Crime Stoppers: Nightmare carjacking

CMPD looks for two people after carjacking

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A wonderful night on the town ended with a nightmare carjacking at gunpoint.

Charlotte Police are now looking for two young teens who took advantage of the Christmas spirit by taking, instead of giving.

Three days before Christmas, families, kids and couples were all leaving a performance of the Nutcracker at the Belk Theater uptown. On surveillance from the adjacent parking deck, we see them headed for their cars.

We also see two teenagers wandering around and carrying what appears to be 8-packs of a sports drink.

"Obviously they've broken into cars prior to going inside that parking deck, because nobody carries around at 10 o'clock at night Gatorade bottles," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.

These two also hold the door open for two women, then follow the women down a long hallway. After a few minutes, they give up the chase and head back upstairs. When they reach the 8th level, they seem to be all alone and set down their sports drink packs to watch and wait.

"Obviously up to no good, as you can see," Detective Roddey said.

On the far side of the deck, there is a couple walking to their car.  One of the two men is spotted running after them.  The other isn't far behind. We can't see the carjacking because it happens out of camera view.

"The guy actually lets his girlfriend in her side of the car," Detective Roddey said, "And as he makes his way around to his side - before he can get in the door - they approached him."

Detective Roddey says they pointed a black handgun. "They told him to 'give me your wallet and your car keys.'"

The teens stole the car and drove it five floors down to level three, where it was later recovered.

"They're two young kids, no more than 14 to 18," the detective said, "Because these kids don't even have hair on their face."

We also see the unfortunate couple who race to an emergency alert box and push the panic button. After a wonderful evening at the theater, they are visually disturbed but luckily unharmed.

"Anytime you have young kids like that, especially who have access to guns, we want to get them off the streets."

Detective Roddey wants to nip these teenagers from a life of crime in the bud.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You won't have to leave your name, and you could earn some cash.

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