Armed robbery, shots fired on I-85 lead to Charlotte manhunt

Armed robbery, shots fired on I-85 lead to Charlotte manhunt


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 8:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police took a man into custody after a brief chase in northwest Charlotte Friday morning.

The chase started after a woman called police regarding an incident with three men in an Impala on I-85. Police tried to pull the car over but the driver refused to stop.

“She reports they were shooting at her because she was following them,” said CMPD Sgt. Brian Scharf.

Police questioned the woman following their arrest. 

Scharf says the victim knew the three men who had robbed her at gunpoint earlier that morning.

Police worked to locate the Silver Impala on the report the men may have been firing multiple shot along the interstate.

Officers pulled over several vehicles matching the description, but this car in question refused to stop. Officers chased the car off of I-85 to a nearby neighborhood.

One man jumped out of the car which had ended up on a dead-end street near Tennessee Avenue and Rayon Street, off Brookshire Boulevard.

The two other men did not jump out of the car and were taken into custody by officers, according to police.

“Some of them were coming from behind my house,” said Christian Knox.  She lives two doors down from where the suspect chose to hide.

“I’m in bed, on the phone just talking to a friend, and I was like, 'what is that noise?'”

She heard the helicopters, and dozens of officers surrounding the house. 

“He could have chosen to go into my house,” Knox said.

The man eventually surrendered 25 minutes after the chase started. 

The house was located about a block from where the car had been abandoned.  Police credit the K9 in tracking the suspect and leading officers right to the front door.