Gunmen threaten father, tots in home

From the Charlotte Observer of 9-1-09

Written by Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

No one was hurt in latest of recent home invasions, but bandits still at large took cash and valuables.

A father and his two toddlers were threatened at gunpoint Sunday afternoon inside their northeast Charlotte residence – another of several broad-daylight home invasions reported to police this summer.

The father told Charlotte-Mecklenburg police two men with handguns broke into his Fairstone neighborhood home in the Derita community, said CMPD Sgt. Jim Wilson, who is commander over the area.

“They were just in the home, and the suspects came inside and pointed guns and demanded money,” Wilson said.

The suspects seemed to know the 31-year-old father sells shoes out of his car for his job and figured he had cash at home, said Wilson. Even so, the victim didn’t recognize the suspects, he said.

No one was hurt in the robbery, which lasted about five minutes, Wilson said. The men took cash and some valuables. There haven’t been any arrests.

At the time of the robbery, the father, 31, was with his 2-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. His 38-year-old brother also was in the house, located in the 3000 block of Fairglen Road off West Sugar Creek Road.

The area of starter homes has had three home invasions so far this year, Wilson said, compared to seven over the same period last year.

Woman Robbed at gunpoint at South Park Mall

From the Charlotte Observer of 8-22-09

Written by Steve Lyttle

An alert witness has provided Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police with some help after two men robbed a woman at gunpoint at South Park Mall.

The witness used her cell phone to take a photo as two men drove away from the robbery scene in the mall parking lot.

Police say a woman was leaving the mall and walking to her car when she was approached by two men who forced the victim to get on the ground. The men took the woman’s wallet, police say, and then got into their get-away vehicle.

The car, a 1999 two-door red Honda Civic, was stolen earlier in the day in North Charlotte, police told WCNC, the Observer’s news partner. The car’s N.C. license tag is VTF-8693.

The woman was not physically harmed. Police say anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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