Man surrenders to police after north Charlotte standoff

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A man surrendered to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police in north Charlotte Thursday evening after there was a standoff situation.

Around 5:30 p.m. a CMPD police officer attempted to stop a car in the I-85/Freedom Dr. area that was reported stolen in an armed robbery. The car refused to stop.

The officer did not engage in a vehicle pursuit, but was able to determine the identity of the driver as 17-year-old Kievon Ratchford, who is currently on court-ordered electric monitoring.

Using that information, the officer tracked Ratchford to an area near Augusta St. and Dr. Webber Ave. He jumped from the car and ran into a vacant home in the 2300 block of Augusta St. when he saw officers. 

Officers surrounded the home and could be heard over a loud speaker telling Ratchford to come out of the house with hands up. Officers were also seen with guns drawn, ducking behind cars in the area.

Ratchford eventually surrendered peacefully and is now in custody. He has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle as well as multiple driving violations.  

The 2009 Toyota Camry Ratchford was driving was reported stolen around 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 2 from the Queens Mini Mart at 2120 Beatties Ford Rd. The victim told police that he had been robbed at gunpoint by two men as he was about to leave the store. 

Detectives are working to determine if Ratchford actually stole the car, or came into possession of it at a later time. 

No injuries were reported in today's events, or the armed robbery that led up to it.