Police have arrested a Charlotte man in connection with a robbery at a popular Italian restaurant at Northlake Mall.
Manuel Carranza, 30, has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree kidnapping, according to police. He was arrested Tuesday and was in Mecklenburg Jail late Wednesday with bail set at $125,000.
Jail records show he also had outstanding warrants for car theft and altering serial numbers. Carranza also goes by Miguel Angel Guerrero and was arrested in late October for driving while impaired, speeding and driving with a revoked license.
The robbery happened just before midnight on Nov. 25, during a busy shopping period at the mall after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Officers were called to the restaurant by the manager, who told police she had been robbed at gunpoint, tied up and left in the restaurant. She escaped and then called police.
Police initially believed that two men might have been involved in the crime.
Investigators encourage anyone with more information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters are eligible for a reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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