ALBEMARLE — Two Stanly County teenagers are in custody following an armed robbery of the Shell Gas Station at 1973 East Main St., just east of downtown Albemarle. The incident took place early in the morning of Feb. 13.
According to an Albemarle Police Department press release, one male, Marcus Jahquarvus Miller, 19, of Norwood, walked into the gas station around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, while the other suspect, Mekhi Kaleek Rivers, 18, of Albemarle, waited behind the wheel of a car.
Investigators said Miller then approached the counter, “pointed a handgun at the clerk, and demanded money.” He allegedly received “an undisclosed amount of money from the clerk,” left the store, and once outside, jumped into the car, and Rivers drove away.
The APD said its officers “quickly arrived on the scene and began investigating the incident.” After canvassing the area for the getaway vehicle, they located it nearby. Rivers, allegedly still driving the vehicle, took officers on a “short pursuit.” The chase ended on the street where Rivers lives, Arey Avenue, and officers took control of the suspect vehicle.
Both suspects were charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, two counts of carrying concealed weapons and possession of a stolen firearm.
Rivers was also charged with reckless driving, speeding and felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Miller was given an additional charge of assault by pointing a gun in the robbery.
Rivers received a $255,000 secured bond, and Miller received a $250,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to appear for their first court date on Feb. 15.
Nobody, including the store clerk, the suspects or any officers, was harmed in the robbery or the car chase.