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A call to authorities about a suspicious man at a local gas station led to a robbery in progress being stopped, according to the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office.
On Sunday, April 21, at approximately 1:46 a.m., the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office received a call from a passing motorist in Harrisburg, reporting a suspicious-acting man with some type of clothing covering his head and face, standing just to the side of the Circle K store on NC Hwy 49 South.
Deputies arrived at the store within seconds and immediately noticed a white male matching the exact description, standing at the counter of the business, with clothing covering his head and face, and immediately determined that the man was attempting to rob the store clerk.
A deputy was able to talk the man, later identified as Ryan Barry Kiernan, 22, into giving up without anyone being injured. The firearm he was using turned out to be a BB gun, and his vehicle was located at a nearby parking area.
"By the quick actions and confident training, Deputy Miller was able to subdue the suspect without injury or chase," Sheriff Riley said, adding, "Once again, I couldn't be prouder of the response and bravery of our officers; Deputy Miller did a fantastic job of protecting the clerk, himself, and the general public by stopping this robbery in action. I also commend the caller for acting upon an instinct that this suspect's actions looked suspicious. He provided our responding officers with great information that certainly contributed to our ability to arrest the suspect."
Kiernan was arrested and charged with felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and is being held in the Cabarrus County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.