Police work to ease fears after robbery, stabbing in uptown Charlotte

Police work to ease fears after robbery, stabbing in uptown Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three men are in jail, accused of robbing and stabbing a man in uptown Charlotte Monday morning.

Channel 9 was there as first responders tended to the victim around 6 a.m. on North Tryon Street at 9th Street.

Paramedics took him to the hospital with serious injuries.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers were speaking with businesses and workers in uptown Tuesday morning, a day after the robbery and stabbing.

"As anyone who is a victim of a crime, you are nervous about coming back to that location and it's just to help reassure them as they come back to work," said Officer James Franklin.

Police said construction workers had just parked in a lot and were trying to pay at a pay station when three men came up to rob them. The robbers then got away in a car that was parked in front of the Waterbean Coffee shop.

UNC Charlotte student Amanda Grant works there.

"There are a lot of construction workers that come through. They will come in here and order stuff. It's really sad that one of them was assaulted," Grant said.

Channel 9 crews were at the 7-Eleven on North Tryon Street at Dalton Avenue as police stopped a car and took three men into custody for questioning.

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Police told Channel 9 they arrested the trio -- Joshua Bemah, Reginald Brown and Okanze McDonald -- and charged them with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

<p>Bemah, Brown, McDonald</p>

Bemah, Brown, McDonald

(Joshua Bemah, Reginald Brown and Okanze McDonald)

Police told Channel 9 violent crime has been down in the Central Division, but just in the past four weeks they've had a couple of cases. There have been four reports of assaults involving a gun and knives and an armed robbery within a half-mile of Tryon Street and 9th Street.

Police investigated a homicide last week off College Street and 12th Street. Police said a woman who was living on the streets was stabbed. They made an arrest later that day.

"It's a lot to handle, but it’s nice that there were a lot of police here sort of making sure we are all OK," Grant said.

"We are going to do as much as we can, especially in the summer time coming out. You will see more bikes, more foot patrol, more officers being present," Franklin said.

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