A 21-year-old man with a history of arrests was chased down by police Saturday and charged in connection with a series of crimes over a two-week period.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives said the suspect, Thomas DeMiseo Alexander, robbed and beat victims across the city during the first half of May.
Investigators accused Alexander of beating several robbery victims, causing at least one woman to be hospitalized.
Alexander was captured by police after an officer spotted a silver Honda Civic that had been carjacked in the first of the robberies and then used in the series of crimes afterward, authorities said. Alexander was driving the car and refused to stop for officers, police said.
That set off a pursuit in northwest Charlotte, police said. According to investigators, Alexander jumped and ran from the car and dropped a handgun along the way. The gun was recovered, police said.
Police said Alexander was charged with six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon; five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault by pointing a gun; and one count each of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property.
He also was charged with felony failure to heed blue lights and siren, speeding, reckless driving, and resisting a public officer.
Investigators allege Alexander was involved in these crimes:
• May 4, 11:39 p.m., a woman reported a man armed with a handgun carjacked her, taking her silver Honda Civic.
• May 5, 8:42 a.m., a woman in the 1400 block of Green Oaks Lane said a man knocked at her door and forced his way in, assaulting her with a handgun and stealing an item from her residence.
• May 6, 10:35 p.m., a man in the 3700 block of North Sharon Amity Road said he was approached by two men, one of them armed, who struck him in the head with the gun after learning the man had no money. The victim had tried to run away from the suspects, police said.
• May 12, 1:45 p.m., an armed man robbed the Thomasboro Grocery, on Bradford Drive, taking money and cigarettes.
• May 14, 11:50 p.m., a man robbed Easy Shop 2, in the 5700 block of East W.T. Harris Boulevard. During the robbery, the suspect allegedly struck an employee with his gun.
• May 16, 12:10 p.m., a man entered the Sa Food Mart in the 1100 block of Morningside Drive and robbed the business at gunpoint.
Alexander’s record shows felony arrests in November 2011 and August 2012 for burglary, extortion, breaking and entering, and larceny.
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