2 Walgreens stores robbed in 3 days

2 Walgreens stores robbed in 3 days
Clemeko Starks Jr. (Source: SCSO)
Clemeko Starks Jr. (Source: SCSO)
Ariq Rayford (Source: SCSO)
Ariq Rayford (Source: SCSO)
Darnell Jordan (Source: SCSO)
Darnell Jordan (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Walgreens customers and employees seem to be the latest targets for armed robbers.

People have been held up at two Memphis stores in the last three days.

"When you go to a Walgreens, you don't expect to be robbed," shopper Maven Rucker said.

Monday morning, four teens were arrested following a robbery at the Walgreens on Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Police said three men walked into the store just after 8:45 a.m while one waited outside. Two of them had AR-15 rifles.  According to the police report, one of the men holding a rifle took pills from the pharmacy. Another man with a handgun told the cashier to open the register, but she could not get the drawer open. The third man stood lookout and took a customer's wallet and keys.

All four sped away from the business in a white Infiniti that had been stolen from DeSoto County.

Two officers spotted the car on Horn Lake Road and Shelby Drive. They started following the suspects, who turned onto Western Park Road. The car pulled into the parking lot of Rayford's Hall on S. Third Street, and all four men ran out of the car.

An officer stopped one of the suspects, an 18-year-old man who was carrying one of the guns. The other three suspects ran into the woods and hid in a trailer park on Candle Lite Road.

Three K-9 officers found the suspects, a 17-year-old and two 19-year-olds, in an abandoned home.

"Everything went well," said Memphis police officer J.E. Kirkwood. "Suspects are in custody, all four, and no one is hurt. No damage done. We're just good. We're happy."

Officers found a fully automatic AR-15 rifle and a black handgun inside the suspects' car. They also found a ski mask and a hoodie inside the trailer park.

The three suspects over 18 years old were identified as Ariq Rayford, Darnell Jordan and Clemeko Starks Jr. All three are charged with aggravated robbery and intentionally evading arrest in a car.

In addition, a woman and her son were robbed over the weekend in a different Walgreens robbery. It happened at the Walgreens on Kirby Parkway, and that gunman is still on the loose.

"It's Walgreens. They have cameras. It's protected so people wouldn't do anything to me, but again, it's Memphis. If they don't fear the police, then they don't care about anything," shopper Maven Rucker said.

Police said as the woman was leaving the store with her son at Walgreens on Kirby Parkway, a driver bumped the back of her car. When she got out to exchange information with the other driver, that's when the man walked up to ask if everything was OK. Police said as he walked away, he pointed a gun at her son's head and forced him to hand over her purse.

It was not until the woman got back into the car that she realized what happened. She immediately called police.

"I think it's good to just do what you do no matter what and not let it get to you," shopper Brandon Taylor said.

Some pharmacy goers are doing their best not to let fear control their daily routine, but people like Taylor are taking precautions.

"I try to look like I don't have anything for people to rob from me, I guess, is my technique," Taylor said.

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