CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – A suspect is being sought in connection to an armed robbery that occurred in the SouthPark Mall parking deck, according to police reports from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Authorities say they’re looking for a Black man last seen wearing a red puffy jacket, black pants and socks, and white shoes. The crime happened around 9:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, at 4400 Sharon Road in a parking deck at the mall.
“I don’t feel that safe,” said Seth, a shopper. “The only thing that I do to keep safe is honestly just be aware of my surroundings.”
An initial investigation stated that a man was approached by an unknown suspect and robbed at gunpoint of his personal items, which included $160 in cash.
“Honestly, hire more police force?” Seth continued. “It sounds basic, but it really is basic.”
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This is the second incident at the high-end retail mall in the last few months. In August, two suspects robbed the Belk department store. An employee told officers two people entered the store and tried to flee with multiple items, including Ralph Lauren children’s clothes.
SouthPark Mall sent Queen City News the following statement.
The incident you are referring to occurred at the CATS bus stop. At SouthPark Mall, we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for our shoppers, employees, and retailers. Our program is Homeland Security Safety Act Certified, which recognizes our significant and continuous efforts to safeguard the public and is implemented in close collaboration with the Charlotte Police Department, tenants, neighborhood organizations and others. Elements of our program include recently installed license plate readers at all parking entrances, trained security professionals who patrol the property 24/7, hired off-duty police officers, and an on-site police substation. Security professionals and police are supported by the Simon Operations Intelligence Center, where highly trained specialists use purposefully built algorithms to monitor real-time risk. Our team of specialists provide real-time 24/7 CCTV camera monitoring, dispatching, and local, state and national intelligence gathering.