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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Charlotte Light Rail Passenger Station Crime Increases: Robberies

Robbery At Knife Point In Lynx Charlotte Light-Rail Station

A Charlotte man was robbed at knife point at the I-485/South Boulevard Lynx light-rail station Friday evening, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. The suspect hit the victim, took his wallet and fled on foot.

Police said two suspects were found in the bathroom of the Target store in the nearby Carolina Pavilion Shopping Center. Both were taken into custody, but officers had not released their names Saturday afternoon.

A CATS representative said she was not aware of any other recent armed robberies or major crime at light-rail stations.

In May, police suspected a man used the light-rail to get away after two robberies along the Lynx line, though authorities later said the man never got on the train.

Those robberies happened around 11 p.m. on a Friday in late May, police said. An employee at the Greek Isles restaurant on East Bland Street leaving work and a man walking out of Sullivan’s steakhouse were both robbed at gunpoint within minutes of each other.

CATS spokeswoman Krystel Green said the company would work to continue making sure law enforcement officials were visible.

There are a total of nine company police officers and four CMPD officers stationed along the light-rail line, she said.

“We want to remind people to continue to be aware of surroundings…and to stay in well-lit areas, just like you would anywhere else,” Green said.

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Sources: McClatchy Newspapers, Google Maps

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