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Police seek Smithfield AT&T store robber

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SMITHFIELD — Police are still searching for a man wanted in Thursday night's robbery at an AT&T store at 1247 North Brightleaf Blvd. around 7:20 p.m.

Authorities identified the suspect as 22-year-old Brian Lamonte Clark.

Smithfield Police Capt. Ryan Sheppard said Clark was armed with a handgun and demanded celluar devices as he ordered employees into an office at the back of the store.

When Clark received the celluar devices, he ran away, Sheppard said. There were no customers in the store when the robbery occurred.

Johnston County sheriff's deputies located Clark traveling on the U.S. 70 bypass. As deputies followed him, Clark attempted to flee, ran his car off the road near the intersection of N.C. 42 and the U.S. 70 bypass and fled on foot.

Smithfield investigators have secured warrants for Clark charging him with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony larceny and two counts of  kidnapping. 

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office has also secured warrant on a felony charge of fleeing to elude arrest.

Clark remains at large, said Sheppard. Anyone with information is asked to call the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121.

If witnesses wish to remain anonymous, they call the tip line at 919-989-8835 or send a message through the town of Smithfield's website.

Tipsters can also call the Johnston County Sheriff's Office at 919-989-5000.