Suspect Apprehended Following SWAT Activation--July 20

Charlotte, N.C. – (Monday, July 20, 2021) – Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team worked alongside negotiators to successfully de-escalate and apprehend a barricaded suspect in the North Tryon Division and have charged Robert Andrew Rios, DOB: 05/25/1986, for his involvement in a series of crimes.

Shortly before 8:00 p.m., on July 19, 2021, North Tryon Division officers responded to the 600 block of NC Music Factory Bv reference a domestic disturbance and assault with deadly weapon call for service.

Upon officer arrival, the victim stated Rios had assaulted her and discharged a firearm in close proximity to her, and then locked himself in the residence. As officers approached the home, the front door was closed. They knocked on the door and announced themselves. Rios came to the door. Officers asked Rios to see his hands; the suspect showed them a firearm. Rios barricaded himself in the house. Officers immediately moved to positions of cover, established a perimeter, and SWAT officers, as well as negotiators, responded and made multiple attempts to make contact.

Warrants were obtained during the period of the incident.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. on July 20, 2021, after speaking with negotiators, Rios peacefully surrendered to SWAT officers. Rios was transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Gun, Aggravated Assault on a Female, Discharging a Firearm to Enclose or Incite Fear, and Communicating Threats.

No CMPD officers were injured or discharged their service weapons during this incident. Special thanks to community members for their support that led to Rio’s arrest.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to provide that information by calling 911. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD’s Public Affairs Office. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210719-1955-01.