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Officers arrest robbery suspects

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Contact: Rob Tufano, CMPD Public Affairs Office

          Desmarattes                              Sims

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Providence Division have charged Gerald Desmaratte, DOB:07/11/1971, and Deareus Sims, DOB: 10/19/1993, for their involvement in a robbery that occurred in the Providence Division.
On Saturday, March 01, 2014, at approximately 3:35 p.m., Providence Division officers responded to the 1300 block of Queens Road in reference to a robbery from person call for service.  The victim told responding officers that while she was at the location on Queens Road, a white van pulled up next to her.  The victim stated that one of the suspects got out of the van and approached her and demanded her purse.  The victim gave the suspect her purse and the suspects then left the scene in the van.  The victim was not injured during this robbery.  Detectives from the Providence Division were notified and began their investigation. 
On Friday, March 24, 2014 detectives developed information that identified Mr. Sims as one of the suspects in this case.  Mr. Sims was located and arrested at a residence on Parkdale Drive.  Mr. Sims was taken to the Providence Division team office where he was interviewed by detectives.  Upon completion of the interview, Mr. Sims was charged with Common Law Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Common Law Robbery and Obtaining Property by False Pretense.  Mr. Sims was then transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, detectives with the Providence Division along with officers from the Freedom Division arrested Mr. Desmaratte at a location on Little Rock Road.  Mr. Desmaratte was transported to the Providence Division team office where he was interviewed by detectives.  Upon completion of the interview, Mr. Desmaratte was charged with Common Law Robbery and Felony Conspiracy and transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office where he remains in custody. 
Anyone with additional information concerning this case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit  For additional information about these cases please refer to report number 2014-0301-1535-00.