HAMLET — Police have arrested two suspects wanted in connection to a Tuesday afternoon armed robbery of the 74 Fast Shop convenience store on U.S. 74 near Richmond Community College.
Hamlet Police Chief Scott Waters said 17-year-old Jaylan Deshawn Smith, of Wadesboro entered the store but left when he saw another customer. Once that customer left, Smith returned and threatened the cashier with a gun, making off with what the store’s owner, who asked not to be named, said was “several hundred” dollars before police got to the scene.
Detective Capt. Randy Dover said a witness followed the alleged getaway vehicle long enough to jot down the license plate information and bring it back to police.
According to police, the driver of the car, 20-year-old Randi Sa’mone Rivers, of Billow Street in Wadesboro, heeded an officer’s siren in Anson County and pulled over without resistance, leading to the pair’s arrest.
The owner said the store would be closed for the rest of the day.
“We’re very fortunate no one was hurt,” Waters said. “We have a good working relationship with law enforcement in the surrounding counties (Richmond and Anson county sheriffs’ offices) who helped us on this.”
Both Smith and Rivers are charged with one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy.
No bond information was available at press time.
Dover said Rivers had a warrant in Anson County but did not know the charges. The Anson County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached Tuesday afternoon.
Online court records show Rivers has a speeding infraction pending in Union County District Court. She also has four counts of felony conspiracy, and one count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, attempted first-degree burglary and filing a false report at a police station pending in Anson County Superior Court.
Smith has no other pending charges, records show.
Neither have past criminal convictions in the state, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.
All suspects facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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