Three arrested in robbery spree that began on UNC Charlotte’s campus


(left) Lester McClendon (center) Jwuan Horton (right) Ulondis R-Quan Edwards 

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Three people have been arrested following an armed robbery spree that began early Thursday morning on UNC Charlotte’s campus, police said. 

Lester McClendon II, 21, Jwuan Horton, 19, and Ulondis R-Quan Edwards, 18, have been charged in a series of armed robberies, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. 

On Thursday, Feb. 8, at 2:05 a.m., UNCC Police responded to an armed robbery that occurred on the campus of UNCC. Police then forwarded suspect and vehicle information to CMPD.

Later Friday morning, at approximately 4:24 a.m., CMPD officers responded to 5455 Brookshire Boulevard in reference to an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven. 

Upon arrival, officers were advised by an employee that two suspects entered the business and brandished a firearm. The suspects then demanded money and fled the scene 

A short time later, officers were called to a home in the 1800 block of Garibaldi Avenue, in reference to locating a vehicle that matched the description given by UNCC Police regarding their armed robbery case that occurred on campus. The vehicle was located and a traffic stop was conducted. 

Officers detained two suspects, identified as McClendon and Horton. Based off of evidence located in the vehicle, both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters where they were interviewed. 

During the course of the investigation, detectives, with the assistance of the Crime Analysis Unit, were able to identify Edwards as a third suspect. Detectives coordinated efforts with Probation and Parole Officers, who took Edwards into custody without incident.

Edwards, Horton and McClendon are all being held at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. They have each been charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. 

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