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Suspect's cousin charged in Clayton robbery

Posted July 30, 2011

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— A 20-year-old Clayton man faces charges that he helped his cousin and a 15-year-old rob a drug store at gunpoint earlier this week, police said.

Ishmael Avire Santiago surrendered at the Clayton Police Department late Friday to face charges in connection with the robbery of a Walgreen's store at 11306 U.S. Highway 70 West around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police said that two masked men, armed with a rifle, robbed the store. One struck a clerk with the butt of the rifle and forced her to open the cash register. They took some money and fled on foot.

Ishmael Santiago, of 549 Holding St., was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and kidnapping. His cousin, Rahiem Mosies Santiago, 18, also of 549 Holding St., faces charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

They were both placed in the Johnston County jail under separate $1 million secured bonds.

A 15-year-old, whose name wasn't released, was also charged in the Walgreen's robbery and placed in a juvenile custody facility.

Police said they don't expect to make any more arrests in the case.

Rahiem Santiago was arrested after a robbery, chase and search Friday morning.

Police said he approached a woman getting into her SUV on Commodore Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday, showed her a rifle and stole the SUV.

Rahiem Santiago told reporters 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.


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