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Police arrest man connected to University City robberies

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

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Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with two attempted armed robberies and a completed robbery with a dangerous weapon in January 2013 in the University City area.

Police say that on 1:38 a.m. on Jan. 8, Alexander Garcia Fuentes robbed a man at gunpoint after he pulled up to an ATM at 8300 Medical Plaza Drive.

The man told police that the suspect forced him to withdraw funds and then the suspect ran away, police said.

Then at 12:44 a.m. on Jan. 21, officers responded to the same ATM in reference to an attempted armed robbery. A woman told police that after she drove up to the ATM, someone walked up behind her and tried to rob her. The victim was able to drive away before being robbed.

In both cases the suspect wore clear tape over his face and had what appeared to be a large mole under his left nostril.

On August 21, the CMPD's Crime Reporting Unit received a tip on the identity of the man involved in these armed robberies.

A detective called Fuentes, who was living in Puerto Rico. She convinced him to voluntarily return to Charlotte and speak with her about the robberies.

On Sept. 6, the detective interviewed Fuentes, who admitted to the attempted and completed armed robberies at 8300 Medical Plaza. He also confessed to a Jan. 14 attempted robbery at the same location.

Fuentes is in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with further information about these incidents is asked to call the Crime Stopper's tip line at 704-334-1600, or visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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