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Deputies: Clerk pulls gun on would-be robber armed with pepper spray

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Nicholas Hartman (Source: Cleveland Co. Sheriff's Office) Nicholas Hartman (Source: Cleveland Co. Sheriff's Office)
SHELBY, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A suspect was taken into custody after a store clerk pulled a gun on the would-be robber on Monday.

Cleveland County deputies said just after 10 a.m. a masked man armed with a canister of pepper spray entered Padgett's BP gas station on Polkville Road in Shelby, NC.

They said the store owner immediately realized he was being robbed and drew his gun from its holster and pointed it at the suspect.

The suspect ran from the store, and the owner followed him, according to the sheriff's office.

A person pulling into the store parking lot saw the suspect fleeing and followed him in his vehicle.

They said the man was able to detain the suspect until deputies arrived.

The suspect was identified as Nicholas Richard Hartman. He was charged with common law robbery and is being held at the detention center on $20,000 bond.

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