Fugitives returning to Clayton to face murder charges

By Ed Brock

The two men wanted in connection with a double shooting at a Riverdale restaurant were expected to be back in Clayton County by Friday night.

Brothers, 29-year-old Jose, and 18-year-old Alejandro Romo, were arrested June 10 in San Benito, Texas, and were expected to arrive under guard at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Friday evening, according to Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill's office.

Hill and several deputies flew to Texas earlier to handle the extradition.

Riverdale police want the Romo brothers in connection with a June 23 double shooting at the Salt and Pepper Fish House on Ga. Highway 138. Both men have been charged with murder.

Two men entered the restaurant on that day around noon in what may have been a robbery attempt and shot the two employees who were there, 36-year-old Garret Lockhart of Stockbridge and 40-year-old Samuel Richardson of Tucker.

Lockhart survived and staggered outside the restaurant, collapsing in front of the store next door in the strip mall, Richardson was found dead inside, Patterson said.

A witness saw two men leave the restaurant, get into a black Jeep Cherokee and drive off. The Cherokee was recovered in Lawrenceville at the home of the vehicle's owner. The men then left in a Toyota RAV-4 owned by the same person, Patterson said.

After some investigation Riverdale police got a warrant for Jose Romo on charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun and unlawful possession of a firearm (namely a sawed-off shotgun) in connection with the shooting.