Crime & Courts

Teen robbery suspect meets police dog after crashing car

Police on Wednesday arrested a teenage suspect in two convenience store robberies after he crashed his stolen car and was bitten by a police dog.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spotted the stolen car speeding on North Tryon Street in the University area on Wednesday morning. The driver ignored police when they said they tried to stop him. He then crashed into a median while trying to pass two cars, police said.

The driver didn’t get far when he tried to run from police. They soon caught up with him, as did the dog that bit him.

Police took the suspect, 19-year-old Shari Lavelle Harris of Charlotte, to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of what they described as a minor bite wound.

After Harris was discharged, police arrested and charged him with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and a count each of possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to heed light or siren. He was jailed on

The charges stem from robberies early Tuesday of the QT convenience store in the 7200 block of The Plaza and a 7/11 in the 8100 block of Old Concord Road, both in the University area.

Shari Lavelle Harris
Shari Lavelle Harris Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Police cited a passenger in the stolen car, 17-year-old Diastarrquacios McKnight, for resisting an officer.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak