CMPD: Repeat offender charged in attempted robbery of Epicenter Insomnia Cookies

CMPD: Repeat offender charged in attempted robbery of Epicenter Insomnia Cookies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested and charged a man accused of attempting to rob an Insomnia Cookies inside the Epicenter in uptown Friday.

Officials said 27-year-old Tebian Perez Ruff got into an argument with the store's manager when he pulled out a gun and said he was robbing the business.

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The manager did not give Ruff anything from the business and he left. Officers found Ruff in Rocket Fizz, another business inside the Epicenter. When they took Ruff into custody, they said they found a firearm on him and determined it was stolen.

After an interview with detectives, police said Ruff was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, firearm by felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, and resist/delay/obstruct public officer.

(Tebian Perez Ruff)

CMPD said Ruff is a previously convicted felon and has been charged 63 times before being accused of attempting to rob Insomnia Cookies.

SOME OF RUFF'S ARRESTS: 

  • Firearm by felon -- One time
  • Larceny from auto -- Five times
  • Possession of stolen vehicle -- Two times
  • Assault with a deadly weapon -- One time
  • Assault on a female -- 10 times
  • Resist/delay/obstruct a public officer -- 10 times

In a statement, officials said all officers involved, both on-duty and off-duty, "should be commended for arresting this violent individual and removing him from the heavily populated Epicenter crowd."

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