Two Johnston County men were arrested after a police chase on Interstate 440 and accused of trying to rob a North Raleigh store at gunpoint and hitting one of the owners with their car Thursday.
Arrest warrants charged that Travion Lamont Harris, 20, of 904 Greenwood Drive in Clayton, was accused of being the man who went into the Lagos Supermarket at 5440 Atlantic Springs Road carrying a revolver and tried to get money from the store and jewelry from a customer who was there.
Police said Deante Markeith Cooper, 27, of 101 Holly Point Place in Clayton was waiting outside in a 2003 Mazda and drove off after Harris came out and jumped into it.
William Lagos, one of the market owners, went outside after Harris and was hit by the car, police charged.
It was unclear what foiled the stickup, but police said Harris left without getting anything.
Police spotted the Mazda shortly after the 11 a.m. incident and began chasing it, and Cooper pulled over on the interstate, a spokeswoman said.
Harris was charged with two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun, second-degree kidnapping, two counts of conspiring with Cooper to try to commit a robbery and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury for the car’s hitting Lagos.
Cooper was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiring with Harris to commit a robbery and having control of the revolver and a second, semiautomatic handgun. It was not clear whether Cooper was accused of having the semiautomatic with him or if it was in the car.
Cooper also was charge with illegally having a gun because he is a felon. He was convicted in Johnston County in November 2008 of felony breaking or entering.
Cooper was held in lieu of $365,000 bail. Harris was held in lieu of $500,000 bail.