By DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte, December 27, 2013
A 17-year-old teen has been arrested and at least one more suspect is still on the loose after an armed carjacking early Friday morning that led to a police pursuit.
The chase ended with a standoff in the Polk Building at N. Graham and W. Trade streets after the suspect crashed the stolen car into the building and ran inside.
De’Angelo Quinil Bradley, 17, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, fleeing from police, resisting arrest, and breaking and entering for running into the vacant government building.
He is in Mecklenburg County Jail under $50,000 bond.
But this isn’t the first time this year Bradley has faced serious charges.
On October 25, jail records show Bradley was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
He was placed in Mecklenburg County Jail under $75,000 bond and released three weeks later on November 15.
As of Saturday night, Bradley had not been charged with armed robbery for the Friday morning carjacking, and police are asking for help finding another suspect who was involved.
Here’s how CMPD said the events unfolded: A woman reported she was carjacked at gunpoint around 1 a.m. in the parking lot of apartments on Diamond Creek Circle in the Steele Creek area.
A description of the vehicle was broadcast to officers, and CMPD said officers began following a car similar to the one reported stolen around 4:15 a.m. on Statesville Avenue north of uptown.
There was only one person in the car when police began to follow it, although the victim told police there were two or three people inside when it was stolen.
Officers attempted to make a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle, but the driver didn’t pull over. PoIice pursued the car until it crashed into the vacant Polk Building.
Police say one person ran inside the building, leading to a several-hour standoff with officers in uptown.
During the standoff, Bradley was arrested and taken to police headquarters for interviews.
Panthers back-up QB Derek Anderson live-tweeted the events from his uptown home. Click here for the story.
Workers had boarded up the building where the car hit it Saturday afternoon, but southbound lanes of Graham Street between West 5th Street and West Trade Street will remain closed for building repairs.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.