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Chase suspect 'Tweets,' is accused gang member

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Police escort the suspect into CMPD headquarters following the chase. Police escort the suspect into CMPD headquarters following the chase.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The man accused of robbing a Charlotte bank Tuesday afternoon and leading highway patrol officers on a dangerous high-speed chase in two counties has also been involved in gangs in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

WBTV has also learned that the suspect is an avid user of the online social media tool "Twitter" and uses the website Myspace -- both to possibly help further his aspiring musical career.

The robbery in Charlotte this week happened at a Wachovia branch on West Sugar Creek Road. The police report says Carlos Burns handed the teller a note demanding cash.

The chase ended in Gaston County near Belmont. A truck driver helped state troopers box the Burns in. 

He told authorities he is from Atlanta and that he borrowed the car from a friend. He also said he does not know his way around the Charlotte area very well, troopers said.

Burns was in a stolen car according to the highway patrol. They say he was tracked for years in Los Angeles and is a reported gang member from southern California. 

Burns calls himself "Lucky Blessings" on the social networking web site, MySpace.  He beat a 40-year sentence in California for a gang shooting which occurred in 2002. 

WBTV has also discovered that Burns likes to "Tweet" and was using Twitter to promote his rap career.  We found a posting from two days ago in which he wrote:  "Living life with remorse. Redemption is what I seek."

Los Angeles Gang Crime Prosecutor Jose Arias said he would consider Burns as dangerous as he would any other gang member.  He says Burns is part of the Rolling 40's and part of the Crips.

Arias prosecuted Burns four times on an attempted murder charge relating to the gang shooting.

"It didn't appear he was phased by the charges against him," said Arias.

The first trial ended with a hung jury. Arias said the second trial was declared a mistrial by the judge. A third trial won Arias a conviction and gave Burns a 40-year sentence. Burns appealed and won based on the previous mistrial.

"But for a judge's ruling...he would have been in prison the rest of his life," said Arias.

 

Burns has a sentencing date in California court on Thursday for a recent drug charge, but he won't be making that appearance since he is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail under a $85,000 bond for the bank robbery and high-speed chase charges from earlier this week.

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