by: Tina Terry Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police worked to investigate two brazen robberies that happened in broad daylight Friday.
They unfolded in neighborhoods right outside of Uptown.
The first incident happened on Kings Drive in Midtown at a Subway restaurant.
Detectives said around 9 a.m. someone came into the store with a silver revolver, held a customer at gunpoint, took her purse, and ordered workers to give him money.
Afterwards, they said he hopped into a older model grey Buick and sped off.
Customers were surprised to see officers investigating an armed robbery there. Police used a K-9 to search for clues.
"That's what surprises me the most considering we're almost near downtown, the heart of the city. Shocking that they would rob here," said one customer.
About two hours later police were at a Rite Aid store on South Boulevard. They said Damond Pierce used a knife to rob the store.
“I’m glad I wasn’t here when it happened for sure,” said Natalie Cates, a customer.
Minutes later our camera captured police arrested Pierce near a light rail station on Seventh Street. Officers said the two robberies are not connected.
As detectives search for the first suspect, some business owners in Kings Square are vowing to do more to protect themselves.
“We are taking it very seriously and we have to do something. We do have cameras here and we have to put some more cameras to see what we can do about it,” said Alex Patel.