pike County restaurant owner.

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said Kenneth Andre Cargill, 25, a suspect in the Huk-A-Buk capital murder case was taken into custody Thursday morning in Chicago by members of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Fugitive Squad.

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In November 2001, Cargill and Derrick Calhoun, 19, of Ramer were both indicted by a Pike County Grand Jury for the robbery and death of Roy M. Faulkner, owner of Huk-A-Buk Barbecue who died almost a month after being shot in a robbery reported Oct. 17.

Both men are charged on counts of capital murder and robbery, first degree.

After an intensive investigation, information was developed by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department Cargill was in Chicago.

"Investigators from Pike County flew to Chicago where members of the FBI Fugitive

Squad met them," Thomas said. "Surveillance was set up on two locations in Chicago and Cargill was taken into custody without incident early Thursday morning."

Calhoun, who was arrested two days after the incident, has been in the Pike County Jail on no bond while law enforcement officials continued the search for Cargill.

When Calhoun was taken into custody on Oct. 19, he confessed to his involvement in the, the sheriff said.

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 Faulkner gave the suspects the keys, they snatched the phone out of the wall.

It was at that point, Thomas said, Faulkner was shot. He died Nov. 14 at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham.

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.

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.

Bond was been set at $100,000 in the robbery cases. Cargill will not be allowed bond on the capital murder charges once he is taken into custody.

Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Cargill.

Although the name of an individual indicted is not usually released prior to his arrest, District Attorney Mark Fuller deemed it was "in the public good" to disclose information concerning the outstanding Grand Jury Writ of Arrests before Cargill was arrested.

Thomas expressed appreciation to Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall, FBI Agent Margert Faulkner, Les Brown of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montgomery and the FBI Fugitive Squad in Chicago.

In addition to being wanted by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department for the murder and robbery, Cargill was also being sought by the Violent Crimes Task Force in Montgomery, the Montgomery Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.