CMPD still looking for robbery, shooting suspect in NE Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is still looking for a male suspect in connection with a robbery and a shooting that took place at two separate Northeast Charlotte hotels Thursday evening.

Drury Inn & Suites, one of the affected businesses, is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 --- in addition to the Crime Stoppers reward -- for information to help identify and arrest the suspect.

The CMPD describes the suspect as a 5-foot-10-inch to 6-foot black male with a

thin build” in his late 20’s with short dreadlocks. He was described as wearing a red T-shirt and camouflage shorts during the crimes in question.

The first incident took place just after 7 p.m. at the Rodeway Inn at 1416 W. Sugar Creek Rd. According to the CMPD, the suspect, brandishing a weapon, demanded money upon entering the hotel.

Less than an hour later, the same suspect entered the Drury at 415 W. W.T. Harris Blvd. The man this time shot the clerk once before fleeing the scene.

The victim, CMPD said, was transported to the Carolinas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Representatives from neither hotel could be reached for comment. Through a spokesman, CMPD said it could not provide any additional information at this point in the investigation.

Those with information about the case or the suspect are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or to visit the Crime Stoppers website at charlottecrimestoppers.com.

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