Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested a second person in the December killing of Scott Allen Brooks, co-owner of Charlotte's beloved Brooks' Sandwich House.
Brooks was shot and killed around 5 a.m. Dec. 9 while he was preparing to open his sandwich and burger joint on North Brevard St. in the NoDa neighborhood. Police have said that they were searching for two male suspects who were involved in an armed robbery.
On Tuesday, police said 31-year-old Steven Staples, who was already in custody, was served with additional warrants for murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In March, CMPD arrested 34-year-old Terry Connor Jr. in connection with Brooks' killing.
In a press conference Tuesday, CMPD Lt. Bryan Crum said with the arrest, there are no more suspects in the case.
He added this is the fifth murder Staples has been charged in connection with that occurred over a period of a month and a half.
"Every single one of us in the homicide unit have really been scratching out heads trying to understand what could lead to these senseless crimes," Crum said. "(It's) just a horrible spate of violence in such a short period of time."
Staples was arrested in March in connection with two other homicides, the deaths of Asa Shannon and Siojvon Joseph, who police said were found in January in a car down an embankment in the 1400 block of Atando Avenue.
Connor was also served additional warrants related to the double homicide after he was arrested in connection with the Brooks' killing. Both men were charged with two counts of first-degree murder, felony breaking and entering, and charges related to robbery and kidnapping, police have said.
"It's still a very active investigation," Crum said of the double murder. "We're still pursuing leads in this case."
Staples was also served warrants for murder in the death of 23-year-old Andres Osvaldo Moscotte in January and 31-year-old Anthony Leakes in December.
The arrest was made by connecting small pieces of information together from DNA technology, community tips and interviews, police said.
Crum said evidence shows that Staples and Connor only were able to steal around $100 together in all the crimes.
Scott Brooks, 61, co-owned the restaurant with his twin brother, David. The restaurant was founded in 1973 by their father, Calvin "C.T." Brooks Jr. Over the years, Brooks' Sandwich House became as celebrated for its place in the community as for its famous chili that drew clientele from across the city.
A GoFundMe campaign, started in December, has drawn over $40,000 in donations from over 700 donors. The website said the money would go toward funeral expenses and college funds for Brooks' son.