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Baby rescued during SWAT incident at Charlotte apartment

A SWAT situation got underway in east Charlotte early Monday morning at the Stanford Reserve apartments on Kelston Place.
A SWAT situation got underway in east Charlotte early Monday morning at the Stanford Reserve apartments on Kelston Place. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Police rescued a 4-month-old baby girl during a SWAT standoff after two suspects accused of robbing a gas station took refuge inside an east Charlotte apartment complex early Monday

At 3:30 a.m., officers were alerted to a robbery at the Sam’s Mart gas station in the 6300 block of Albemarle Road. A store clerk told police that two people wielding guns entered the store and demanded money, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department news release. The two fled the store on foot.

A police K-9 unit tracked two suspects until authorities learned they were inside the Stanford Reserve apartments on Kelston Place, less than a mile from the old Eastland Mall site.

A SWAT team arrived on scene when the suspects barricaded themselves inside the apartment, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

Negotiators were able to speak with a suspect inside the apartment and persuaded him to surrender to officers. SWAT team members went inside the apartment and found the second suspect with a baby girl inside one of the units, police said.

Officers took the man in custody and rescued the infant. The child was unharmed and reunited with her family, police said.

Police have not released the identity of the two suspects.

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