Crime Stoppers: Kidnapping, fight and an angry punch during Charlotte robbery

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A kidnapping, a robbery, and a fight all rolled into 60 seconds of crime at a convenience store.

It began at 2:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven on Eastway Drive. Outside, a worker was sweeping the parking lot when two young men suddenly appear.

"Coming from Sugar Creek [Road], they walked up on him and asked him if he worked here," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.

The worker sweeping the parking lot answered, "yes."

"He says he kind of knew what was going to happen," Detective Roddey said. "He saw the guy reach toward his waistband, of course, he pulled out a gun, and they escorted him back inside."

Why would they face kidnapping charges by forcing the worker inside?

"Probably, so he wouldn't call 911," the detective explained.

Once inside, the gunman who looks to be in his 20s lets the worker go while the other crook jumps the counter, grabs the cash drawer and pours it out to the floor.

"They got everything in the till, which wasn't much, and I think that made him angry."

Angry enough that when they take the few dollars and attempt to leave, one of the crooks punches the clerk and then they tussle for a brief moment.

"That's when the second suspect put the gun up to his head and said, 'Do you really want to do this?'" Roddey said.

The clerk let the robber go, but not before police got some good surveillance pictures. One young man didn't have a mustache.

This robbery had a lot rolled into one, including the punch thrown in anger.

"I think it tends to happen if they're not satisfied with what they're getting. Lately, we're seeing guys becoming very angry, which makes them more violent."

More violence means more reason for police to find out who they are. It can happen with your help. Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You don't leave your name, but you may earn up to $1,000.

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