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CMPD: Man arrested after police chase; accused of shooting, killing teen in north Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — After leading authorities on a chase Monday morning, a man has been arrested for shooting and killing a teenager in north Charlotte earlier in July, police said.

Just after 9 a.m., York County deputies arrested Angel Manuel Basurto-Mendoza, 18, following a chase with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Basurto-Mendoza was wanted for killing 17-year-old Vladimir Antonio Garcia.

On July 7, officers were called just before 7 a.m. to Sofley Road, between West Sugar Creek and West Craighead Road, for a welfare check. When they arrived, investigators found Antonio Garcia, who had been shot. MEDIC confirmed he died at the scene.

Then on Monday, employees at Miller’s Produce in Fort Mill described a chaotic scene at the store, where the chase ended. They told Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura that Basurto-Mendoza ran inside and panicked, trying to hand off a backpack to several employees with a gun inside. He eventually threw the backpack to an employee, before running to the bathroom, where workers said he hid from authorities.

According to employees, deputies cleared the store and took him into custody. No one was hurt during the incident, including the employee who ended up with the backpack.

“We talk to her, see her every day. She feeds us. She’s such a sweetheart but, yeah, she was caught in the middle of that with the book bag being slid to her, and you know we’re just glad she’s OK,” said Nick Estevez, who had to delay his daily delivery due to the scene.

Once Basurto-Mendoza is extradited back to Mecklenburg County, he will be charged with murder, robbery with a deadly weapon (RWDW), and conspire to commit RWDW.

Authorities said Basurto-Mendoza was previously arrested and charged in June for a stolen car.

Police ask anyone with information on the case to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a homicide detective. Detective Akers is the lead detective assigned to the case. Information can also be left anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or by clicking here.

No further information was released. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.

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