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Four captured at Salisbury hotel following armed robbery

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Lewis (Rowan Sheriff's Office) Lewis (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Griffin (Rowan Sheriff's Office) Griffin (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Knight (Rowan Sheriff's Office) Knight (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Greyer (Rowan Sheriff's Office) Greyer (Rowan Sheriff's Office)

A hotel in Salisbury was evacuated Monday morning as multiple agencies searched for four suspects in the armed robbery of a T-mobile store in Salisbury.

Police said three of the four men entered the store around 10:27 a.m., pointed guns at customers and employees, and made them move to the back room and lie down.

The men took phones and money and then left in a white vehicle with a New York license plate.

According to Chief Jerry Stokes of the Salisbury Police Department, police received information that the suspects may have gone to the Hampton Inn off Jake Alexander Boulevard after robbing the store.

“The officers actually saw them in the parking lot, they ran into the building, they were able to get two of them into custody, and the other two were in the building and contained in the building," said Chief Stokes.

There was a quick and large police response that including the Rowan Sheriff's Office and Highway Patrol, along with Salisbury Police.

By 11:45 a.m., guests were evacuated and placed in an air-conditioned bus provided by Salisbury Transit.  The Salisbury Fire Department and Rowan EMS also came to the scene to be on standby.

“Apparently they was in the room next to us, I guess, whoever did the robbery, so they said they gonna clear out the whole hotel and then make contact with them or do whatever they got to do," said hotel guest Timothy King.  “It made me nervous but I got out of there, so I’m great.”

Several guests could be seen rolling suitcases across the parking lot at Casa Grande to get to the bus.

“Obviously we had priorities to make sure that innocent people and the officers are safe, so what we had to do was go through the building.  We were fairly sure where we had the suspects contained, so we went through the building in the other areas to clear out any innocent citizens that might be there that could have been in harm’s way just to make sure they were safe," Chief Stokes added.

Police and members of the Special Response Team were clearing the rooms and searching them one by one.

Just before 2:00 pm officers came out of the back door with the two remaining suspects in custody.

"We knew we had the building secure so we just had to use a methodical approach to clear out the whole building and find the two suspects and we were able to get those two additional gentlemen in custody as well," said Chief Stokes.

Salisbury Police charged Ansel Harry Knight, 29, of Valley Stream, NY, Christian Griffin, 21, of Jamaica, NY, and Chauncey Lewis, 19, of Hollis, NY, with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping. Each suspect was placed in the Rowan County jail under a $250,000 secured bond

Kendale Laquam Greyer, 29, of Jamaica, NY, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and jailed under $150,000 bond.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was on a lockdown while the situation was ongoing

Salisbury Police Captain Shelia Lingle praised the staff at the Hampton Inn for helping police as the event was unfolding.

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