Crime & Courts

Wells Fargo in Charlotte’s South End robbed Friday

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police credit a tip on the Crime Stoppers telephone line for the arrest Friday of a suspect in two uptown-area bank robberies.

The first robbery happened Monday morning at the Fifth Third Bank branch at 212 S. Tryon St. The second happened about 10 a.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 2910 South Blvd.

Police charged Ronald McKnight, 41, with two counts of common-law robbery.

Police said the Crime Stoppers tip followed the first robbery, and they were able to identify McKnight as a suspect. Evidence gathered after the Wells Fargo robbery led police to identify McKnight as a suspect in that robbery as well. McKnight was arrested without incident on Friday afternoon, police said.

“This case illustrates the importance of the community and police working together,” police said in a statement. “Had it not been for a citizen willing to call Crime Stoppers, chances are this suspect would still be free to prey on other members of our community.”

Police ask that anyone with more information in the case call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.