Seven Latino men were robbed within a 48-hour period in what Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers describe as “targeted” incidents.
Many of the crimes occurred in the same east Charlotte neighborhood between Central Avenue and North Sharon Amity Road.
The first incident was Sunday around 8 p.m. and the last one was Tuesday evening, Eastway Division Captain Torri Tellis said during a press conference Thursday afternoon.
The robberies were similar in that each time a group of two to four people targeted Latino men, Tellis said. In all but one incident, the suspects were armed.
One of the victims was hospitalized with stab wounds, Tellis said.
The CMPD is continuing to investigate, Tellis said.
Officer Jose Campos said the suspects could be targeting Latinos because they often carry cash.
Chief Kerr Putney encouraged anyone with information relating to the crimes to call the police.
He emphasized that the CMPD is not concerned with victims’ or informants’ immigration status.
“I care that you’re not victimized while you’re here in this city,” Putney said.