911 call by fiance: 'She should have been home hours ago'

911 call by fiance: 'She should have been home hours ago'

Danielle Watson (left) and murder suspect Mark Anthony Cox

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 16 at 3:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Monday Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released the tragic 911 call made by the fiance of Danielle Watson, who was murdered while closing the Flying Biscuit Café at StoneCrest shopping center Friday night in Ballantyne.

Watson had just heard her baby's heartbeat for the first time last Monday, according to her fiance Keith Smith, and they planned to get married on Sunday.

In the call, Smith tells a 911 dispatcher he thought the Flying Biscuit was being robbed, but he gave the wrong address to the store.

"My girlfriend works there.  She called me and hung up abruptly and I could hear her yelling in the background," Smith said in the call.

"She gets off at 9.  She should have been home hours ago.  But it did sound like there was some sort of commotion in the background.  She called me from work.  I'm concerned.  I think maybe someone is trying to rob it."

Mark Anthony Cox, the man accused of murdering Watson, is currently charged with one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery. 

Police are still looking for Cox.  They believe he stole Watson's car, a 1997 baby blue, two-door Chevy Cavalier with the license tag ZYX1952.

Officers ask if you see the car, to call 911 immediately.  Anyone who might have additional information about the murder is asked to call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600, or the CMPD Homicide Tips line at 704-432-TIPS.

TRANSCRIPT

Dispatcher: Do you need police, fire, or medic?

Caller: Police

Dispatcher: Where do you need police?

Caller: 3930 Rea Road

Dispatcher: Is that a house or an apartment? 

Caller: It’s a business, I believe it’s being robbed. 

Dispatcher: What’s the name of the business? 

Caller: Flying Biscuit

Dispatcher: Why do you think it’s getting robbed?

Caller: My girlfriend works there.  She called me, hung up abruptly and I could hear her yelling in the background.

Dispatcher: What’s your girlfriends name?

Caller: Danielle Watson. (pause)

Caller: She gets off at 9, she should have been home hours ago. But it did sound like there was some kind of commotion in the background. She called me from work and I’m concerned and I think maybe somebody’s trying to rob it.

Dispatcher: Ok, I’ll go ahead and enter a call and have an officer go and check it out. What’s your name sir?

Caller: My name is Keith Smith

Dispatcher: And what’s your phone number?

Caller: 704-XXX-XXXX

Dispatcher: OK, I’ll go ahead and enter a call and have an officer check it out and we’ll give you a call back when we find out what’s going on.

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