Federal Authorities Charge 3 Men in Charlotte Robberies

From The Charlotte Observer by Steve Lyttle, July 24, 2012

Federal prosecutors say they have added bank robbery charges against a Charlotte teen already accused in a string of robberies, including one in which the man allegedly held a gun to an employee’s head and pulled the trigger twice.

Three men, in all, were charged by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the April 13 robbery of the PNC Bank on East Boulevard in the Dilworth area.

One of them was Tony Humphrey, 18, who already had been arrested and charged by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in connection with a string of four robberies in a two-week period.

The federal government has charged Tony Humphrey, 18, of Charlotte, in connection with the April 13 robbery of a PNC Bank in Charlotte. Police allege Humphrey also was behind four April robberies in Charlotte, including one in which he allegedly pointed a gun at a restaurant employee’s head and pulled the trigger twice. The gun did not go off.

Also charged by the federal government in the PNC case were Sadiq White, 26, and Adonte Young, 26. Each man is from Charlotte.

Sadiq White, 26, of Charlotte, has been charged by federal authorities in connection with the April 13 robbery of a PNC Bank on East Boulevard. Investigators allege White drove a getaway car after the robbery.

Adonte Young, 26, of Charlotte, has been charged in connection with the April 13 robbery of a PNC Bank in Charlotte. Prosecutors allege Young fired his handgun twice while fleeing from the bank.

According to a federal indictment, Humphrey and Young entered the bank with handguns and demanded money. Prosecutors allege that Young fired his gun twice while leaving, but there were no injuries.

Federal prosecutors say Humphrey and Young fled in a stolen car, which they abandoned and then were driven in a different vehicle by White. Investigators also say White drove Young to the PNC Bank on the day before the robbery, for reconnaissance purposes.

The federal government’s indictment says authorities recovered the stolen getaway car and a disguise worn by Young.

The three men were charged with bank robbery, armed bank robbery, and possession of a firearm in connection with a bank robbery, in addition to several other charges.

Humphrey earlier was charged with robbing a Regional Finance office April 3 on North Tryon Street; a Sonic restaurant on April 6 on Forest Point Boulevard; Crown Auto Sales and Finance on April 14 on Orr Road; and another Regional Finance office April 16 on East Independence Boulevard;

Authorities have charged a 24-year-old Charlotte man, Corey Miller, with being an accomplice of Humphrey in the April 6 and 14 robberies.

During the Sonic robbery, police allege Humphrey held his gun against the head of an employee and pulled the trigger twice. The gun did not fire either time.

Authorities say the three men charged in the PNC Bank case are in federal custody.

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