CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A third teenager has been taken into custody after a mother was shot and killed during an armed robbery as she was heading to work Tuesday morning in east Charlotte, police said.
A 15-year-old juvenile is the most recent arrest made in connection to this case. The teen, whose name is not being released due his age, is charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The other two teenagers involved, A’vone Williams, 17, and Antonio Darnell Shine, 19, are also both charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. CMPD officers credited faith and the community for their arrests.
"It's divine intervention,” Lieutenant Susan Manassah said.
The three teenagers are accused of shooting and killing Maria Gomez, 36, according to CMPD.
“I remember looking over at my guys and I saw the victim's brother's truck and he had a cross in the back of his window. I don't know where you guys land on something things, but I believe in karma. We had an innocent victim killed and divine intervention that helped us all out,” Lt. Manassah said.
The murder happened in a largely Hispanic area. Neighbors told FOX 46 Charlotte immigrants here fear deportation if they talk to police, but CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said this Latino community banded together to help one of their own.
“I’ll tell you this, many of the witnesses many who are Latino gave us plenty of information to do what we needed to do so there is trust, and here's what I’ll tell you, I can assure you none of our detectives, none of our officers ask for immigration status so believe what we do, not just what I say,” Chief Putney explained.
“Model what these heroes have done, and I’m not just talking about the detectives. I’m talking about the community members who stepped up and gave us the information that we need. I’ll tell you this, they have a great feeling of what they have done and they have contributed to their safety. We should all model that. The only way to address retaliation is getting these people off the streets,” Chief Putney said.
This case remains as an open, active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to Detective Burkard, the lead detective assigned to this case.