November 8, 2019
On Friday, November 8, 2019, at approximately 12:47 p.m., Matthews officers responded to the parking lot of the Harris Teeter located at 1811 Matthews Township Parkway in reference to an armed robbery. The victim told officers that as she was getting into her car, a female approached her with a knife and stole her purse by cutting it off at the strap. The suspect then reportedly got into the victim’s car and left heading towards E. Independence Blvd.
The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries for medical treatment of lacerations received during the theft of her purse.
The suspect and vehicle description, along with the last known direction of travel was immediately provided to all surrounding law enforcement agencies by Matthews Police Department Communications. A short time later, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Aviation Unit located the vehicle in Charlotte. At the direction of the CMPD Aviation Unit, CMPD ground units were able to take the suspect into custody in the area of McAlway Rd. and Craig Ave.
The suspect was identified as Ms. Melissa Elaine Stutts (DOB – 05/02/1979) of Charlotte and is charged with the following (CMPD has additional charges pending):
Assault with a Deadly Weapon;
Motor Vehicle Theft.
We would like to thank the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for their assistance as well as their continued partnership in striving to keep our communities safe.
We also want to remind everyone to please be aware of your surroundings while in parking lots to include these safety tips:
- Although you want your cell phone within arm’s reach in case of an emergency, we encourage you to stay off it while walking through parking lots so that your attention is not divided.
- Visually scan the area for suspicious people as you are pulling into a parking space before you exit your vehicle. Also practice this as you are returning to your vehicle.
- If you are parking at night or you know that you will be returning to your car when it’s dark, always try to park in a well-lit area.
- Have your keys ready and in your hand when you are returning to your car. You do not want to spend time standing at your car looking for them.