Two charged while in stolen vehicle, possibly linked to gas station robbery

Published 2:03 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2018

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Authorities say two armed men who ran from law enforcement in a stolen vehicle may have been involved in a late-night robbery at a convenience store.

The Salisbury Police Department says two black men entered the Citgo store at 939 S. Jake Alexander Blvd. shortly after 11 p.m. Monday. Both men wore bandanas covering their faces. One carried a semi-automatic pistol, and the other held a revolver.

The men demanded money from the clerk. Police say they pushed the clerk out of the way and took money from the cash register. The clerk was not harmed.

The men were seen running toward Interstate 85.

A short time later, a trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol spotted a Honda that a database said was stolen. The driver of the vehicle sped away and was eventually pulled over at Academy and Duval streets. Authorities say five people jumped out of the Honda.

A trooper apprehended two of the five. Those names were not immediately available.

Troopers found two guns in the vehicle — a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver. Police are still working to determine if any of the suspects who ran from the vehicle were involved in the gas station robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at 704-639-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan CrimeStoppers at 866-639-5245.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.