Suspect in 11:30 AM Robbery Arrested After Brief Standoff at Apartment Complex

By GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 via

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Plaza Terrance Apartments are normally quiet, but that was not the case on Friday afternoon as a police helicopter hovered overhead and officers surrounded the building.

“I saw the road was blocked off and that’s about all I saw,” said neighbor Joanne Cannon. “And the police officer told me I need to get inside of a building.”

Investigators say a man with a shotgun robbed Wireless Kingdom and Rap City Fashion on The Plaza around 11:30 a.m. Friday. The suspect was seen crossing the street with that shotgun shortly after the robberies.

“We were in the area,” said Capt. Demetria Faulkner-Welch. “We have officers assigned to the area, so officers were in the area when the call came out.”

Police got to the area so quickly that the suspect did not have time to get away, so instead he hid in one of the apartments. As the standoff progressed, elderly residents, like 71-year-old Margie Leach, were evacuated.

“They knocked on my door and told me to come out and stuff cause there was a guy he was armed and dangerous,” she said. Leach says when she found out what was going on, she decided officers were right.

The SWAT team joined the action and negotiators talked the suspect out of putting up a fight.

“There was some communication with him and then he ended up coming out,” said Faulkner-Welch.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect. A school near the area, nearby school, Highland Mill Montessori, was placed on lockdown during the incident.

Published in: on May 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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