Crime & Courts

Man charged with robbery at University City Zaxby’s

A man police say wielded a knife as he allegedly robbed a Charlotte chicken restaurant Tuesday morning was arrested after officers found him in the suspected getaway car.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Michael Mitchell, who turned 39 on Tuesday, with armed robbery.

Police were alerted to a robbery at University City Zaxby’s at 6340 W. Sugar Creek Road about 9:30 a.m., according to a police department news release. Once officers arrived, an employee told them a man armed with a knife had approached him and demanded money.

Once the man got the money, he fled in a car driven by a second person, police say.

After broadcasting a description of the suspect and vehicle, an officer with the department’s motorcycle unit found the car in a parking lot near West W.T. Harris Boulevard and Statesville Road.

Officers took both Mitchell and a second person in the car into custody.

Mitchell was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-University for minor medical issues. Police did not say what those issues were.

Investigators questioned Mitchell once he was released from the hospital; he subsequently was arrested and charged.

Police determined the driver of the car was not involved in the robbery, authorities said. He was issued a citation for no operator’s license and released.

Police say the investigation continues.