CONCORD, N.C. Nov 20 2016 - Police say a SWAT standoff in Charlotte has ended after suspects in a firearms theft surrendered peacefully.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokeswoman Cindy Wallace said in a news release Friday night that the standoff started after officers found a vehicle wanted in connection with a recent break-in and weapons theft at the Bass Pro Shops store in Concord Mills.
Daquan Erwin, Vaque Davis, and a 15 year old juvenile were charged in connection with the SWAT incident.
All three suspects were charged with Possession of Stolen Firearms and were also served with warrants related to other cases.
In addition, Erwin and Davis were charged with Possession of Marijuana. Erwin and the juvenile suspect were charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
Wallace said officers tried to make contact with two suspects at the vehicle but they went into the Days Inn hotel on West Sugar Creek Road and would not respond. Nearby rooms were evacuated as a precaution.
The release said the SWAT team arrived and set up a perimeter. After speaking with negotiators, the suspects were arrested without incident. The entire stand off lasted a little more than an hour.
The burglary at Bass Pro was reported to police at 5 a.m. where five rifles and two shotguns were taken from the store. A window was also broken in the burglary.
People in the area expressed their concerns over the burglary.
“I think everybody that has children, everybody has to go out, whether it’s to a mall, whether it's to a movie theater, any public environment, it's in the back of your mind,” Hubert Leach said.
Police issued an arrest warrant Thursday and said more people may be involved with the burglary.
In the last three months, Channel 9 has reported gun shop robberies in cities including Charlotte, Mount Holly, Cornelius and Concord.
Concord Mills released the following statement:
Concord Mills management is working closely with the Concord Police Department to share information that may lead to the arrest of an individual involved in an incident that took place prior to normal operating hours.
The safety of our guests and employees is always our top priority. We employ visible and behind-the-scenes security measures, including maintaining a 24-hour security patrol of the property and surrounding parking lots, and provide guests and employees with security escorts to their vehicles upon request.