Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Monday apprehended a man suspected of killing his 83-year-old mother after she refused his request for cash.
The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) arrested Jerry Allen Heath, 56, hours after a murder warrant was issued against him and investigators sought the public’s help in locating him. Heath was booked into the Mecklenburg County jail.
Heath is suspected of killing Annie Sutton Heath either late Sunday or early Monday.
According to a CMPD report, police were called to a home in the 1100 block of Geraldine Powe Drive at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. Officers had received a call about a possible domestic assault.
Police said the call came from Annie Heath’s daughter, who was not present during the alleged incident. Police said the daughter had information that her mother was involved in an argument with her son.
Based on witness statements and initial reports, police said, Jerry Heath had demanded money from his mother, then assaulted her after she refused. He allegedly took an envelope containing cash and fled the apartment.
When officers arrived, they found Annie Heath dead from apparent blunt force trauma.
Jerry Heath was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.