Charlotte Man Is Sentenced To 11 ½ Years For Robbing A Metro T-Mobile Store At Gunpoint

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. sentenced Joseph Antwan Faulk, 37, of Charlotte, to 138 months in prison and three years of supervised release for robbing a Metro T-Mobile at gunpoint, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement. 

According to filed documents and court proceedings, on December 7, 2020, Faulk entered the Metro T-Mobile store located at 2504 Little Rock Road in Charlotte. Upon entering, Faulk approached the counter, pointed a firearm at two store employees, and ordered them to hand over the cash from the registers. Faulk also threatened to shoot the employees if they did not do as he said. The employees complied and Faulk fled the scene with the store’s cash and the employees’ personal cell phones. CMPD officers were able to identify Faulk, and days later Faulk was located and arrested at a residence in Charlotte. Inside the residence, CMPD officers found the firearm Faulk used during the robbery. Faulk has four prior state convictions in North Carolina for Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon.

On July 7, 2021, Faulk pleaded guilty to robbery of a business affecting interstate commerce, or “Hobbs Act” robbery, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the FBI and CMPD for their investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Kelly of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.