• CMPD charges man accused in 2 kidnappings, rape


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said a tip helped officers arrest a man accused in two kidnappings and a rape.

    Police have charged Lajames Arteian Ross, 24, with four felonies.

    They said they identified Ross as the man who sexually assaulted a woman in September on Lawyers Road.

    The 22-year-old woman told officers a man approached her at a gas station, got into her car and forced her to drive off. Police said the man sexually assaulted her at gunpoint.

    After the crime, police released images of the suspect and the white Chevrolet HHR he may have left in.

    "The tipster actually saw this case on the news, recognized the person and then called in and provided us with vital information to help our detectives out in getting this person off the street," Detective Brandon Miller with CMPD said.

    During the investigation, police said they learned of a new victim who was attacked just an hour earlier that same day. They said she and Ross had arranged to meet.

    Police said CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office helped in Ross' arrest Thursday.

    Ross is charged in both crimes. He’s charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sex offense and first-degree rape.

    This isn’t the first time Channel 9 has reported on Ross.

    He was one of three people charged in connection with an armed robbery of a Lancaster store owner last year.

    [RELATED: 3 arrested in connection with slaying of Lancaster store owner]

    Harnish Patel was shot and killed outside his home on Craig Manor Road. He had just arrived home after closing his store.

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