Arrest made in armed robbery that left four injured at Kings Mountain business

Police make arrest in violent armed robbery in Kings Mountain

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - An arrest was made in a Kings Mountain business robbery that left four employees injured Wednesday.

The robbery happened around 1:30 p.m. at the Smoke Shop business in the 100 block of York Road. Police said they responded to the store after a 911 hang-up.

When they arrived, they found that four employees were in need of medical assistance.

Investigators say a man, described as a Hispanic male in his early to mid-20s went into the business and demanded money.

Thursday, 19-year-old Ricky O Smith Jr. was arrested in the case.

Smith will be charged with four counts of attempted murder, one count of kidnapping, one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, one count of armed robbery, one count of larceny motor vehicle and one count of possession of stolen property.

Investigators believe Smith was the man that went into the Smoke Shop and demanded money.

He was armed with straight blade knife.

A struggle followed and sources tell WBTV the assailant grabbed a weapon that was already in the store and shot the owner twice.

Two others suffered cut wounds and another suffered minor injuries.

Witnesses said the suspect stole the store owner's brand new burgundy Rav 4 just as police arrived on the scene.

The vehicle still had the paper temporary tag.

Thursday afternoon, Cleveland County deputies were in the Grover area following up on leads when they thought they spotted the Rav 4.

Major Durwin Briscoe says when deputies got behind the vehicle it took off and "We got into a small chase and he could not make a turn."

At the end of Lavender Road the suspect vehicle went up an embankment and hit a tree.

Smith was injured, but was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital to be evaluated.

When authorities made the arrest, the vehicle had a stolen handicapped tag on the back instead of the paper temporary license. "

"He tried to disguise the vehicle," said Briscoe. Investigators say they still have a lot of work to do on the case.

There is no word on the condition of the victims.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Detective Corporal B.M. McGinnis at 704-734-0444.

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