Police arrest Charlotte sex assault suspect days after putting out $1,000 reward

Arrest made in Charlotte sexual assault case

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested 19-year-old Robert Thomas Jr., who was wanted in sex assault that happened in west Charlotte last week.

Police say Thomas sexually assaulted a woman and stole her cell phone while she was walking on West Morehead Street last Thursday morning.

“Our violent crime apprehension team unit was able to take him into custody,” said CMPD Lt. Brad Koch. “Again a win for the city of Charlotte and a win for the police department.”

WBTV’s Coleen Harry captured video of a handcuffed Thomas being led into CMPD headquarters in Uptown Charlotte.

When asked if he had anything to say for himself he didn’t respond.

Police identified Thomas as the suspect in the sexual assault and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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The female victim told police the incident happened as she was walking home 3 a.m. when the unknown man approached her and sexually assaulted her. During the assault, the woman says the suspect took her cell phone. The police report says the man was also armed with a handgun.

“We know that Mr. Thomas is responsible for the rape and robbery,” CMPD said Monday.

Last week police told WBTV that Thomas was homeless. At this moment we’re still waiting for an update from police on where he was arrested and how he was found.

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