Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers are investigating two armed robberies that happened less than an hour apart in Ballantyne. Detectives said they are connected and have strong leads.
The first robbery happened at Touchstone Village Shopping Center around 1 a.m. Monday.
Police said three men in their 20s left a bar, when two men carrying a shotgun held them up in the parking lot. One of the victims was assaulted and has minor injuries.
Police said the robbers fired a shot, and then drove off with two phones, a wallet and several credit cards. None of the victims wanted to speak with Eyewitness News, since they're still shaken by the crime.
About an hour later, and less than 4 miles away, police said the same robbers held up a 22-year-old woman while was she was getting out of her car in the parking lot of this upscale apartment complex.
She was not hurt, but handed over her purse, containing several credit cards.
Clayton Morris said his son heard the commotion outside their apartment early Monday morning. He now plans to pay more attention to his surroundings, especially late at night.
"I'll probably be a little more careful, be a little more watchful of what's going on around me," Morris said.