Alex Cotton has been charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, criminal attempt and two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.
Authorities said Cotton entered Super Express, 1502 Central Ave., around 10:40 p.m. with a single barrel shotgun and demanded money from a clerk.
Another employee threw something at Cotton causing him to flee.
Ten minutes later, the suspect entered Tip Top Gas, 2447 Wrightsboro Road, with the shotgun and demanded money from the clerk. Authorities said the clerk was led outside at gunpoint after the suspect received money from the register.