CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are still searching for a man accused of trying to force women into a car at gunpoint near Steele Creek Tuesday morning.
According to CMPD, the suspect pulled up next to a woman who was running in the 1500 block of York Road about 7:48 a.m., pointed a gun at her, and demanded that she get into his vehicle. The woman was able to run to a safe location and call 911.
About an hour later, police say the same suspect approached a second woman jogging in the 5900 block of Dixie River Road. The man pointed a gun at the victim and her her to get inside his car. The woman was able to flag down a nearby passerby where she called 911. Neither victim was injured.
The suspect was driving a tan 1999 Mercedes Benz when he approached the woman. The car had been reported stolen on July 1.
Police say the suspect crashed his car on Performance Rd., the car caught fire and he then took off on foot. Investigators believe he may have approached trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
All whitewater trails around the U.S. National Whitewater Center were shutdown due to safety concerns and there was a heavy police presence in the area.
Officers could be seen wearing tactical gear and carrying rifles, searching business parks, fields, wooded areas and waterways where the suspect may have been hiding. Air support was also called in.