Two Gadsden men charged with armed robbery of convenience store

Derick Rayshun Williams (left) and Patrick Louis Ray (right).

Two Gadsden men have been charged in connection with an armed robbery last week of a local convenience store, Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

According to the Etowah County Sheriff's Office, the two men entered the Kangaroo Express located at 1747 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden around 12:30 a.m. Friday and proceeded to rob the store. While one suspect leaped over the counter to steal cash from the register, another stood at the door demanding a female employee to open the store's safe.{}

After failing to get the safe open, the woman was forced into a restroom at gunpoint.

A motorist waiting at a red light nearby called 911 after witnessing the two suspects running into the store and engaging in "suspicious activity," Sheriff Todd Entrekin said.

The female witness then followed the two suspects as they fled the scene in a 1995 Ford Taurus.

"The detailed description she gave greatly assisted officers in the quick apprehension of the suspects," says Sheriff Entrekin.{} "We are thankful for the information she gave to dispatchers." {}

Within nine minutes of the woman's 911 call, Gadsden police located the vehicle and suspects at Forest River Apartments.

Patrick Louis Ray, 19, and Derick Rayshun Williams, 26, were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery. Police recovered the weapon and $120 stolen from the gas station during their arrest.

"We appreciate the teamwork of Gadsden officers," says Sheriff Entrekin. {}"This is just another example of how quickly a crime can be solved when agencies work together."{}

Both Ray and Williams are being held on $50,000 bonds in the Etowah County Detention Center.