3 more arrested in kidnapping death

John Charles Robbins Daily Journal Editor

September 12, 2013

Law enforcement officers have rounded up and arrested three more men in connection with the shooting death of Errol Williams, 27, of Rockingham.

According to the Fayetteville Police Department, officers in Texas and North Carolina have arrested these men in the case: Kelly Eugene Elliott, Joseph Haskins and Kourtney Terrell Reed.

Police say Williams had stopped at a Fayetteville gas station Sept. 1 when he was forced to drive two men to another location, while a third man followed in another vehicle. Williams was shot as he tried to escape.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, at approximately 11:45 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Elliott, 31, at a residence in Conroe, Texas. During the investigation to locate Elliott, members of the Fayetteville Division of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force worked jointly in the intelligence gathering that led to the successful capture, police said.

Elliott is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Conroe, pending extradition back to Fayetteville.

Within minutes after the capture of Elliott, members of the Fayetteville Division of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force located and arrested Haskins during a traffic stop on Murchison Road near Phillips Street in Fayetteville, according to police.

Earlier on Wednesday, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force located and arrested Reed, 20, at a residence in Saint Pauls, N.C., for 1st degree murder, 1st degree kidnapping (2 counts), robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the death of Errol Williams, police said.

Reed tried to avoid capture and retreated to the attic of the residence, however he fell into the hands of law enforcement officers as he came crashing through the ceiling, police said.

Reed and Haskins are currently being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center without bond.

Another man wanted in the case, Eric Lamont Phillips, 32, was arrested by Fayetteville police on Sept. 3 as he was leaving his residence, on warrants of two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said. During the arrest of Phillips, police said evidence was also discovered that led to a charge of possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine. Phillips is incarcerated in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $75,000 secured bond.

A fifth suspect in case, Anthony Solomon Porter, 37, of Fayetteville, remains at large, lawmen said.

Porter currently has active warrants out of Raleigh for two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to police. Police also said Porter should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Porter, to include vehicles he may be operating, is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1690 (dedicated line 24/7) or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

Fayetteville police said the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force plays an integral role in the apprehension of violent fugitives who have taken to flight.

“The Fayetteville Police Department has two detectives assigned to the Task Force, who are actively involved in the intelligence gathering and subsequent apprehension of some of the most prolific offenders, including the capture of Kelly Elliott, Kourtney Reed and Joseph Haskins in connection with the shooting death of Errol Williams,” the department said in a statement.

The Fayetteville Police Department also extended its “warmest appreciation” to the people who provided information during the course of this investigation, “and the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force in (its) successful apprehension of these fugitives from justice.”

— Editor John Charles Robbins can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 13, or by email at