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Darik Williams is escorted out of the Burke County magistrate's office Friday afternoon.

UPDATE: This story has been updated to show that Kamau Jarek Clark, 19, of Shelby, was the first suspect charged. When he was initially arrested, he gave police a false name.

Darik Montre Williams only had one thing to say to reporters as he was walked into the magistrate’s office Friday afternoon to be charged in connection with a Thursday morning armed robbery.

“Innocent.”

Williams, 20, of Shelby, was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree kidnapping, according to court documents.

The arrest was the second in the case, with Kamau Jarek Clark, 19, of Shelby, facing the same charges.

Police say three armed men entered the Speedway convenience store off Exit 105 on Interstate 40 early Thursday morning at around 5 a.m.

Two of the suspects led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup truck down I-40 to Exit 113, before crashing on Mineral Springs Mountain Avenue, according to a previous News Herald article.

Williams was one of the suspects in the truck, according to an investigator with the Morganton Department of Public Safety. He was found inside a vacation home on Mineral Springs Mountain.

Sheriff Steve Whisenant told News Herald news partner WSOCTV that Williams did not resist and did not have a weapon on him.

Whisenant said his office will be pressing charges for breaking and entering and larceny.

An MDPS investigator said their agency is working closely with Kings Mountain and Newton police departments, as well as some others, to determine if the robbery was connected to any others in surrounding counties.

Clark was found walking down N.C. 18 South on Thursday, but the investigator said police do not believe he was one of the individuals inside the truck.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that Thursday night was relatively calm, and that officers from local, state and federal agencies will remain in the area.

Williams’ bond was set at $500,000. His first court appearance is set for Monday.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at cmurphy@morganton.com or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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