Crime & Courts

Police apprehend suspect in robbery of Charlotte woman

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested and charged a 16-year-old in the robbery of a woman’s car and a police pursuit.

Police charged Deonte Grier with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle and operating a motor vehicle while fleeing to elude law enforcement. Grier also was charged on several unrelated outstanding warrants.

About 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a woman in the 1600 block of Cottonwood Street in CMPD’s Metro Division was approached by two males who brandished a weapon and demanded her car keys.

The assailants then knocked the woman to the ground and took her purse, which contained her car keys, and drove away in her car.

A short time later, a North Tryon Division officer saw the stolen vehicle near The Plaza and requested assistance from other officers and a police helicopter.

Police attempted a traffic stop but said the vehicle refused to stop. The helicopter followed the car until the driver jumped and ran. A brief foot chase followed before police detained Grier.

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