NC store workers nearly beat robbery suspect to death, police say


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNN Newsource) — People are reacting to robbery suspects being overpowered earlier this week at a southwest Charlotte cellphone store.

“That’s good, that’s good,” one man told WSOC-TV.

Police came to the store on Green Park Circle around 7 p.m. Thursday. 

Inside, officers say they found the suspect, “being held on the ground by employees.”  

They say he, “was in need of immediate medical attention” and they even used “CPR to regain the suspect’s pulse.” 

“A lot of times your life is threatened. it comes down to whether you’re gonna make it home or not,” another man said.

Detectives say, two suspects came into United Wireless Group to rob it. 

A fight broke out between at least one employee and one of the suspects. Workers were able to hold that man down until police arrived.

But the other suspect took off in a U-Haul truck.

Detectives say an employee shot at the truck – which was later abandoned on Center Park Drive. 

Numbers show there have been four crimes like larceny, burglary and robbery in this area in the last few months.

Neighbors applauded employees for fighting back.

“They’re fed up with it. sometimes that’s the only way — to fight back,” yet another man said.

So what happens to the employees? 

North Carolina state law says people have the legal right to defend themselves with deadly force in their homes and workplace without the duty to retreat.

So far, no employees have been charged. 

“I don’t think they should be charged with anything. they defended themselves,” a man said.

One legal expert said that right to defend only applies if there is an ‘imminent threat.’  

Behind the scenes, officers may be considering if that type of threat existed in this case. 

The employees at the cellphone store didn’t return a request for comment Friday.

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