Motor Unit Arrests Juvenile During Traffic Enforcement Shortly After Committing Armed Robbery

6/10/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Thursday, June 10, 2021) – Detectives with the Independence Division have charged one juvenile for his involvement in an armed robbery one hour before a traffic stop conducted by CMPD’s Motor Unit.

Shortly after 6:00 a.m., officers with the Independence Division responded to the 8700 block Monroe Road at the McAlpine Creek Park, reference an armed robbery call for service. Upon arrival, officers spoke with two victims who advised they had arrived at the park when a male subject approached them, pointed a firearm at them, demanded money, and took the victim’s vehicle keys. The subject left the scene on foot and then shortly after returned and left in the victim’s vehicle.

The same day CMPD’s Motor Unit was assigned traffic enforcement in the Independence Division. Approximately one hour later from the robbery, one of the officers with the Motor Unit observed a vehicle with traffic violations and initiated a traffic stop. Officers communicated the information to the Motor Unit that the vehicle they were conducting a traffic stop was the vehicle matching the description in the armed robbery an hour prior. Motor Unit officers were able to detain two juvenile occupants in the vehicle without incident.

Detectives interviewed both juveniles. Following the interview, one of the juveniles was transferred to Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Jail North, and charged with Armed Robbery With A Dangerous Weapon. The juvenile also received traffic-related charges, including Speeding, No Operators License, Reckless Driving, Obtaining a Fictitious License Plate, and Providing Fictitious Information to an Officer.

The prompt response from both Independence Officers and Motor Unit allowed officers to make the arrest quickly. Detectives are actively reviewing additional cases to determine possible other involvements. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD’s Public Affairs Office. Anyone with information about this case is asked to leave it anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/

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