Police arrest suspect in killing of Kelso store clerk Kayla Chapman

D'Anthony Leslie Williams. (Photo via the Kelso Police Department)

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

Police arrested D'Anthony Leslie Williams at about 5:30 p.m. in Camas, Washington.

Officers took Williams 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.

According to the Kelso Police Department, Williams’s vehicle, which it said he had stolen at an earlier date and was used during the crime, was found in Vancouver by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and by Vancouver police officers.

Police said there were two other people in the vehicle. Officers encouraged them to contact the Kelso Police Department.

The search for those two other people brought in agencies from around the region, including Oregon. KATU News confirmed Gresham police were asked to keep an eye out.

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.

Williams was taken to the Cowlitz County Jail, where he faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession meth.

He’s being held without bail.

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