From http://www.wsoctv.com by Torie Wells, February 10, 2014
CMPD Officers say they have now linked three men to several robberies in Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties. CMPD detectives said they have charged Jonathan Shaird and DaShawn Hunt for their involvement in a series of armed robberies.
According to a CMPD press release, Shaird and Hunt have been charged with robberies dating back to Oct. 14, 2013. Robbery locations include McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Taco Bell restaurants around the Charlotte area.
Shaird was arrested on Feb. 5 without incident. CMPD officers say Hunt and Davon McKnight were arrested by police in Indian Trail last week on charges of robbing a Firehouse Subs. They say an observant neighbor there called police when she noticed a strange car, which helped police catch the two men.
Hunt has additionally been charged with a robbery that occurred at Cookout on Sardis Road North on Jan. 13.
Detectives continue to work with affected areas to identify suspects in other cases. Hunt is in the custody of the Union County’s Sheriff’s Office and Shaird is in custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with additional information concerning these cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Man Robs Charlotte Pizza Restaurant
From http://www.wsoctv.com by Catherine Bilkey, February 8, 2014
Police are investigating another robbery at a Charlotte restaurant.
Police have not linked this one to others in the area, but the description of what happened is very similar.
Police said one man armed with a gun went into the Little Caesars just after 11 a.m. Saturday.
He got away in a white vehicle driven by another individual.
There have been nine other robberies similar to this one in the area over the past two weeks.
On Wednesday, police arrested Jonathan Shaird, who is accused of robbing a Taco Bell and Wendy’s on Freedom Drive.
He faces 16 robbery with a dangerous weapon charges, five conspiracy to commit robbery charges and three kidnapping charges.
People Eyewitness News spoke with said they’re not surprised by the rash of crimes.