Charlotte man charged with robbing bank in Cabarrus County

- A Charlotte man has been arrested after authorities say he robbed the Fifth-Third Bank in Midland Thursday morning. 

It happened about 10:51 a.m. at the branch located at 5555 Highway 49. According to the Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley, the suspect walked into the bank alone and presented a written note demanding money, and stating that he would harm innocent people. 

Detectives were able to identify the suspect, 20-year-old Joseph Anthony Hawkinson, of Charlotte, thanks to witnesses who provided "timely information about the vehicle and suspect description." 

“We are so thankful that nobody was hurt in or around the bank; and we are also thankful that within 16 minutes of dispatch to the bank robbery, our officers worked with Locust Police officers to detain the suspect," Sheriff Riley said. “That is incredibly swift and professional work, led by public witnesses, 911, and community police officers doing their job to protect our communities.” 

Hawkinson is charged with one count of Common Law Robbery. He is being held in the Cabarrus County Jail under $100,000 bond. 

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