CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Three suspects have been charged in connection to Monday morning’s robbery of the Bank of America branch at 6425 Albermarle Rd. in east Charlotte.
It happened just as the bank was open for business at 9 a.m.
Hickory Grove Division officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested Antonio Clendenning, Kenneth Lamont Moore and Kamera McBrayer with robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a stolen firearm.
McCrayer, who was behind the wheel, has also been charged with felony flee to elude.
Police got a report of two people dressed as women walking into the bank and demanding money.
"One of the suspects was dressed as a woman inside the bank, and wearing a disguise," said Lt. Jonathan Thomas.
It wasn’t the disguise, but rather the suspect's out-of-state, New Jersey license plates that may have helped a nearby police officer immediately spot the white Lincoln Town Car.
Thomas says police were able to quickly respond to the vehicle’s description. Officers tried initiating a traffic stop, but when the suspects refused to stop, the pursuit began.
"The occupants of the car threw one hand gun out as we were chasing it,” said Thomas.
The chase came to a crashing end at Rolling Oak Lane and Lawyers Road, not far from the bank.
Thomas says a traffic tie-up along the road forced the driver to plow into a neighborhood sign.
The sign sat on Forrest Blue Sr.’s front yard.
"Police cars came from everywhere. It scared me. My wife was still sleeping in the bed and she jumped up screaming, saying, ‘What's going on?’” he said.
Blue witnessed officers chasing the suspects. They had run from the car, down the street.
Officers caught all three a short distance away. Police say one ran away with the stolen cash, but it was recovered along with the weapon thrown out of the vehicle’s window.
Blue is thankful no one got hurt, because looking at the damage, he calls it a very close call.
"I'm grateful it hit the sign and not the house. It could have been a lot worse,” he said.
Investigators now want to know if the trio is responsible for other crimes.
CMPD is now working with the FBI, looking at bank robberies in the area to see if there is a match in suspect descriptions.