2 arrested in robbery, murder of man in south Charlotte

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2 arrested in robbery, murder of man in south Charlotte


by WCNC.com Staff


Posted on October 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 9:33 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested two men late Wednesday night in for the murder of 65-year-old Robert Heym.

Heym was shot in the face with a shotgun and killed in south Charlotte around 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Police said that Stacey Dejon Brown, 20, and Roderick Derrick Crawford, 21, were taken into custody without incident by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team late Wednesday evening and have both been charged with murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.

Police said Heym was killed in a shooting which happened on Conway Avenue near Scaleybark Road between South Boulevard and Park Road, a quiet collection of one-story houses near a public library and an elementary school.

Authorities were investigating a series of recent robberies targeting Latinos in the area.  Police said there have been four robberies in the neighborhood recently and added extra patrols as a result.

Officers from CMPD’s Westover Division heard the gunshot, but stopped to help Heym so the suspect was able to get away.

Of the two suspects, Brown has an extensive criminal history, having been arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, and burglary.

Last year Brown was charged in two different robbery cases at the Westside Apartments off Freedom Drive.

One of the victims of that crime told NBC Charlotte Thursday that he was armed at the time, but didn't draw his gun because the suspects were so young.

The man, who did not want to identify himself, said he regrets that decision because perhaps he could have prevented Heym's murder.

Prosecutors dropped charges in both cases because of problems with victim identification.

Heym did not own a car and was walking home when someone tried to rob him, police said.

“Bob was a very sweet, kind man who didn't harm anyone.  He took care of his cats, went to work every morning and night faithfully," said friend Aleta Lee.

Police ask that anyone with information in the case call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.