Suspects chased down highway after Charlotte bank robbery
Three men accused of robbing a branch of the Bank of America in the South End on Friday may have thought they had deceived police in their escape attempt.
The trio changed cars, but officers were already at the scene and saw them doing so, according to a press release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Saturday. The theft call came from the bank’s branch on Iverson Way off South Boulevard in Charlotte just before 10 a.m., CMPD said.
Police said the suspects crashed the car into a dead end and reflected across Interstate 77, but stopped.
Kendell Alexander, 57, and Derrius Fleming, 30, both of Baltimore, Maryland, and Steven McCory, 36, have been indicted by CMPD officers.
Shortly after the reported theft, a CMPD officer spotted the suspects in a turning car in a nearby neighborhood and saw them attempting to change vehicles, the statement said.
Officers tried to stop the car, but the driver continued, soon crashing into the dead end of Spruce Street.
The suspects got out of the car and considered running across the freeway, police said.
The CMPD helicopter, a K-9 police unit, and officers from the Metro Division assisted.
Alexander, according to police, has been charged with theft with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a criminal, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit theft with a dangerous weapon. He remained jailed on Saturday on $ 200,000 bail, jail records show.
Fleming, according to police records, has been charged with theft with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit theft with a dangerous weapon. He was in jail Saturday on $ 175,000 bail.
McCory’s charges and bond amount were not available on Saturday.