Police say Clayton robberies are related


Friday morning, a woman reported that a man took her SUV at gunpoint on Commodore Street around 7:30 a.m.

Minutes later, a Clayton police officer spotted the stolen car headed south on Ranch Road. He gave chase, and the driver abandoned the vehicle on the westbound on-ramp of Highway 70 bypass and ran into a wooded area.

Police said the man dropped a rifle as he ran.

Clayton officers, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, and the Highway Patrol all searched for the suspect for three hours, but couldn't locate him.

Police said they suspect the man was part of a trio who assaulted a clerk during a robbery at a Walgreens on Highway 70 at Robertson Street just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Dramatic surveillance video released by police Thursday shows two men threatening a drug store clerk with a rifle during an early morning robbery.

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One of the three masked suspects used the butt of the rifle to hit the clerk and forced her to open the cash register.

They got away with a small amount of cash. The woman was treated for minor injuries.

Saturday afternoon, Clayton police said they've made three arrests.

Only Eyewitness News cameras were rolling as Eighteen-year-old Rahiem Santiago of 549 Holding Street was arrested. He is charged with armed robbery and motor vehicle theft in the Commodore Street incident.

Police say he will also be charged with the Walgreens incident.

An unnamed 15-year-old will be charged with the same offenses.

Ishmael Santiago, 20, turned himself into authorities late Friday night, and was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the Walgreens incident.

His bond is $1 million.

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