Suspect in Charlotte break-in arrested Friday in cemetery

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Friday arrested a 22-year-old man in uptown who was wanted on charges related to a July 24 apartment break-in on North Graham Street.

Early Friday, officers said they encountered suspect Santerius Qwayshawn Allen in the 300 block of North Church Street.

Police had obtained warrants on Allen for felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering an apartment in the 400 block of North Graham.

When officers tried to arrest Allen on Friday, he punched an officer in the face and took off running, police said.

A perimeter was established, and a K9 unit was called in to help with the search. Officers from surrounding divisions responded to assist with the perimeter.

After an extensive search, police said, the K9 dog found Allen in a cemetery, and he was taken in to custody.

Allen was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. The officer who was struck wasn’t seriously injured, police said.

Once Allen was cleared by medical staff, he was transported to the Central Division team office where he was interviewed by detectives. Allen was then also charged with assault on a government official and resisting arrest.