Police are trying to identify the man responsible for the Mother’s Day robbery in Southwest Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are trying to identify the person responsible for a robbery in southwest Charlotte.

Police say the incident happened around 7 p.m. Sunday night in the parking lot of a shopping mall at 7631 Sharon Lakes Road.

“A suspect pointed a handgun at an individual,” said Detective Rick Smith of CMPD Crime Stoppers. “He pointed a handgun at him, demanded money, then punched him in the face with a handgun before leaving the parking lot.”

Smith said the person who was robbed suffered injuries but was not seriously injured.

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Surveillance footage shows the thief pointing a gun at someone outside a vehicle in the parking lot. The detective said it’s rare to hear about armed robberies that happen in broad daylight.

“You would think that because it’s relatively busy it would be a bit of a deterrent and we would hope it would be a bit of a deterrent, but in this case it wasn’t,” Smith explained.

The detective said the thief obtained a wallet and other personal belongings from the victim before fleeing the area in a vehicle. Smith said there have recently been several robberies in the Sharon Lakes Road area.

“We believe this suspect may be responsible for many of these thefts,” Smith said.

He said it’s possible the person responsible for the Mother’s Day theft was also responsible for other thefts in the area. The detective also issued a warning to people who live in the area.

“Continue to be vigilant. Try to walk in groups if you can, in well-lit areas, etc. If you see anything suspicious, give us a call,” Smith said.

He said the individual responsible for the Mother’s Day robbery would be around 5ft 6in and possibly in his mid to late thirties.

Anyone with information about the Mother’s Day robbery or other criminal activity in Southwest Charlotte is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters can remain anonymous and they can receive a cash reward if they have information that leads to an arrest. Community members can also submit crime tips through the P3 Tips app.

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Mark M. Gagnon