Sherwood Alex, 41, was convicted by a jury on August 5, 2021 for his involvement in a brutal armed robbery at a pizza restaurant in Charlotte, NC.
Alex is a habitual felon and was sentenced to more than 19 years in prison. Alex pointed a shotgun at the heads of three brothers while they worked at a Charlotte pizza restaurant.
In February 2020, three brothers working at a pizza restaurant on Beatties Ford Road were closing when they heard a ring at the restaurant’s entrance. Alex, armed with a pump action shotgun, entered the restaurant and went to the back, ordering all three victims to the ground.
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Alex pointed and pressed the shotgun to the victims’ heads. Alex forced one of the brothers to open the restaurant’s safe, where they found $700. Threatening to shoot the victims, Alex also took the victims’ cellphones and a wallet before fleeing out of the back of the store.
Alex was driving a vehicle to get away, but it became inoperable, and he quickly abandoned the car. Investigating police found items of clothing worn during the robbery that were thrown along the suspect's flight path, including clothing that contained Alex’s DNA.
Alex was found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.