Suspect involved in two major crimes to appear in court Tuesday

by: Jim Bradley Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - One of the teenagers arrested for shooting an off-duty police officer now faces charges in a string of convenience store robberies.

Those robberies crossed three counties last week.

Police now say they believe 19-year-old Kevin McClary was one of several people involved in robberies from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Tuesday, McClary will face a judge in court on several charges including shooting an off-duty officer.

McClary faces numerous charged including armed robbery and attempted murder.

McClary’s initial court appearance is expected to be shorthand simple.

A judge will notify him of the charges against him and ask if he has an attorney wants one appointed.

There are still many other questions surrounding the crimes he is accused of committing.

The spree went like this: at 9:15 p.m., the Dollar General was hit, then a Circle K at the Plaza in Charlotte at 12:43 a.m., next a 7-Eleven on Carowinds Boulevard in York County at 1:59 a.m., another 7-Eleven on Brookshire Boulevard in Charlotte at 3:01 a.m., and finally a third 7-Eleven on Mount Holly Huntersville Road at 3:43 a.m.

Police have arrested only McClary so far, but they are looking for two other suspects, Miguel Zelaya and Nahum Rea.

This notoriety for McClary comes just 24 hours after he is accused of shooting an off-duty police officer in a home invasion-type robbery.

Business owner Hados Bahda said McClary was always at his store.

Bahda called the police on McClary five days ago because he said McClary was bothering customers.

"He's asking for money, bothering them in the parking lot. For my store, he has no more service," said Bahda, owner of the Smiley Express Mart on Old Pineville Road. "I call the police. He run. Every day he's here."

Bahda said he is relieved he knows McClary is behind bars.

"Me? I'm happy. The people are happy. I know the guy. Everybody knows him," Bahda said.

Click here to read the update after McClary's court appearance Tuesday.