North Carolina police have arrested the man they say was caught on video last year shoplifting at a Home Depot and assaulting an elderly employee who later died from his injuries.
Terry McAnthony McMillian Jr., 26, of Durham, was taken into custody Tuesday without incident and charged with first-degree murder and robbery, the Hillsborough Police Department said.
McMillian is said to have pushed the then 82-year-old worker, who the family later identified as Gary Rasor, as he exited the gardens area of the Hillsborough store at around 10:40am on October 18 with a shopping trolley carrying three pressure washers.
Surveillance footage released at the time appears to show the worker confronting the suspect wearing Hoodie as the suspect raises his arm to shove the elderly man, who falls to the ground and appears to bang his head on a flower pot.
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The suspect fled the scene in a white Hyundai Sonata four-door with a concealed temporary North Carolina tag.
Rasor celebrated his 83rd birthday while being hospitalized for his injuries.
Rasor died on November 30 from injuries sustained during the incident. A coroner ruled his death was manslaughter.
“We are relieved that the man responsible for Gary’s death has been brought to justice and thank local law enforcement for remaining vigilant and making the arrest,” a Home Depot spokesman told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.
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Rasor’s son Jeff told Fox & Friends First in December after his father’s death that his father was a “family-oriented guy” who “lived life to the fullest, right up to the last minute.”
“My dad was kind of a happy person who never met a stranger,” Jeff Rasor said. “He finally wanted to retire in January, but he loved people, he loved life.”
Investigators searched for the suspect in the months following the theft and say McMillian’s eventual arrest was a team effort between law enforcement and the public.
“We are glad we were able to bring this case to a close and are very grateful for the family’s patience and support,” said Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton. “This was a team effort involving many of our local criminal justice partners, the SBI and the public.”
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McMillian is being held without bond in the Orange County Jail.