The store clerk called out to the police chief, shouting “Robbery! Robbery!”

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MIC — Micro Police Chief T. Macon Jones was sitting at his desk at the Micro Police Department around 1:00 p.m. Monday when his cell phone rang. He recognized the employee number of the Micro Mini Mart just across the street. When he answered, the employee started shouting, “Flight! Flight!”

Chief Jones said he peeked out the window and then started running towards the business at the corner of Highway 301 and Main Street. At the same time, an armed man who had just robbed the convenience store fled through the front door.

Chief Jones radioed for backup and began pursuing the suspect on foot. He lost sight of the thief on Fayetteville Street. The police chief said he returned to the police station to retrieve his patrol car and began searching the area for the thief.

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Johnston County Sheriff’s Deputies and Selma Police arrived to assist in the search and to secure the store.

Within minutes, Chief Jones said his attention had been drawn to a house under construction on Micro Road West. He asked a construction worker if he had seen the suspect. The worker pointed towards the house. As Chief Jones got out of his patrol car, the suspect fled through the back of the house. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was apprehended.

A Selma Police K-9 located the firearm and stolen cash at the nearby business.

Edgardo Rodriguez, 41, of Raleigh has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was wanted on outstanding Raleigh police warrants for assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury and criminal conspiracy.

Rodriguez was held on $350,000 bond on the armed robbery charges, plus an additional $250,000 bond on Raleigh police warrants.

The clerk’s quick thinking, an immediate response from Micro’s police chief, and the criminals’ decision to rob a business directly across from the police station resulted in an arrest.

Chief Jones thanked the Selma Police Department and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

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No injuries were reported.