Man posing as contractor wanted in home robbery in McAlpine neighborhood

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they are looking for a man who robbed a homeowner at gunpoint last week in the McAlpine neighborhood while posing as a contractor.

The incident happened about 1:34 p.m. Wednesday on Vista Grande Circle. The 53-year-old victim told police that a man wearing an orange vest and holding a clipboard knocked on her front door. When she opened it, pulled a gun on her. 

"He came in the house and he said in a normal tone: 'This is a robbery. Give me what I came here for and nobody gets hurt.'"

Alesheia Berry lives in the house with her mother, grandmother, and her two children. She was at work when she got a terrifying call from her mother that made her drop to her knees.

"She said, 'Alesheia, me and grand mom have just been robbed at gunpoint," Berry said. 

Berry says the suspect pushed, tugged and shoved her mom and grand mom but neither were injured.

The suspect is described as a black male and being approximately six feet and four inches tall and in his late 30’s to early 40’s.  He was wearing torn jeans, a black jacket, a red hat, and an orange safety vest while carrying a clipboard.  

"This is someone who came here and knew us and they took advantage and they preyed on the elderly and disabled. You took their kindness for weakness because you knew they were vulnerable," said Berry.

She says her family is terrified and hasn't felt safe since the robbery happened.  

"It's nerve racking my mother's not sleeping, my grandmother hasn't been to the daycare because we never know. They came up here to our home in broad daylight on what they thought was our trash day, came up here dressed like a utility worker. We missed our trash day so that's why she let them in the house because we didn't know, they come and get curbside."

The family is now offering a reward for information.

"For anyone who sees any clues or any information leading up to this person who has come and invaded our home and invaded our privacy there is a $500 reward for any information leading up to this arrest," Berry says.

Anyone who knows the suspect or has information about this case is asked to call 911 or contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.