SERIAL ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE THAT BEGAN IN CHARLOTTE

Kenneth Massey

7-11 gas stations, Subway restaurants, and a Dollar General store were all targets in this robbery spree

Kenneth Massey, 28, is charged with committing a series of armed robberies. 

From May 20, 2019 through May 22, 2019, five robberies in Charlotte, NC were committed by the same suspect who fled the scene in a red 4 door vehicle after each incident. During the course of their investigation, the detectives developed Probable Cause to believe Kenneth Massey committed each of these robberies and warrants were obtained for his arrest. 

The warrants were issued for four counts of Armed Robbery and one count of Attempted Armed Robbery. The vehicle he was using during the robberies was identified as a red Ford Fusion.

On 5/26/2019 at approximately 6:41 p.m., the Charlotte Meck Police Department Real Time Crime Center received a License Plate Reader hit on the Ford Fusion that had been used in these robberies. The vehicle was located on Beatties Ford Road near I-85. 

A Metro Division Patrol officer responded to the area, found the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The suspect refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit began at 6:49 p.m. Additional patrol officers and the Helicopter Unit responded to assist.

The pursuit continued onto I-85 southbound, through Gaston County and into Cherokee County, South Carolina. The suspect exited off of the Interstate onto U.S. 29 south, but got back onto I-85 a short time later.

Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol joined the pursuit on I-85 in Gaffney around 7:37 p.m. and stop sticks were used on the suspect vehicle to disable its tires.   

The suspect and sole occupant of the vehicle, Kenneth Massey, then stopped the vehicle and was taken into custody.  He was turned over to the custody of the Cherokee County Sherriff’s Office. 

Detectives will work to extradite Massey back to Charlotte to face charges.

Kenneth Massey is charged with the following robberies:

· On May 20, 2019 at approximately 12:14 a.m., a male suspect robbed the 7-Eleven located at 3800 Central Avenue. The suspect was armed with a weapon described as a crowbar, threatened the employee and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene in a red vehicle. The employee was not injured during the robbery. 

· On May 20, 2019 at approximately 8:59 a.m., a male suspect robbed the Subway restaurant located at 335 S. Kings Drive. The suspect threatened the employee with a weapon described as a “metal bar” and stole money from the victim business. After completing the robbery, the suspect fled the scene in a red Ford Fusion. The employee was not injured. 

· On May 21, 2019 at 9:56 p.m., a male suspect robbed the Subway restaurant located at 1300 The Plaza. The suspect threatened the employee with a weapon described as a crowbar and demanded money. The employee activated a panic alarm at which point the suspect fled the scene in a red 4 door car. The employee was not injured.

· On May 22, 2019 at 10:09 a.m., a male suspect robbed the Subway restaurant located at 9548 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road. The suspect threatened the employee with a weapon described as a “black stick” and stole money from the business. After completing the robbery, the suspect fled the scene in a red 4-door vehicle. The employee was not injured. 

· On May 22, 2019 at 3:26 p.m., a male suspect robbed the Dollar General located at 7322 The Plaza. The suspect robbed the business after threatening an employee with a weapon described as a metal crowbar. The suspect then fled the scene in a red 4-door vehicle. The employee was not injured. 

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