Just before 9 p.m. last night CP received word that Mecklenburg County Manager and his wife Becky Jones had been robbed at gunpoint in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte.
A minute later CP posted the following via twitter:
"Meck Co Manager Harry Jones and his wife were apparently robbed tonight in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood."
What is interesting is that CMPD PIO (police information officer) on duty went into denial mode when the mainstream media tried to confirm CP's tweet. Which means either the PIO is woefully uninformed or a liar.
What makes it more interesting is that WBTV apparently picked up the radio call and was able to dispatch a news crew in time to locate Harry Jones being interviewed by CMPD on the scene.
So while WBTV was breaking the story, other news stations were getting "disinformation" from CMPD's official source. Which makes you wonder, how the department would handle a real city wide emergency?
The Charlotte Observer's take on the attack:
Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones and his wife were robbed at gunpoint Friday night in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood, police said.
The robbery was reported just before 8 p.m. near the Neighborhood Theatre. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a man armed with a gun approached the couple and demanded their belongings. Jones and his wife complied, and then the man fled on foot, police said.
Robbery detectives, as well as search dogs, were called to the scene. Police said they were reviewing surveillance footage in the area.
As of 10:30 p.m., the suspect had not been found.
Jones and his wife were not injured.
Cedar Posts Update:
Sources tell CP that Harry Jones and his wife Becky chased the thugs while calling 911. After four blocks the thugs (apparently there was more than one) managed to escape.