Two arrested in connection with armed robberies in University City

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte police sat they have arrested two people in connection with two armed robberies in the past few weeks.

On July 28, 2012, shortly before 3 a.m., officers responded to an armed robbery from person that occurred at The Shoppes at University Place located at 9105 J.W. Clay Blvd, according to a news release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The two victims stated they were walking around the lake when they were approached by a black female and a black male.  The male suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded their cash.

One of the victims then offered the suspect their debit cards. The male suspect then took the two victims at gunpoint to a vehicle and drove them to the Wells Fargo at 8700 J.M. Keynes Dr.

The victims provided the female suspect their debit cards and PIN numbers. The female withdrew cash from each victim's account.  The suspects dropped the victims back at the original robbery location and the male suspect took both victim's identification cards.

On August 3,  at 2:21 a.m., officers responded to the Shoppes at University Place in reference to an armed robbery from person.  The victims stated that they were walking around the lake when a black female and black male approached them.

The male suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded the female victim's purse and then went through the pockets of the male victim and removed items. The suspects also demanded the jewelry that the female victim was wearing. The male subject then demanded the PIN to their debit cards, which they refused to give.  The suspects fled the scene when the victims refused to give them their PIN.

On Monday, Robbery Unit detectives developed a possible address where the suspects may reside.  They made contact with the male suspect, Tommy Leon Moses, DOB: 06/20/1984, at an apartment at the Slopes Apartments.  Evidence recovered inside the apartment implicated him and his girlfriend, Latoya Bianca Howie, DOB: 06/08/1988, in both robberies.  Mr. Moses was arrested on August 6th and Ms. Howie was arrested on August 9th.

The suspects have been charged with the following offenses in regards to these two robberies.

Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon (4 counts)

Kidnapping (4 counts)


Possession of a firearm by a Convicted Felon (Moses only)

Both suspects are in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

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