CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said they have charged a 15-year-old in a series of armed robberies that took place on March 30 -- they day officers said Ronald Gullette was shot and killed in his driveway -- but said the juvenile was not involved in the murder.
Police had previously charged four teenagers in connection to a violent crime spree early that Sunday which ended with Gullette dead in his driveway.
Police said Randy Shawn Lloyd, 16, turned himself in at police headquarters more than 24 hours after he jumped and ran from officers who had spotted the stolen car he was driving after Gullette was shot.
Officers said another teen, Bobby Lannell Hargrove, 16, was identified through information and evidence gathered by investigators. Hargrove was charged with accessory after the fact of felony murder.
Police said Lloyd was the oldest of three teenagers -- the other was a 15-year-old boy and his 13-year-old sister -- who met in uptown Charlotte late on the night of March 29 and decided to go out and rob people.
“This was a crime spree. There's no question about it,” said Maj. Mike Smathers at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Smathers said the group began by robbing a couple outside a north Charlotte club just after 2 a.m. March 30 and then about 4 a.m., took a man’s pickup truck at gunpoint on West Boulevard.
Police said the teens then drove to an apartment complex on Canterwood Drive in north Charlotte where they robbed a jogger at 7 a.m.
At 8:20 a.m., police said they pulled up to a driveway on Pence Pond Road in east Charlotte where they took a man’s wallet and car at gunpoint.
On Tuesday, CMPD said they were charging a 15-year-old with two counts of armed robbery in connection to the Canterwood and Pence Pond crimes.
Officers said he confessed to being involved in the two robberies but had nothing to do with the murder of Gullette.
Police are not releasing his name and said they are not looking for any other suspects in Gullette’s murder.
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