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Suspects charged after pawn shop owner shot during robbery attempt in Mount Pleasant

Officials say an off-duty officer fired a shot at robbery suspects who were fleeing after a pawn store owner was shot in Mount Pleasant Thursday.
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 12:20 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2021 at 9:36 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, N.C. (WBTV) - Suspects have been charged after a pawn shop owner was shot during an armed robbery attempt in Mount Pleasant Thursday.

“Yes, it’s kind of upsetting,” said neighbor Cathy Whittington. “I heard the shots…I was in my bedroom, I heard the shots, I came to the living room, I asked my mom if she heard that, she said yes, and I locked the door.”

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call from an off-duty officer about an armed robbery at the Mount Pleasant Sporting Goods and Pawn Store on West Franklin Street around 10:18 a.m.

Deputies got information that the suspected men arrived at the pawn shop driving a gray Ford Focus.

The men went into the store and during their attempted robbery, the pawn shop owner was shot several times and had to be taken to the hospital for medical care, deputies say. The pawn shop owner is in serious but stable condition, according to officials.

When they tried to leave, officials say they were confronted by an off-duty officer. Officials say the off-duty officer used a personal weapon to return fire at the suspects who fled and left the scene. When the suspects fled, the deputy got the license plate number.

“He came upon a situation where there was an armed robbery going on,” said Cabarrus Sheriff Van Shaw. “He discharged his personal weapon in that process and then rendered aid to the store owner who was wounded in that robbery.”

One of the suspects, identified as 21-year-old Sean Christian Parker, was shot and was taken to the hospital in Albemarle. Deputies found the other two suspects in a neighborhood nearby.

“One of the suspects was actually reported to the hospital in Albemarle, so they left here and went to Albemarle, there has been ongoing treatment there, nothing so far that we know of that is life-threatening,” Shaw said.

Sean Parker, Makari Ridenhour, and Maliq Parker were subsequently interviewed by Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office Detectives concerning the attempted robbery and shooting that occurred at the Mt. Pleasant Sporting Goods & Pawn.

At the conclusion of the interviews and the ongoing investigation, it was determined that Makari Ridenhour was not present at the time of the attempted robbery and shooting.

At the conclusion of interviews and the ongoing investigation, probable cause was established to arrest all three individuals.

  • 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, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a weapon into occupied property. He was given a $1 million secured bond.

**After a previous press release, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office sent a correction saying that Makari Ridenhour was charged with possession of stolen goods relating to another investigation (an armed robbery that occurred on Oct. 28 at the AT&T Store on Caldwell Road in Harrisburg) and was given a $1,000 secured bond. Deputies say Ridenhour is not charged for any involvement in this investigation and at this time it does not appear that he was involved.**

All of the suspects are currently incarcerated in the Cabarrus County Detention Center.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations was contacted to conduct an investigation into the officer’s actions and the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office will conduct the investigation involving the robbery and shooting of the store owner.

“Our deputy is fine, he’s doing well, obviously shaken by the whole event and we’re taking care of him,” Sheriff Shaw added.

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office says they cannot release any further information at this time until more investigation is completed.

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