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Clayton man charged in robberies, vehicle theft

Posted July 29, 2011
Updated July 30, 2011

— Clayton police arrested an 18-year-old man Friday and charged him in connection with two robberies and a vehicle theft. A 15-year-old was also charged in one of the robberies.

Rahiem Mosies Santiago, of 549 Holding St., is accused of approaching a woman on Commodore Street, showing a gun and stealing her GMC Jimmy around 7:30 a.m. Friday. He did not harm her, police said.

Minutes later, an officer saw the stolen vehicle traveling south on Ranch Road and tried to stop it. Santiago abandoned the vehicle at the westbound on-ramp of U.S. Highway 70 Bypass, fled on foot into a wooded area and dropped a rifle, which an officer recovered, police said.

Authorities later found Santiago and charged him with stealing the woman's vehicle. Rhaim Mosies Santiago Clayton robbery suspect: 'I'm sorry for what I did'

He was also charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping in connection with a robbery at Walgreen's, 11306 U.S. Highway 70W Business, Thursday morning. Police said he struck a clerk with the butt of a rifle and forced her to open the cash register at gunpoint.

Santiago was being held in the Johnston County jail under a $1 million secured bond. He told reporters Friday that he doesn't have a job and needed to eat.

"I"m sorry for what I did. I really am," he said, smiling as he got in a police car.

The 15-year-old, whose name was not released, is also charged in the Walgreen's robbery. He was sent to a juvenile custody facility.

Additional charges and arrests are possible, police said.


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  • carroln Aug 1, 2011

    Bad seed.. take out the trash and give him 10 years on the chain gang and the work farm where he can grow him something to eat or do with out.NO PITTY!!!

  • bmg379 Jul 29, 2011

    only thing he is sorry is that he got caught,hope they dont let him out for awhile

  • tiggerjd3 Jul 29, 2011

    We are so glad that they have been caught!! If he was hungry, he should of just of asked for food. How do you think the victims felt when they saw his laugh after he so called appologized? We are all proud that they caught them and got them off of the streets. Glad that the other victims are well!! God is in control!

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 29, 2011

    Very good job, he would hurt someone before long.

  • fatlady2002 Jul 29, 2011

    he get job he would not have steal or rob people

  • Nancy Jul 29, 2011

    leo-nc, I stand corrected, thanks!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jul 29, 2011

    Too late for "I'm sorry".

    Tell your cell mate.

  • leo-nc Jul 29, 2011

    Not strong arm robbery. ARMED robbery, with a rifle no less. Two different crimes by a long shot. This guy will go away for a long time.

  • leo-nc Jul 29, 2011

    Keepin it Real. You have no idea how hard everyone worked to catch these guys, and they all did a good job. Otherwise, he would still be out there now robbing people. Get a clue yourself and quite crying over spilled milk.

  • Nancy Jul 29, 2011

    Real winner huh? 18 and strong arm robbery, assault and auto theft. Just the cream of the crop!