Four Armed Robberies In Charlotte In Less Than Four Hours

CHARLOTTE, NC —  Four armed robberies in Charlotte in less than four hours. One victim, pistol whipped. A man and woman are charged in the robbery spree.

Justin Meneses describes the moment he became a crime victim, “All of a sudden it opens and I’m thinking to myself it’s somebody I know. No, it’s a gun straight to the temple.”

The suspect tried to carjack him Tuesday nigh in Plaza Midwood, then pistol whipped him and took off.

“I’m very grateful, I’m very, very happy I’m well and the only thing I got was this small scrape on the side of my head.”

CMPD says the attack came toward the end of Veronica Crawford and Timothy Whiteside’s robbery spree. That crime spree started almost two weeks ago, when police say they stole a car from a 65-year-old woman on Hemphill Street in West Charlotte. They’re accused of using it as a getaway car in five armed robberies in different parts of the city.

One happened before 7 p.m. Tuesday on Palmer Street near South College Street. Police say Crawford and Whiteside followed a 25-year-old woman and pointed a gun at  her and told her to get in a car, she ran and hid.

“They had no regard for anything or anyone and there were just carelessly driving around in the vehicle,” says CMPD Sgt. Brian Scharf.

Officers got a tip early this morning, spotted the stolen car, then chased it and arrested Crawford and Whiteside after they crashed.

“The suspect vehicle collided with an innocent victim vehicle at the intersection. When the suspect vehicle collided with that vehicle, the passenger attempted to jump and run from the vehicle,” says CMPD Officer Michael Benfield.