2 accused in series of robberies, stabbings

A man and woman were in a Charlotte jail Saturday night, facing multiple charges in connection with a series of robberies and stabbings Friday that left four people injured.

Sheldon Straite, 19, of Charlotte, and Anitra Sadler, 30, were arrested Friday, accused of going on a crime rampage across the city.

Each is charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and five counts of robbery. Sadler also is charged with assault on a government official.

In three of the five cases, police say, the robbery victims were pushing ice cream carts. Police said Saturday that all four stabbing victims are expected to recover.

Police took Straite and Sadler into custody shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, after pulling over a gray Ford Focus that matched witnesses' description of a car used by a man and woman in the robberies. The Focus had a 30-day tag, which at least one witness mentioned, said Officer Bob Fey, a police spokesman.

The Observer's news partner, WCNC-TV, was at the police department when Straite was brought in for questioning.

“I don't know how we are supposed to rob anyone when we don't have any gas in there,” Straite said on camera.

Police arrested the suspects at the corner of East Independence Boulevard and Idlewild Drive, near an area of apartment complexes. Investigators told WCNC that they believe the duo might have been planning more robberies when they were caught. Observer staff writer Greg Lacour and WCNC-TV contributed.