Crime & Courts

2 men charged with robbing woman of purse in Charlotte on Queens Road

Two men have been charged with robbing a woman of her purse on a Saturday afternoon six weeks ago in the Myers Park neighborhood, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.

Investigators said a woman told them she was on the 1300 block of Queens Road, about a block from Providence Road, around 3:30 p.m. March 1 when a white van pulled up with two men inside. The woman said one man got out, walked up to her, and demanded her purse.

After getting the woman’s purse, the two men drove away, police said. The woman was not injured, according to investigators.

Police said detectives developed information leading them to Deareus Sims, 20, as a suspect in the case. Sims was found March 24 at a residence on Parkdale Drive, near Tuckaseegee Park in west Charlotte. After being questioned by police, Sims was charged with common law robbery, conspiracy to commit common law robbery and obtaining property by false pretense.

A second suspect, identified as 42-year-old Gerald Desmaratte, was located Tuesday on Little Rock Road in northwest Charlotte. Desmaratte was charged with common law robbery and felony conspiracy.

Police ask that anyone with information in this case contact Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.