Lunch Break (11/20/15): Five teens arrested for violent sexual assault of young girl in Mint Hill



Five teenagers have been arrested for allegedly raping a girl found naked on the side of a Mint Hill street yesterday, police announced this morning. Jhovany Roman, 17; Felix Reyes, 16; Eduardo Garcis, 16; and two 15-year-old boys were arrested for the sexual assault. The 15-year-old suspects' names were not released because they are underage, while the victim's name is not being released due to the nature of the crime. All the suspects except Garcis have been charged with first degree rape, first degree sex offense and one count of assault by strangulation inflicting physical injury. Police said others may be charged in connection with the case. (James Brierton, Fox46) 

The Panthers organization has announced that security will be tightened for Sunday's game at Bank of America Stadium. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has declared the game an "extraordinary event," based on an ordinance passed during the Occupy Charlotte and Democratic National Convention days that lets police restrict what items are allowed into a certain area. Police are beefing up security as a precaution following last Friday's Paris terrorist attacks. (Brody O'Connell, WBTV) 

Police and officials at Harding University High School are investigating after a video involving a police officer trying to break up a brawl between students yesterday has gone viral. According to CMPD, the school resource officer, J. Flowers, was trying to de-escalate the situation during a class change after six students got into a fight. As seen on the video, Flowers was knocked to the ground. Police said Flowers was attacked by a student, reportedly named Davione Robinson, who was then charged with multiple charges including assault on a police officer. Davione's mother, Merissa, said it has been all "he said, she said," but that she has been hearing that he was trying to break the fight up. The CMPD Internal Affairs division is investigating to make sure proper protocol was followed. (WSOC Staff) 

A 61-year-old man believed to be responsible for a string of robberies
at pharmacies in south Charlotte and Union County is in custody. Police said Scott Alton Hill voluntarily came to CMPD headquarters to be interviewed yesterday and later confessed to the crimes. He's been charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. A man looking like Hill can be seen on surveillance videos from robberies at the CVS on Rea Road, a Harris Teeter on Lancaster Highway, a Walgreens on Providence Road and a Walgreens in Waxhaw. All those robberies occurred within one month. (Sarah Hagen, WCNC) 

Event times and related road closures and public transit changes have been released for next week's holiday events, including the Carolina Panthers Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday night and Thursday's Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. For info about road closures, parade routes, parking, bus routes and more, see this article from the Observer. (Karen Sullivan, Charlotte Observer) 

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