Crime & Courts

Charlotte bank robber faces up to 40 years in federal prison

A Charlotte man faces up to 40 years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty on Thursday of robbing two banks days apart in January 2015.

After a two-day trial, 44-year-old Ronald McKnight was found guilty of robbing a Fifth Third Bank branch in the 200 block of South Tryon Street and a Wells Fargo branch in the 2900 block of South Boulevard. Police arrested McKnight later the same day of the Wells Fargo robbery.

Ronald McKnight
Ronald McKnight Mecklenburg County jail

During the Fifth Third Bank holdup on Jan. 5, McKnight presented a note to the teller that read, “Robbery. 100’s 50’s 20’s. No die packs,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The teller handed over $1,732 from her drawer, and McKnight left.

On Jan. 9, McKnight entered the Wells Fargo and presented a note to the teller with the same wording as in the previous robbery. The teller handed over $1,660, and McKnight took off with the cash.

McKnight has been in federal custody since January 2015. His sentencing has yet to be set.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak