Deputies: Two suspects charged in connection with Union Co. armed robbery

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — The Union County Sheriff's Office said two suspects have been charged in connection with an armed robbery in Indian Trail.

Officials said they were able to successfully arrest and charge the suspects with the help of multiple law enforcement agencies including Union County Sheriff’s Office, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Mint Hill Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Waxhaw Police, Locust Police and the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects were identified as 31-year-old David Bradley Webber, Jr. and 53-year-old John Anthony Rowe.

(John Rowe, left and David Webber, right)

Webber faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony fleeing to elude arrest, and resist, delay and obstruct.

Rowe faces charges of second degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and resist, delay and obstruct.

The suspects were wanted for their alleged involvement in the armed robbery of a Verizon Wireless store in Indian Trail on Sunday morning.

The sheriff's office said one of the suspects entered the store with a gun and began stealing several iPhones.

Officials said officers pursued the suspects, but the pursuit ended in Midland, North Carolina, near Hartsell Funeral Home.

"The report from earlier was that they were armed at the time of the robbery so whether or not they've thrown or ditched the weapon, we don't know at this point, but we have to assume he is still armed," Union County Public Information Officer Tony Underwood said.

Authorities said the suspects then fled on foot and were wearing hoodies at the time.

Neighbors received reverse 911 calls telling them to stay inside during the search.

"I saw those police cars driving crazy and the sirens on and I was like oh my gosh what's going on," neighbor Ayla Hartsell said. I've never seen anything like that in this area because it's so clam and peaceful here."

This Union County Verizon store has been targeted before.

In July, deputies said four suspects including two teenagers robbed the Verizon Wireless in Indian Trail when customers were inside.

All four suspects were caught after a two-county police chase.

Investigators say stolen phones are often sold online or on the Black Market.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information. 

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