Teen committed 4 armed robberies in 2 weeks, police say

Tony Andre Humphrey

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 3:09 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police arrested an 18-year-old who they believe is responsible for committing several armed robberies throughout Charlotte this month.

Tony Andre Humphrey, 18, was arrested Wednesday and faces 12 felony charges for four armed robberies allegedly committed between April 3 and April 16.

On April 6, Humphrey is accused of holding a gun to the manager's head and pulling the trigger twice at a Sonic in south Charlotte.  The gun did not fire in either attempt.

According to witness reports, Humphrey jumped out of the van, walked into the restaurant and pointed a black revolver at the manager.  He then allegedly jumped back into the passenger seat of the van, despite not getting any cash, and fled from the scene while someone else drove.

"That was one of the most brasen robberries I've seen.  Thats just pure cruelty with that victim and we treated that case with that level of urgency," said CMPD police captain Mike Smathers.

Police said the teen robbed two different Regional Finance Corporation locations, the first on April 3 at 3:35 p.m. at 5210 North Tryon Street.  He is also accused in the armed robbery at the Regional Finance Corporation Monday morning at 4401 East Independence Boulevard. 

Police said Humphrey also tried to rob the Auto King at 5923 Orr Road last Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

A Dodge Caravan used as a getaway car in several of the armed robberies helped officers find Humphrey.

He was placed behind bars at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office under secured bonds in excess of $1 million.

Police said the fraud and gang units helped detectives during the investigation, which remains ongoing.

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