Crime

Woman charged with robbery at Gap at South Charlotte’s Arboretum

Ariel Terry
Ariel Terry Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office

Police have charged a Charlotte woman in connection with a November robbery at the Gap store in the Arboretum.

Ariel Terry, 22, was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police around noon Wednesday. She’s charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, conspiracy and misdemeanor robbery in connection with the Nov. 21 robbery. She was being held in Mecklenburg jail late Sunday with bail set at $250,000.

Terry is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Thursday at 1 p.m., according to jail records.

Police and witnesses have said there were several robbers, but investigators haven’t released details about other suspects.

Police identified Terry as a suspect in the robbery earlier this month and on Dec. 4 asked the public for help locating her.

The robbery happened just before 8 p.m. on a Saturday night at the clothing store. According to a police report, the robbers, armed with guns, stole the belongings of eight people inside.

A few of the victims talked to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, about the holdup, but asked that their identities not be revealed.

“I’m getting ready to walk out the door and I’m faced with four men with masks and guns, pointing and yelling everybody get down on the floor,” one of the female victims told WBTV. She said she went to the store to return something when the robbers began yelling.

“He instantly grabs my bag and starts to pull me on my knees to get me to the back of the store to the fitting rooms,” the woman said.

She pleaded with the robbers not to harm anyone. “I just asked him, you know, don’t hurt me, I have kids at home,” she said.

Another man was shopping with his wife when both were robbed.

Both victims said they were told to line up on the wall while the robbers tried to get money from the store’s manager.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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