Shopper Assaulted, Robbed by 3 People at SouthPark Mall

Taylor Hanley, 22, said he got separated from his friends, then three guys rushed him and demanded money.

From by Mark Boyle, Mitzi Morris, March 13, 2019

Three people are on the run after beating up and stealing cash from a shopper at SouthPark Mall on Wednesday March 13, 2019, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Taylor Hanley, 22, said it happened in a stairwell at Belk. He explained he got separated from his friends, then three guys rushed him and demanded cash.

“His friend had me bear-grabbed and said if you don’t empty your pockets, I’m going to knock you out,” Hanley said.

Hanley said the trio got away, but he had a good idea of what they looked like and called police to report the incident.

“I panicked for a minute,” he said.

NBC Charlotte has reported on crimes for years at the SouthPark Mall.

We checked the crime mapping website, and within the past seven days, police reported well over a dozen crimes. Some of those included robbery, car-break-ins, and thefts.

A mall spokesperson sent us a statement that read, in part, there are “a number of proactive security measures in place, both seen and unseen, including maintaining a continuous security patrol of our property and parking lots.”

As for Hanley, he said he’s not scared to shop at this major shopping mall but learned a good lesson about knowing exactly who is around him at all times.

“It’s really unfortunate that these guys did this,” he said.

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