Three men arrested in connection with armed robbery, car chase in Harnett County

From staff reportsApril 19, 2012 

A drug deal turned into a robbery at knifepoint at a Harnett County convenience store Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the two suspects being chased by the victim, and both were shot, according to sheriff’s reports.

The sheriff's office received a call from Ryan and Cody Rachelle around 2:30 Wednesday. The men said they were shot while traveling on U.S. 421 toward Sanford.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that the two were fleeing from the scene of an armed robbery they'd just committed when they were shot, according to the sheriff’s report. The victim of the robbery, Kevin Brown, chased them in a vehicle from the convenience store, and forced them off the road, said the sheriffs. He then got out of his vehicle and fired at least four rounds into the vehicle Ryan and Cody were driving. Both men were transported to Central Carolina Hospital and soon released.

Brown drove away after the shooting, witnesses told the sheriffs. He was stopped by a deputy at an intersection approximately two minutes later. The weapon was recovered on the side of McArthur Road about a quarter mile away from the stop.

The suspects and witnesses explained that the robbery was related to a drug deal, and that the two men took $60 at knifepoint from Brown outside the convenience store, according to the sheriff's report.

Ryan Rachelle, 22, of Lillington, and Cody Rachelle, 20, of Sanford, were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Each were placed in the Harnett County Detention Center under $75,000.00 bond.

Kevin Brown, 23, of Lillington, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. Brown was placed in the Harnett County Jail under $100,000.00 Bond.

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