Warrant: Grandmother finds gun in teen’s backpack linked to Charlotte crime spree

2 charged in connection to series of armed robberies in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A grandmother’s attention to detail gave CMPD detectives a break in a case that led to the arrest of two men accused of orchestrating a crime spree across Charlotte.

According to new court documents obtained by WBTV, police received a call from a woman who said she found a white/chrome colored handgun in her grandson’s backpack as she was helping him get ready for school.

When the woman approached her grandson about finding the pistol he “denied there being a handgun in the backpack, took the backpack from her and went into the bathroom.”

After dropping her grandson off at school, the woman returned home and found the backpack in the bathroom and called police.

The handgun was run through the National Crime Information Center and was “found to have been stolen during a breaking and entering” in January. The gun also matched the description of a handgun used during a series of robberies.

The woman’s grandson, 17-year-old Denzel Orr, was arrested on March 13 and “confessed to his involvement” in an armed robbery at the Papa Johns on Cambridge Commons Drive days earlier, according to the court documents.

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During the investigation, Orr told detectives the handgun belonged to 21-year-old Khari Clary. Orr said Clary was the second suspect police were looking for in the Papa Johns armed robbery.

Two weeks after interviewing Orr, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested 21-year-old Khari Clary.

After an long investigation, CMPD linked Clary to a series of armed robberies that happened between March 6 and March 12 at various businesses in the North Tryon, Hickory Grove, and Independence areas.

  • March 6, 2019: An armed suspect entered the Dollar General on Albemarle Road and demanded money.
  • March 9, 2019: An armed suspect entered the Dollar General on Heathway Drive in the North Tryon Division and demanded money.
  • March 9, 2019: An armed suspect entered the Arby’s on Monroe Road and demanded money.
  • March 11, 2019: Two armed suspects entered the Papa Johns on Cambridge Commons Drive and demanded money. In the course of the armed robbery, the victim was physically assaulted by one of the suspects. The suspects then left the scene with property belonging to both the victim business and person.
  • March 12, 2019: An armed suspect entered the Dollar General on East WT Harris Boulevard and demanded money. The suspect left without obtaining any property from the victim business.
  • March 12, 2019: An armed suspect entered the Auto Zone on East WT Harris Boulevard and demanded money by threat of force.

Clary has been charged with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Orr, who was only linked to the Papa Johns armed robbery, was arrested and charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a handgun by a minor, and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with additional information about these cases is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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