Independence Division - Suspect charged in robbery from business


Wednesday, March 21, 2018,

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Armed Robbery Unit have charged Brandon James, DOB: 04/13/1987, for his involvement in the armed robbery of a CVS.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at 6:50 p.m., Independence Division officers responded to an armed robbery from business call for service at the CVS, located at 5700 Albemarle Road.  Upon arrival, officers were advised that a male suspect entered the store and brandished a firearm.  The suspect demanded property from the victim business.  Upon receiving the property, the suspect got into a vehicle that was outside.  

Responding officers gathered a description of the suspect and suspect vehicle and disseminated that to officers that were circulating the area.  Detectives with the Real Time Crime Center were able to locate the suspect vehicle and provided a direction of travel.  Independence Division officers quickly located the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  The passenger, later identified as Brandon James, took off running on foot and was taken into custody after a short foot chase.  The driver and James were transported to police headquarters where they were interviewed by Armed Robbery Unit Detectives. 

Upon completion of the interview, Robbery detectives charged James with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Gun) and Resisting Arrest.  James was subsequently transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. 

Detectives determined that the driver did not have any knowledge of the robbery and was released and not charged. 

Thanks to the excellent work by Independence Division Officers, Real Time Crime Center and the Armed Robbery Unit, this suspect was quickly identified and arrested. 

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  Any further information concerning this case will be released by the Public Affairs Office.   


Anyone with additional information about this case or the suspect is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704.334.1600 or visit the website at  For additional information about this incident, please refer to CMPD report number 20180320185001. ​