5 teens arrested in SWAT standoff after attempted armed robbery, police say

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CMPD said five teens were arrested on suspicion of attempting to rob a 7-Eleven on Old Concord Road at gunpoint Friday morning.

Officers charged Zaire Witherspoon,19, Kiyara Stevens,16, Nathan Bellamy,18, Paris Lee,19, and Dontavia McMorris,16, with attempted armed robbery from a business and conspiracy to commit robbery from a business.

According to police, they responded to the 7-Eleven at the 8100 block of Old Concord Road, where the store clerk said a man and woman tried to rob the place and that the suspects ran to a nearby neighborhood.

Officers located the teens at a home in the 1200 block of Stourbridge Lion Drive where the suspects barricaded themselves inside, said officials.

SWAT and officers said they set up a perimeter around the home and after a short standoff, the teens surrendered.

Residents of the neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Check back for updates on this ongoing investigation.