Police: Man confesses to 6 robberies in Charlotte

Police: Man confesses to 6 robberies in Charlotte
Hernandez
Hernandez
Leal-Gutierrez
Leal-Gutierrez

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in south Charlotte that occurred in February was arrested Friday, police say.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, a man was robbed at gunpoint on Branchview Drive on February 3 by two men who were seen riding in a red colored Honda.

Police said 20-year-old Elbert Hernandez was in custody at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office on previous armed robberies charges when he was charged in connection with this incident.

A second suspect, 21-year-old Jose Leal-Gutierrez, was identified in the armed robbery and warrants were issued for his arrest.

On Friday, officers were able to find Leal-Gutierrez when he then confessed to his involvement in the robbery on Branchview Drive. Police say Leal-Gutierrez then reportedly admitted to being involved in five other robberies in which Hernandez had been previously charged.

Leal-Gutierrez was charged in the following robberies:

  • On January 30, a robbery occurred in the 200 block of Archdale Drive at 9:54 p.m.
  • On January 30, a robbery occurred in the 5800 block of South Boulevard at 11:20 p.m.
  • On February 3, a robbery occurred in the 300 block of Branchview Drive at 10:30 p.m.
  • On February 25, a robbery occurred in the 1400 block of Central Avenue at 4:30 a.m.
  • On February 25, a robbery occurred in the 1800 block of Progress Lane at 5 a.m.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies.

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