CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested and charged one suspect involved in the robbery and kidnapping of a pizza delivery driver.
Brayon Rhodes was arrested by CMPD detectives in Shelby, NC. He was charged with first degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying the other suspect, who is described as a black female.
Officers said at approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 23, they responded to a Papa John’s Pizza Restaurant in the 1600 block of E. 4th Street in reference to a possible kidnapping incident.
Upon arrival, police were told one of the delivery drivers had not returned from a delivery after several hours. Officers located the victim’s unoccupied vehicle in the 200 block of Baldwin Avenue.
During the course of the investigation, police were contacted by the Archdale Police Department who said the victim was found in their area unharmed.
Additional information gathered indicated that the victim was delivering pizza when he was approached by two people in a vehicle who pointed a gun at him and forced him to get into the vehicle.
They then drove him to an ATM where they withdrew funds from the victim’s bank account and stole additional property from the victim. The suspects then let the victim out of the vehicle and fled in an unknown direction of travel.
Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.
Papa John's released the following statement on the robbery:
"Team member safety is of the utmost importance to Papa John's. We are cooperating with local authorities in their efforts to apprehend those responsible for this incident. We are relieved to report the driver is safe. We've offered him counseling as a result of these events."