Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested an 18-year-old in connection with a string of armed robberies, including one case in which the suspect allegedly put a gun to a victims head and pulled the trigger.
Police say Tony Andre Humphrey of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday and charged with 12 felony counts and one misdemeanor, involving four robberies. Police say he also was charged in connection with an unrelated fraud case.
He is being held with bail set at more than $1 million. Police say Humphrey could face federal charges in some of the cases, as the investigation is continuing.
According to investigators, Humphrey was involved in several robberies in which the suspect used a Dodge Caravan as the getaway vehicle. He is accused of robbing Regional Finance Corp. branches on April 3 (5200 block of North Tryon Street) and April 16 (4400 block of East Independence Boulevard); an Auto King on Orr Road on April 14; and a Sonic restaurant on Forest Point Boulevard on April 6.
Police say that in the Sonic robbery, the suspect pointed a handgun at the managers head and pulled the trigger twice. The gun did not fire either time.
Humphrey is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder; two counts of motor vehicle theft; two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon; one count of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon; three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon; felony uttering a forged instrument; felony marijuana possession; felony cocaine possession; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police say investigators from both the fraud and gang units were involved in the case. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers, at 704-334-1600.