by: Allison Latos Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Runners and walkers exercising around the pond at the Shoppes at University Place were unaware of recent crimes until Eyewitness News told them four people were robbed at gunpoint.
"This always seems like a quiet area," said runner, André Brown. "That seems like some big city crime."
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the first armed robbery happened in late July when Tommy Leon Moses flashed a gun alongside his girlfriend Latoya Howie, 24.
According to police, the couple drove the victims to an ATM on J.M. Keynes Drive where they demanded their debit cards and stole money from both of their bank accounts.
Police said the couple then dropped the victims off at the pond.
Less than a week later, police said the duo did it again, but when the victims refused to give up their bank cards, the couple took off.
Kim Williams was shocked to hear about the robberies.
She brings her 3-year-old granddaughter there feed the ducks and her safety is always in mind.
“I don't want to go here at nighttime, not even after 4 o'clock," said Williams.
Moses and Howie are in jail facing charges of robbery, conspiracy and kidnapping.
Moses is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Jones was happy to hear about the arrest but said she'll still be cautious.
“I worry about every place at night," said Jones.
Eyewitness News also learned the CMPD Financial Crimes Unit is now investigating the couple but detectives wouldn't reveal many details on their case.