• String of recent crimes plagues Uptown Charlotte

    By: Jenna Deery

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thousands of football fans are in Uptown Charlotte this weekend for the Belk Bowl. It comes during an unusual string of crimes in the heart of Charlotte.

    Several police officers in Uptown met fans visiting the Queen City, eliminating any stress of security.

    Charlotte pedicab driver Raymond Dudine has had his eyes on Uptown, and what he sees isn't always ideal.

    "A lot of times, we have intoxicated people," said Dudine. "You find them on park benches and laying on the side of the street somewhere."

    Lately, the streets he rides on have been the setting to some violent crimes, including a shooting Friday night near the North Carolina Dance Theater, a SWAT standoff near the federal courthouse on West Trade Street Friday morning and a homicide in a parking lot near Time Warner Cable Arena last Saturday.

    IMAGES: Uptown standoff

    Dudine said those events don't change the sense of security in the heart of Charlotte.

    "There's police presence everywhere, you look whether they are on duty or off duty, working security some place. They are everywhere," he said.

    Although there has been a string of crimes, police have not said the crimes are related.

    IMAGES: Shooting death near Time Warner Cable arena

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