• Police: 17-year-old arrested after pastor shot at during crime spree

    By: Nate Stewart


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A 17-year-old is in jail accused of terrorizing Charlotte families in a string of robberies.

    All of the robberies occurred less than two hours from each other, stretching from west Charlotte into University City.

    Rev. Johnny McClure said he is relieved to find out one of the men who shot at him and his wife is behind bars, but police said they are still looking for two others.

    Channel 9 learned that there were a total of five victims in the crime spree.

    Police said it all started at Century Park Side Apartments on Candler Lane.

    Investigators said Jimmairo Santiago, 17, with the help of two others, pointed a gun at resident George Taylor and stole his wallet.

    “He asked for money and I reminded him I didn’t have any, and he asked for my wallet and I gave him my wallet, then he jumped in the car and took off,” Taylor said.

    IMAGES: Scene of shots fired at pastor, crime spree in Charlotte

    Police said the men then went to New Bern Street and took a purse, credit cards and cash from a woman at gunpoint.

    Officers said they did the same thing to a third victim on Caronia Street.

    It was then police said the three men stopped their car on Rockwell Church Road, pointed a gun at McClure’s car and pulled the trigger.

    "We are very fortunate that we were not maimed in any way," McClure said.

    Minutes later, police said the spree ended when they made their way to Oneida Road where they pulled a 59-year-old woman out of her Lexus, stole her purse and drove off with her car.

    Neighbors in the area who didn't want to be identified said they were frightened.

    "I have a lot of concerns about what goes on in this neighborhood," one neighbor said.

    Investigators say they arrested Santiago after they pulled over a vehicle he was in.

    Investigators said they are still looking for two other men involved in the case.

    They are asking anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

    Read our story from Wednesday night on the robbery, shooting here.

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