Two local teen-agers charged in armed robbery

Two local teen-agers who were arrested early Tuesday after an armed robbery of a Kingman convenience store and a high-speed chase that followed were charged with several felonies including attempted first-degree murder.

John Henry Jr., 18, of Golden Valley and James Derrick Harrison, 18, of Kingman, were arrested around 1:30 a.m.

after a chase that began at a convenience store in the 2100 block of Kingman Avenue and ended in Golden Valley, KPD Capt.

Larry McGill said.

Harrison faces felony charges of three counts of aggravated assault, one count of armed robbery, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of flight.

Henry, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with one count of armed robbery, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of flight, all felonies.

Around 1 a.m., Harrison allegedly demanded money from a store clerk at gunpoint, then allegedly fired several shots in the store.

The clerk was not hurt.

The two men then allegedly fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a vehicle with its lights off on Harrison Street while police took up pursuit.

The high speed chase made its way through Kingman streets onto Interstate 40.

Police, now assisted by officers from Mohave County Sheriff's Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety as well as from DPS's helicopter Ranger-41, chased the teen-agers on I-40 at speeds up to 85 mph heading onto Highway 93, then on Highway 68 through Golden Valley.

Harrison, the passenger in the vehicle, allegedly fired shots from a 9mm and a .357-caliber handgun at the pursuing officers.

No injuries were reported in the chase, McGill said.

Just west of Golden Valley on Highway 68, the suspects' car stalled and Henry and Harrison were quickly captured, McGill said.

A records check on the two guns allegedly thought to have been used by Henry and Harrison in the robbery were traced to a pawnshop on Northern Avenue that was burglarized on Aug.

17, Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Johnson said.

Twelve guns were reported stolen in the pawnshop burglary and are currently listed in the National Crime Information Center, he said.

In addition to KPD's charges, MCSO has also charged Henry with first-degree burglary, trafficking in stolen property in the first degree and possession of stolen property, all felonies, Johnson said.

Harrison was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Harrison was not charged with the pawnshop burglary, which remains under investigation.

Additional charges are pending, Johnson said.