LA man arrested in connection to Colton stabbing after months of searching
By Timothy Guy
After almost three months worth of investigating, searching and surveillance, the suspect in a Colton smoke shop robbery that escalated into the stabbing of a clerk, has been arrested in San Bernardino, according to a Colton Police Department news release.
Police say that Los Angeles resident Eddie Charles Lockhart, 28, entered the business at 1600 Block East Washington Street in Colton around 9:45 a.m. Nov. 14 and demanded money from a store clerk. After refusing Lockhart’s demands, the clerk, whose name is still being withheld, was stabbed multiple times in the upper body and head. In an interview with reporters at the time, the clerk’s wife said her husband also suffered a collapsed lung in the attack.
Armed robbery with injury 1600 block E. Washington St. Suspect outstanding and described as black male adult 20s wearing gray sweatshirt and orange shorts. @Colton_PD pic.twitter.com/JOa4iu9xnU
— Lt Jim Jolliff (@LtJimJolliff) November 14, 2017
Lockhart then reportedly fled the scene and the clerk was transported to the hospital in critical condition. During the investigation, Lockhart was identified and a warrant for his arrest was issued for attempted murder and attempted robbery.
The search for Lockhart began and the Colton Police Department was joined in the effort by the U.S. Marshals Task Force Team 6. That team consists of investigators and agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and US Marshals.
During the three month investigation, surveillance agents located Lockhart and arrested him. He was booked into San Bernardino County Jail for the warrant, as well as a parole violation.