• Police arrest home-invasion suspect after chase

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police took a home-invasion suspect into custody after an all-out search off of Pritchard Street, just off Glenwood Drive.

    Police said the man is uninjured and no cops were hurt. An officer tried to stop the suspect Saturday afternoon at the very end of Pritchard Street but the armed suspect got out of his car and took off on foot.

    The suspect has been identified as Stephon Dontay Straite, 24.  He has been charged with robbery, but additional charges may be pending.

    The officer chased Straite into the woods.

    One neighbor said she heard the gold car make an abrupt stop. She doesn't recognize it as a neighborhood vehicle and we were told it's the car the suspect was driving.

    She said once she heard that car it was swiftly followed by the sounds of sirens. She saw the police cars and an officer taking out a dog to help find the man in the woods.

    While it's not a typical Saturday here in this neighborhood, the woman feels protected with such a large police response.

    "It's sort of a security to knowing that there's at least that many police cars in the neighborhood that can readily get here if there's a crime going on or something going down," neighbor Jane Martin said.

    The home invasion that started all of this happened just a few blocks away on Credenza Drive.

    Dozens of police cars, a fire truck and even a police helicopter responded. Investigators are still processing the scene even though police arrested the suspect.

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