3 arrested in uptown SWAT incident

Robbery suspects barricaded themselves inside of a building in uptown Friday evening, prompting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to bring in the SWAT team.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Robbery suspects barricaded themselves inside of a building in uptown Friday evening, prompting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to bring in the SWAT team.

What began as warrant service on three suspects in an armed robbery out of the University area turned into a SWAT situation.

A large police presence was seen in the 300 block of South Graham Street Friday when the SWAT team was called in to attempt to locate the barricaded robbery suspects. 

Ryan Weiss was visiting his girlfriend from out of town. As he was about to take his dog out for a quick walk, he was ordered by police, "in full tactical gear" to evacuate.

"The third officer came around the corner that wasn't in tactical gear and grabbed me and escorted me out," Weiss said.

Two suspects were taken into custody rather quickly, but a third remained barricaded for hours before voluntarily surrendering. 

Monday, CMPD announced the names of the individuals charged in connection with the incident:

  • Tyrek Brown, 20, is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, receive stolen goods and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
  • Jason Simpson, 19, is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, receive stolen goods and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. 
  • Alexus Johnson, 20, is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and receive stolen goods. 

Weiss called the situation a "shocking experience."

"You don't expect to look down the hall and see a bunch of tactical officers," Weiss said.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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