CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police say they’ve arrested a man and his girlfriend in connection with two recent armed robberies in Charlotte’s University City area.
In each case, police said, the couple approached the victims as they walked in the early-morning hours around the small lake at the Shoppes at University Place, located across U.S. 29 from UNC Charlotte. It wasn’t immediately clear whether any of the four victims were students.
The first robbery was reported July 28. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said two people were walking around the lake when a man and woman approached them. The man pulled out a handgun and demanded cash, police said.
One of the victims offered the suspects their debit cards. But then, the suspects took both victims – at gunpoint – to a vehicle and drove them to a nearby Wells Fargo branch. The victims gave the female suspect their debit cards and PIN numbers, and the woman withdrew cash from each victim’s account, police said.
Afterward, the suspects dropped the victims off near the lake.
The following week, around 2:20 a.m. Aug. 3, a 30-year-old man and 34-year-old woman walking around the same lake were robbed by the same couple, police said.
The male suspect showed a handgun and demanded the female victim’s purse and then went through the male victim’s pockets. At some point, the male suspect demanded the PIN numbers for their debit cards, police said. When the victims reused, the suspects fled.
The pair escaped with the stolen purse, a bank card, jewelry and cash, according to a police report.
Police said the victims’ descriptions of the suspects in each case were similar, and robbery detectives soon learned where the suspects might live.
Officers found Tommy Leon Moses, 28, at an east Charlotte apartment Monday. Inside, investigators said, they also discovered evidence that implicated Moses and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Latoya Bianca Howie, in the robberies.
Police said Moses and Howie were each charged with conspiracy and four counts of kidnapping and four counts of armed robbery. Moses was also charged with possession of a gun by a felon.
Both remained in Mecklenburg jail Friday afternoon.