CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say a three teens were arrested in connection to a home break-in where an elderly woman was attacked and her car stolen.
The woman’s family told WBTV on Tuesday that she has a tough recovery ahead. Her bruises and stitches may heal, but they said she is emotionally upset.
Sylessa Ford, 17, Myron Bullock, 18, and an unnamed 14-year-old were all arrested Monday and charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, kidnapping and breaking and entering.
The attack happened around 1 p.m. on Sunday in the 4200 block of Westcliff Drive. Police say they believe the teens broke into the woman’s home with weapons and ransacked her house.
The woman’s son and husband say the suspects covered her face with a bag, tied her to a chair and hit her with furniture. The family shared pictures of a broken television set and glass-top table, which they say were used in the attack.
Police said the trio then left the scene in the victim’s car, an olive-green 2005 Nissan Altima. That car was recovered on Tuesday after a 13 and 14-year-old, who were not involved in the original incident, wrecked the vehicle.
After the attack, the woman was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. WBTV is choosing not to identify her or her family because of the brutal assault. The family says she hasn’t been able to sleep, and now feels unsafe in the home where she has lived the past two decades.
On Monday morning, detectives identified the 14-year-old, whose name has not been released, as one of the suspects and placed him under arrest.
Just a couple hours later, police said they had also arrested Ford and Bullock. Bullock was also arrested earlier this year for robbery and other lesser charges. Based on court records, those charges are still pending.
“It was just terrifying to see this happen to the neighbor you know right across from me,” said neighbor Susie Thomason.
“It definitely shakes you up a bit,” says neighbor Pablo Robledo. He is worried that more incidents like this will continue, and says he reported a shooting that took place less than a month before just several blocks away.
Robledo says police presence is an issue in his area. “I think it’s pretty bad that all this has to happen and we can’t even get a patrol car to come down the street once or twice a week.”
He believes that will help people in his neighborhood feel safe.
“It’s not the best neighborhood to live in, but people still live here and we’d like to feel secure and with all this happening it’s kind of hard to feel that way.”
We see heavy media coverage of the protestors in Ferguson and NYC all focused on how blacks are persecuted by the cops. However, when the shoe is on the other foot, the media is nowhere to be found. As you probably noticed I found this on the website of a North Carolina TV station and saw it on no other news service. There were also no stories of protesters in the streets after this crime was committed, probably because there wasn’t a cop involved that they could lay the blame on. There were only 3 black punks beating the daylights out of a defenseless woman.
Even if the media was there, the only thing you’d hear is their mamas crying about how those little angels were turning their lives around and how good they’re doing in school. But the bottom line is this – when three black teenagers gang up on anyone, especially an old lady, it stands to reason that people are going to have a very low opinion of blacks in general. So if the other respectable blacks want to be thought of more highly, they should be out in the streets decrying this horrible action. It’s not black and white – it’s black crime.
Robledo makes a valid point – where cops are more visible there are generally fewer crimes. With the high tensions that exist between blacks and cops right now, the cops probably want nothing to do with a risky neighborhood such as this one. Instead of whining about it, why not form neighborhood watch programs and patrol in shifts until punks like these get the idea to leave this area alone.
It’s time for people to take some responsibility for their well-being and stop depending on the cops to do it. Cops shouldn’t have to worry about getting shot at when doing routine patrols.