CMPD: Robber targets home with man dead inside

Credit: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Pressley Davis Junior


by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 10:54 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Neighbors in one east Charlotte community are shocked after finding out criminals targeted a neighbor’s home and robbed him, even after finding out he was dead inside.

"My heart dropped, and I think it's one of the most despicable things I've heard of," says one anonymous neighbor.

Neighbors in the Finchley Perser community say they're appalled by the latest home robbery in their neighborhood. This time the victim was already dead.

"It's scary, you know. We've only been here six months and we've seen cops coming through here daily, and it's just sad," said neighbor, Markell Deese.

Police arrested suspect Pressley Davis Junior and charged him with breaking into and burglarizing 72- year-old David Brown's home on Jennie Linn Drive, and then taking off in Brown's Toyota Corolla, even after finding out that Brown was dead of natural causes inside.

"He's dead! Have some respect; you could have just left him his stuff," said one neighbor.

CMPD says Davis admitted he targeted Brown's home after seeing his mailbox overflowing and his trash cans at the end of the driveway for days.

"It's one of the reasons we got our ADT system," said one neighbor.

Neighbors say it's scary to know criminals are watching their homes.

“There are people in my neighborhood who are being very meticulous about homes they choose to break into."

A sad reminder, they say, of why they're always on alert.

"I don't care if I'm going around the corner for five seconds, I set my alarm because I don't want to walk into my home and somebody's in here," said the anonymous neighbor.

Police responded to the robbery after a neighbor called 911 after seeing the suspects leave Brown's house in his car.