by: Mark Becker Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police have charged two teenage brothers and a 20-year-old man after an attempted robbery at a convenience store in northwest Charlotte led to tense moments and then a collision that ended a chase before it could get started.
Officers arrested Darius Perry, 16, his brother, Tavian Tillman, 18, and Brian Randall, 20 after the car the three were riding in collided with a parked car in a neighborhood off Old Mt. Holly Road.
Police said the three tried to rob the Mini Mart on Rozzelle’s Ferry Road around 10 a.m.
“When the clerk confronted them they fled. Officers immediately came out to the surrounding neighborhoods and located the vehicle,” said Lt Anderson Royston. Royston said that before officers could start a chase, the suspects’ car had collided with a parked pickup truck and all three suspects were in the car when officers arrested them.
Neighbors said Perry and Tillman live in the community, and they’re concerned about a rise in crime there — even though police say they have not seen a big jump in criminal activity there.
“What can we do now to keep this community to still stay alive and to still feel safe in here?” asked Alice Chainey, who has lived in Windy Valley for 11 years.
“So now the kids are back to vandalizing the the houses and do what they can to survive in this neighborhood. And the people who work and live here are the victims,” she said.