Speedway robbery truck

Pictured is the wrecked truck that two of the suspects led police on a chase and fled on foot when they crashed on Mineral Springs Mountain.

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. Visit https://buff.ly/2Xgct8y for more information.

A man has been charged in connection to an early-Thursday morning armed robbery, while two others remain at large.

Kamau Jarek Clark, 19, of Shelby, was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony first-degree kidnapping, according to court documents.

Police still are searching for two other suspects in connection to the armed robbery at the Speedway convenience store off Exit 105 on Interstate 40 in Morganton.

The robbery occurred at the Speedway convenience store off Interstate 40 Exit 105, said Maj. Ryan Lander with the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Three men, armed with guns, robbed the store just before 5 a.m., but no one was injured during the robbery.

Two of the suspects led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup truck down I-40 eastbound all the way to Mineral Springs Mountain Avenue, where the truck wrecked, police said.

A third suspect was believed to have stolen a city of Morganton water department truck from Believers Way in Morganton, Lander said. That truck was later found in North Myrtle Beach, but police later said the two incidents were unrelated.

All of the suspects were black males wearing dark clothing, Lander said. The search continues for two suspects last seen on Mineral Springs Mountain Avenue, according to a release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. They are considered armed and dangerous.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have been called to assist with the search, including the N.C. State Highway Patrol helicopter. Sheriff Steve Whisenant said only one of the suspects has been seen since wrecking the stolen truck.

Lt. Corriveau with MDPS said officers aren’t sure if the robbery is connected to other robberies, but the case still is under investigation.

Clark’s bond was set at $100,000 with a first court appearance set for Friday morning.

MDPS advised residents in the area to keep their doors and vehicles locked and not to approach the suspects if spotted. Instead, call 911 immediately. Anyone who can identify the suspects should call MDPS at 828-437-1211, or Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.

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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