SHELBY, N.C. -- A Good Samaritan helped apprehend a pepper spray-wielding attempted robbery Monday morning in Shelby.
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says a masked man armed with pepper spray entered Padgett's BP store around 10 a.m. Monday.
As the man, now identified as Nicholas Richard Hartman, 26, of Ellenboro, approached the counter, the store owner realized he was being robbed and withdrew a firearm, authorities say.
Hartman fled the store on foot and was pursued by the store owner. A Good Samaritan who was pulling into the store at this time gave chase in his vehicle. When the man caught up with the suspect on Double Shoals Road, he detained Hartman until deputies arrived to take him into custody, officials say.
Hartman is charged with common law robbery. He was booked in to the Cleveland County Detention Center under a $20,000 bond.
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