Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Armed Robbery Unit have charged 39 year old Ronteeni Belk, for his involvement in a series of robberies.
On Monday, March 13 shortly after 9 a.m., the suspect, later identified as Belk, entered the Cash America Pawn, located at 5200 N. Tryon Street. The suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cash register and took personal property from several victims inside the business. During the robbery, the suspect fired one round into the floor, no one was injured. Once the suspect obtained the property he left the business in a vehicle. North Tryon Division officers arrived on scene and broadcast a description of the suspect and suspect vehicle to surrounding divisions.
A short time later, officers located that vehicle and attempted to stop it but the driver refused to pull over. Officers pursued the vehicle until the driver crashed near the 5600 block of N. Graham Street and took off running on foot. After a brief foot chase, officers took the driver into custody and located a handgun at the scene along with stolen property belonging to the victims of the robbery.
Belk was transported to police headquarters where he was interviewed by Armed Robbery Unit Detectives. Detectives determined that Belk was responsible for the robbery and the February 1, 2017, attempted robbery of the First Legacy Bank and the robbery of the Cash America Pawn.
Belk was charged with three counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Operate a Motor Vehicle while Fleeing Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana, and transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.