by: Ken Lemon Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police arrested two robbery suspects Thursday morning after a short chase in Huntersville. Officers said the two are suspected of attacking a woman at her home in a gated community on Henry Harrison Stillwell Drive near Cashion Road shortly before 10 a.m.
That woman was guarded when she spoke with Eyewitness News at her home after the attack.
"I like to see the best in people, but that has changed," said the victim, who didn't want to give her name.
She had just dropped one of her children off at school and had returned home to her sick 14-year-old when she said she noticed 46-year-old Darrell Morgan wandering her yard. She said he asked if he could do yard work for her. When she said no she claimed he started screaming obscenities, pushed her onto her car, reached into her vehicle and took her purse.
"Luckily, I still had my keys," she said.
She told Eyewitness News that Morgan chased her as she ran into the house and she was worried about her teen, who was home alone.
She said Morgan eventually jumped into a car driven by 17-year-old Deondre Dorsey and she called 911. Huntersville Police Captain Barry Graham said at that point she became an excellent witness.
"She gave some great information," said Graham. "Her information led us to apprehend the suspects."
Minutes later a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer tried to stop the car near the intersection of Beatties Ford and Mount Holly-Huntersville roads. Witnesses saw Dorsey frantically drive into the busy Pecan Ridge Shopping Plaza and crash into a parked truck. No one was inside the truck and the men took off running.
People in stores saw police running behind them. Thuy Butler said she saw Morgan run past her store, Modern Nail Salon, as they prepared to open. She heard Chopper 9 flying overhead minutes later.
One witness said he saw police point a gun at Morgan and order him to the ground. Morgan refused and the officer forced him down by hand. Police captured Dorsey behind the plaza.
Butler didn't know why police were pursuing them until Eyewitness News told her.
"I am glad that they caught him," she said.
Eyewitness News asked police how those men got into the gated Stillwell community. There are cameras at the entrance and residents have to enter a code to get inside.
Police said the gate was left open. By early afternoon it was closed again.