Nearly four months after five people were stabbed during a fight inside a University City bar, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have announced an arrest in the case.

Aldon George Lawrence

Aldon George Lawrence, 26, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Customs agents after he boarded a plane at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. He was charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

A CMPD spokeswoman said detectives got a tip through Crime Stoppers that identified Lawrence a suspect in the March 19 stabbing at Red@28th, a popular spot owned by Charlotte entrepreneur Darren Vincent. The stabbings drew widespread media attention and led Vincent to launch a series of public events meant to shine a spotlight on violence.


In a March interview with Qcitymetro, Vincent called the stabbings “an unfortunate situation” that did not reflect the character of his business.

In early May, CMPD released this photo of a man described as a “suspect” in the case.
In early May, CMPD released this photo of a man described as a “suspect” in the case.

Vincent launched Red@28th eight years ago with hundreds of books and a dream of encouraging more people to read, especially African American males. From his first location in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood he opened a second lounge in the University City area. Over they years, he said, the business added a full bar, pool tables and hookah pipes.

According to witness and police reports, the fight began inside the club and then spread into a parking. Two victims were treated for what CMPD described at the time as life-threatening injuries.

In early May, CMPD posted photos, taken by a surveillance camera, that showed a man who police wanted to identify for questioning.

CMPD spokeswoman Jessica Wallin said Friday that information gathered during the investigation “confirmed that Lawrence was responsible” for the assaults.

Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.