Police arrest suspect in deadly shooting of Kelso store clerk


    Kayla Chapman - Photo provided by a friend.

    KELSO, Wash. — Police arrested a 19-year-old man Wednesday in the killing of a Kelso convenience store employee during an early Tuesday morning robbery.

    Police say the suspect was arrested at about 5:30 p.m. in Camas, Wash. Officers took him into custody without incident.

    Police allege he shot and killed Kayla Chapman, 30, during a robbery at the Holt’s Quik Check at 400 Cowlitz Way, at 4:12 a.m. Tuesday.

    Chapman was the only employee in the store at the time.

    According to Kelso police, the suspect's getaway vehicle was found in Vancouver by police and Clark County sheriff's deputies. Police said the man had stolen the vehicle at an earlier date and it was used during the crime.

    Police said they are still looking for two other people who were in the vehicle during the deadly armed robbery. The search has brought in law enforcement from all around the region.

    And in Longview, police are investigating a possible connection to an armed robbery at a Mexican restaurant in December. The victim, who owns Monarca in west Longview told KATU a man pulled her by the hair, pinned her against the wall and then put a gun to her husband's head.

    The man made off with $1,500 in cash and her phone.

    The 19-year-old suspect in the deadly Kelso shooting was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail for investigation of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.

    He’s being held without bail.

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