• Man in custody after Uptown standoff

    By: Tina Terry


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Friday night a crew finished boarding up the old Polk Building off West Trade and Graham streets after a carjacking, high speed chase, crash and standoff that ended in Uptown Charlotte.

    Police brought the man out of the building Friday morning. Dozens of neighbors reported what they saw on Twitter.

    A woman at nearby Johnson and Wales University tweeted, "I'm a student and I can't leave my housing building because of how close it (the standoff) is."

    Panthers football player Derek Anderson tweeted, "Got a stand-off in Uptown this AM! Police chase then an accident, got the negotiator on the megaphone now!"

    He even tweeted a picture of a police helicopter approaching the scene. Police said it started at an apartment complex in southwest Charlotte about 1 a.m.

    Someone robbed 25-year-old Leondra Doomes-Stephens at gunpoint and stole her 2008 Saturn.

    A short time later, police spotted the suspected robber driving the car.

    They said he led them on a chase and eventually crashed into the old Polk Building.

    A SWAT team had to go in and bring him out.

    Neighbors told Eyewitness News what they heard.

    "I woke up and I heard 'come out of the building with your hands up,'" said Shea Kirkpatrick.

    Police said Friday night they were still questioning the suspect they took into custody.

    The police report said there were two suspects in the case, but police wouldn't say Friday if they were looking for a second suspect.

    Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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