by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:CONCORD, N.C. —
A driver just passing through town became the victim of an armed robber. It happened at the Hampton Inn off Dale Earnhardt drive in Concord Friday night.
Police say the victim checked in at the hotel, realized she forgot something, went back to her car and then a stranger pulled a gun on her. Police say suspect Brandy Stewart took her purse, and then took off in a car with three other people.
Now Stewart is locked up for armed robbery.
"That's crazy," Jennifer Neel, who works nearby said. "It's thoroughly crazy."
Eyewitness News stopped at Stewart's home Saturday to see if any family wanted to respond to the accusations that she pulled a gun on a woman who just stopped to sleep on a long drive. Channel 9 talked to her neighbor.
"She was always a nice person to me," neighbor Jason Martin said. "I didn't really see that happening at all."
Police say she didn't act alone.
They say she got into a car with three other people, now all charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Police say this wasn't the only crime the people in the car had planned.
"From some of the statements they gave us, this was something they set out to do, were looking to do some robberies that night," Capt. Robert Ledwell with the Concord Police Department said.
Police are hoping they stopped a crime spree before it really got started.
"One of our officers was cutting down another road to see if they took a side street and…. actually the vehicle passed him," Ledwell said.
Police were able to pull over the car and get the victim's purse back. Thanks to a descriptive 911 call and some smart officers, it took them mere minutes to find their suspects, handcuff them, and take them into custody.
Now they're checking reports.
"We're going to speak with our investigations unit Monday to see if there is anything that may be fitting this same MO, that these suspects did, that we may be able to wrap up for us or another agency," Ledwell said.
Police told Eyewitness News the gun used in the crime was actually an Airsoft-type gun that looked very real. Even though the gun wasn't deadly, all of the suspects remain behind bars. They're expected in court Monday.
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