To Catch A Criminal: Your Crime Stopper Tips Lead To Arrest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Remember the guy we showed you video of last month, handing the cashier at the Family Dollar off South Boulevard a note, demanding money. His face, never seen in the January video, but it didn’t matter.

WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty asked Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Detective Adrian Johnson, “How did the arrest come about? Was it a Crime Stoppers tip?” He replied, “It definitely was.” Someone recognized the guy, 38-year-old James Pope, in a few different ways, says Johnson. “Definitely by his clothes he was wearing, the way he walked, the motion of his arms, and he had on gloves,” he says.

Pope’s been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, because police say he also told the cashier he had a gun.

Now, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police need your help with a new case. They need to identify and find the guy accused of robbing an east Charlotte convenience store and pistol whipping the clerk. It happened at a 7-Eleven on Monroe Road on February 9th. After he stole cash from the register, and assaulted the employee, he’s also accused of pointing his gun at a customer. “And then he demanded her wallet,” says Johnson.

The pictures may be a bit blurry, but Detective Johnson says they’re good enough. He says, “Someone who knows the suspect will be able to ID him by looking at this picture.”

If you recognize the guy in the pictures, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website here. You will not be asked for your name or your phone number and you will not have to go to court, but you could get a cash reward.