CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Authorities are searching for the suspect who they said robbed and assaulted a man before leading police on a pursuit in a stolen car Monday evening, speeding erratically across the streets and highways of Charlotte.
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Detectives said a man was walking along Cherrycrest Lane around 6 p.m. when two suspects approached him and robbed him at gunpoint. Shots were fired during the robbery but the victim was not hit by a bullet. Police said he was assaulted, though, and was taken tot he hospital with a head injury.
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Around 6:30 p.m., police spotted the suspect’s vehicle — which was a 2003 Nissan Altima that was stolen from a 7-Eleven on April 12 — and tried to pull the car over on North Graham Street. The driver refused to stop, leading to the pursuit, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.
During the chase, the car reached speeds close to 110 mph, according to CMPD.
The car could be seen from Chopper 9 Skyzoom weaving in and out of traffic, even driving the wrong way at one point.
After about 20 minutes, the driver let a passenger out in the Reid Park neighborhood off of West Boulevard, near the airport.
That person was immediately taken into custody. Their name has not been released.
The driver led police into uptown Charlotte where he abandoned the Nissan around 7 p.m. at South Tryon and Fourth streets, police said.
He was able to run away between buildings and has not been caught.
“All of a sudden, we saw about three squad cars coming very, very fast around the corner,” witness Dane Zumbahlen said.
“Very fearful. You’ve got kids, women, everybody walking around,” Danny Conway, who was in uptown, said.
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There were no wrecks during the pursuit.
“Just hearing that no one got hurt — that’s crazy to think,” said Jodi Keller, who was uptown Monday night. “The odds of no one getting seriously hurt.”
Police said the car used in Monday’s chase was stolen around 1 p.m. on April 12 from the 7-Eleven on University City Boulevard.
Officials said the keys were left in the ignition of the Nissan while the driver went inside the business. When they came back out, the car was gone.
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