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Citizen helps CMPD arrest 2 in robbery case

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    - Mecklenburg County Jail photo
    Jontavious Polk, who already was wearing an electronic monitoring device while he awaited trial on robbery charges, was arrested this week and accused of robbing a man on South Tryon Street in Charlotte, police say. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)
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    - Mecklenburg County Jail photo
    Deontae Carrothers, 21, was arrested this week in connection with an armed robbery case on South Tryon Street, police say. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a tip from the public helped officers arrest two men Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery in south Charlotte.

Police say they were called when a man reported he was robbed at gunpoint in the 5100 block of South Tryon Street, a few blocks south of Nations Ford Road.

Investigators say the victim told them his wallet and other items were stolen, and that the suspects ran off.

A short time later, a resident told officers that the men ran past him and into a residence in the 5600 block of Coulee Place.

About the same time, police say, they were contacted by CMPD’s Real Time Crime Center, with a report that an electronic monitoring device being worn by Jontavious Polk had pinged at the robbery site. Crime Center personnel also said Polk’s monitoring device indicated he was inside the house on Coulee Place.

Polk had been ordered to wear the device as he waited trial in another robbery case.

Police arrested the two men inside the house and charged them with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Investigators say Polk, 22, was among those inside. The other man charged, according to police, was Deontae Carrothers, 21.

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