Sunday, August 26, 2012

Two people charged in 2 fast food robberies

Charlotte police arrested a man and woman Wednesday night as they tried to flee the scene of an armed robbery at a McDonald’s in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood.

The couple, identified as Rahshawn Shamir Johnson and Mariah Laquincia Pew, admitted to robbing another fast-food restaurant earlier this week according to CMPD. Both Rahshawn and Mariah are 20 years old.

Wednesday’s robbery was reported at 10 p.m. at a McDonald’s on Central Avenue. Police stated that the suspect was spotted fleeing the scene in a black Nissan Maxima.

A responding officer en-route to the restaurant saw someone trying to flag him down in a nearby alleyway, where a black Nissan was parked, police said. As the officer pulled into the alleyway, he saw Johnson run from the vehicle, jump a fence, and toss a handgun.

Johnson was soon caught and taken into custody. Police said they also arrested Pew, who had been driving the getaway car.

Johnson and Pew admitted to the robbery after being interviewed by CMPD detectives and they also confessed robbing the Captain D’s restaurant on Freedom Drive, near its intersection with Alleghany Street, on Tuesday night.

Both were each charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of conspiracy and remain in Mecklenburg jail.