Pawn-shop robbery suspects arrested in Albemarle

3 men shot store owner several times but fled when confronted by armed off-duty officer

Photo courtesy of the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office

ALBEMARLE — The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office announced last Thursday that it had suspects from two robberies in custody, including a robbery of a pawn shop in Mount Pleasant where the owner was shot multiple times. The owner was then transported to Atrium Health-Cabarrus where, according to WBTV, he is in serious but stable condition.

The arrests were made after the suspects were spotted at another hospital, Atrium Health Stanly in Albemarle.

On the morning of Nov. 4, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a robbery in progress at the Mt. Pleasant Sporting Goods & Pawn, located at 7991 W. Franklin Street. The report described three black men in a gray Ford Focus who arrived at the store and then entered with firearms and attempted to rob the store. During the robbery, they shot the owner of the pawn shop “several times” before fleeing in the same vehicle.

An off-duty officer happened to be on scene and used his personal weapon to fire at the suspects. Once the suspects were gone, he rendered aid to the injured owner, according to local media reports. The sheriff’s office then created a “be-on-the-lookout” order, known as a BOLO, on the vehicle and its occupants.

The vehicle was then spotted in Stanly County at Atrium Health Stanly in Albemarle, where it dropped off Sean Christian Parker, a 21-year-old black male, and left the scene. Stanly County Sheriff’s Office deputies, seeing the BOLO for the vehicle, “located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.” The press release also said that “Evidence related to the earlier robbery and shooting were located at the scene of the vehicle stop.”

Two black males were found inside the vehicle: Makari Kireef-Shamaud Ridenhour, 20; and Maliq Raekwon Parker, 18.

All three were later interviewed by Cabarrus County deputies about the robbery and shooting at the pawn shop. Police determined Ridenhour had not been present at the pawn shop robbery, but he was charged with possession of stolen goods related to a separate armed robbery in late October at a Harrisburg AT&T Store. He was given a $1,000 secured bond.

Ridenhour was also arrested by Albemarle police last July for being part of a shooting into a dwelling that left two people off Arey Street in Albemarle shot multiple times. In that incident, he was charged with “Discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, Possession of a firearm by felon, Felony conspiracy, Discharging a firearm inside city limits, and Injury to real property.”

Sean Christian Parker was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was given a $750,000 secured bond.

Maliq Raekwon Parker was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

He was also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a weapon into occupied property for the armed robbery at the Harrisburg AT&T Store. He was given a $1 million secured bond.

They are all being held at the Cabarrus County Detention Center.