CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man being sought in an armed robbery and carjacking outside a south Charlotte tavern Monday night may have drowned, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.
Officers were called to an armed robbery and carjacking at Ed's Tavern, located in the 2200 block of Park Road, around 11:26 p.m. Police say they attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, described as a red sedan, but the occupants refused.
The two occupants, 27-year-old Jerry McCorey and another man, jumped and ran from the vehicle on S. Clarkson Street at the I-77 south ramp, police say.
McCorey was arrested and the second man fled. Police tweeted Tuesday that they fear the second man may have drowned while running from officers. Police and firefighters searched the creek off of W. Morehead Street and Freedom Drive Tuesday morning.
Footprints were reportedly found at the edge of the creek but not on the other side. "At this time it is believed that the suspect entered the creek. Due to heavy rain and severe weather conditions, the creek had risen from approximately 1 foot to 7-8 feet in depth," police say.
The man's identity is not known, police say, and McCorey is not releasing the man's name.
Police say they found the carjacking victim's vehicle in the Wilmore neighborhood.
McCorey faces charges of reckless driving to endanger, driving while license revoked not impaired, resisting a public officer, flee/elude arrest, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Police say the safety of the second man is their top concern in this case.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.