Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Armed Robbery Unit have charged Timothy Whiteside, 46, and Veronica Crawford, 42, for their involvement in a series of robberies that occurred Tuesday night.
Central Division officers responded a robbery call at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday to the 1300 block of S. College Street.
The female victim stated that the suspect had a firearm. She said the suspects fled the scene, according to CMPD.
Eastway Division officers responded to a call at 8:59 p.m. Tuesday in the 3700 block of Central Avenue in reference to a robbery. The female victim reportedly said that an unknown suspect approached her brandished a weapon. The suspect took the victim's purse and cell phone before fleeing the scene.
Eastway Division officers responded to a robbery call at 9:58 p.m Tuesday at Commonwealth Avenue and The Plaza. The male victim told CMPD he was sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot when was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects.
Providence Division officers responded to a robbery call at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday for the 1600 block of East Boulevard. The victim told CMPD that the suspects robbed her at gunpoint and stole her vehicle. The vehicle was recovered unoccupied shortly thereafter.
On Thursday, Metro Division patrol officers responded to a 12:11 a.m. call at the 1100 block of Justice Avenue in reference to a suspicious vehicle.
According to CMPD, officers arrived on scene and located an occupied vehicle that matched the description of the wanted suspect vehicle from these robberies. Officers approached the vehicle at which time the vehicle took off and officers pursued the vehicle.
After a short vehicle pursuit, the occupants were taken into custody. During the pursuit, they collided with a bystander's vehicle. The suspects were then transported to police headquarters and interviewed by detectives.
NBC Charlotte talked to one of the robbery victims.
"I remember there being a kind of sketchy homeless man," she said.
The woman asked us to hide her face and withhold her name to protect her identity. She went on to tell us about what happened Tuesday on her walk home from work at Wells Fargo.
"All of a sudden I look up, and he was up in my personal space with his arms out. I screamed and quickly darted around him, and then I hear a car coming in fast," she said.
The woman was being followed down South Tryon Street, police said, by Whiteside and Crawford. The vehicle the suspects were driving cut her off as she turned from Palmer Street onto College Street, right in front of Camden Southend Apartments.
"I just looked up and the passenger on the passenger side had this medium-sized, shiny-silver gun pointed at my abdomen," said the woman.
She bolted as fast as she could then called police.
According to CMPD, Armed Robbery and Westover Division detectives determined the suspects were also responsible for two additional robberies that occurred on Hemphill Street (October 27, 2018) and Reid Avenue (October 31, 2018).
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
NBC Charlotte's Rachel Lundberg contributed to this report.