Investigators said an armed robbery suspect gave up without a fight and now, they’re telling Eyewitness News how they got to the scene so quickly and about the surrender.
Investigators said a driver passing by noticed someone suspicious hovering around the Circle K in Harrisburg early Sunday morning. The deputy was there in seconds, caught the suspect in the act and talked him into giving up, officials said.
Late Friday afternoon, Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley told Eyewitness News what surprised him most.
"Compliance. This day in time, I mean, unfortunately in this business, we don't get compliance a lot of times," he said.
The deputy arrested Ryan Kiernan. People who live in his former neighborhood, like Sheila McIntyre, said, "He's just the last person I would have thought would have done an armed robbery, let's put it like that. I mean, I'm still numb thinking about it. I just can't believe it."
Her husband, Ian, calls himself a "hard-nose" who isn't "compassionate," but also had a soft spot for Kiernan.
"He was always very respectful to us, never bad-mouthed anybody, and very well-mannered. I'm just shocked anybody would do something as stupid as that," he said.