Man caught after police chase in Charlotte believed to be suspect in Salisbury GameStop robbery

Man caught after police chase in Charlotte believed to be suspect in Salisbury GameStop robbery
Mug shot taken on Friday night in Charlotte
Mug shot taken on Friday night in Charlotte

Salisbury Police believe that the man who stole a game console and threatened to kill a clerk at the local GameStop is the same man who led police in Charlotte on a three county chase last week.

Investigators say Jonathan McCorkle, 40, led officers on a chase late Friday night when they attempted to pull him over. WBTV has learned he was wanted in York County in connection the robbery of several video game stores.

During the chase, McCorkle attempted to kidnap his girlfriend from the Ricky J's Sports Bar & Grill near I-85 and Sam Wilson Road, investigators say. They say McCorkle tried to push her into the car, but she was able to get away.

Within minutes, police officers arrived at the bar and started chasing McCorkle again.

He reportedly got back onto the interstate and led authorities through Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. Officers use stop sticks to stop his vehicle.

Eventually, McCorkle blew out at least two tires and his SUV stopped in Charlotte's Dilworth area, along East Boulevard. He was arrested when the police helicopter spotted his white SUV.

He is charged with DWI, failure to heed blue lights and siren, felony flee to elude among other charges.

In addition to the chase, McCorkle was also wanted for outstanding warrants by police in Charlotte and Rock Hill, and will be served warrants from Salisbury.

The robbery occurred on March 11, around 2:30 p.m. at the GameStop store on Faith Rd.

According to police, the man entered the store and asked to see a game box console. The clerk showed it to him and he attempted to take it from her. The clerk put the console back behind the counter and as she was doing so, he came around the counter and took the box from her, police say.

He reportedly told her "I don't want to put my hands on you , but I'll kill you if I have to."

The robber took the box and left the store.

Investigators with Monroe police say McCorkle robbed a Kay Jewelers store earlier in March and stole a 4-karat diamond ring.

McCorkle will be back in a North Carolina court soon. His bond hearing is set for April 9 and his probable cause hearing is set for April 17.

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