A man wanted in a March stabbing in University City was in his seat on a flight headed from Charlotte to Miami on Thursday afternoon. After connecting in Miami, Aldon George Lawrence had planned to fly to either Jamaica or Bermuda.
But the 26-year-old didn’t even get up in the air. Before his Charlotte flight left, U.S. Customs agents boarded the plane and took him off.
After interviewing Lawrence, he was charged with attempted murder, assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill, among other charges. Police say he stabbed five people at the Red @ 28th Hookah Lounge in University City on March 19. Police say the fight broke out between entertainers booked at the venue and customers.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police credit the community with helping find Lawrence.
Authorities struggled to identify him, but said evidence from the scene eventually led them to get a photo of Lawrence.
Police said tips over the past 36 to 72 hours from the Crime Stoppers hotline helped them find him.
CMPD University Division Capt. Brian Folley said this case may not have been solved without help from the public.
“Crime Stoppers is an extremely valuable tool for us,” Folley said. “If we stay at it and we have some tenacity involved, then people do come forward and help us identify suspects, especially in cases of this magnitude.”
Police said all five victims are expected to make full recoveries.
Emmanuel Morgan: 704-358-5337, @_EmmanuelMorgan