Cell phone pics help nab robber

Cell phone pics help nab robber

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 5 at 11:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said they were able to identify a man suspected in a series of robberies because he dropped his phone at one of the crime scenes.

Officers said Joseph Faulk, 27, committed three armed robberies in just over 24 hours.

The first robbery happened outside an apartment on Four Winds Drive around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The victim told police a man wearing a red bandana came up behind him, held a gun to his neck and demanded money. A phone discovered on scene had photographs of the suspect holding a gun.

About three hours later, police said Faulk--still armed and wearing a red bandana--robbed another man at an apartment complex on Springset Drive.

The next day, just after 2 a.m., Xavier Cullar was leaving his girlfriend's apartment in that same complex on Springset Drive when a man wearing a red bandana approached him as he opened his car door.

"He said 'Give me your money.' I hopped in the car, but he hopped in after me, so I gave him all I had," said Cullar. "I just backed up. There's a gun in my face, so I backed up."

Cullar said he wasn't surprised to hear how police found Faulk.

"People who stoop that low are stupid. Crime doesn't pay," he said.

Faulk was a passenger in a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. He gave officers consent to search him. That's when police found the red bandana and gun on him. CMPD said Faulk admitted the photos on the phone were of him.

Faulk is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon and probation violation.

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