Updated:MONROE, N.C.,None — A judge set $1 million bonds for two men arrested in Charlotte Wednesday morning in connection with last week's robbery and shooting at a License Plate Agency office in Monroe.
Otis Howie Jr. and Melvin Luckey were arrested by agents from the Monroe Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and State Bureau of Investigation and Department of Motor Vehicles investigators. Both men were charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of larceny with a firearm. Howie was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Walking into Monroe police headquarters Wednesday morning in handcuffs and shackles, Howie said it was a mystery to him as to why officers arrested him.
"I don't even know what they got me for," he said.
But investigators said he was the triggerman the double shooting outside the LPA in the Bundy's Square Shopping Center in Monroe on Nov. 1. The agency's owner, Crystal Jordan, and her husband, Robbie Jordan, were shot multiple times and robbed as they closed business for the day. Robbie Jordan was released from the hospital and reopened the office this week, but Crystal Jordan was listed in critical condition as of Wednesday evening.
"What we're looking at is this looked like it would be lucrative for (Howie and Luckey), then they staked it out and robbed the (Jordans)," said Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan.
Channel 9 discovered extensive criminal histories for Howie and Luckey. Records show that Howie was arrested and charged more than 70 times in several area counties in recent years, and that he was ultimately convicted on nearly two-dozen charges, including breaking into cars, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting an officer and possession of marijuana. Records also show that Luckey was arrested and charged more than 30 times, and that he was ultimately convicted on four counts, including trespassing, possession of a firearm by a felon and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Monroe police said the two also could be connected to two DMV robberies in Charlotte dating back to 2007, but wouldn't give specifics on the connection.
"That's usually how we catch them is because they keep doing it over and over again," Duncan said. "They make mistakes, they tell people, that sort of thing."
CMPD told Channel 9 that its investigators are working with Monroe police on the possible link among the three incidents, but said it's too early to confirm if they are, in fact, connected.
Someone close to the investigation also told Channel 9 that they were confident they arrested the people responsible based on evidence collected throughout the morning. When asked if that included the gun used in the shooting, the source would only say that they couldn't confirm that the weapon had been located.
Outside the DMV office in Monroe, word of the arrests spread quickly.
"It's really scary, but the police have done a good job," said Pete Tomberlin, who owns an auto dealership just up Roosevelt Boulevard. "I am so proud of the work they've done.
Tay Brewer, who owns Hard Lines Barbershop just a few doors away from the LPA said in the days after the shooting, business owners had formed a sort of buddy system where they would make sure no one was left leaving alone at night. He said the arrest of two people is a relief to him and others.
"I'm glad that the people have been caught," he said. "Hopefully, everything will go back to normal around here."
All day, supporters flooded a Facebook support page for the couple, posting comments about the arrests and ongoing prayers for the Jordans' quick recovery.
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