Quentin Talley

Quentin Talley, founder of OnQ Performing Arts, was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday, according to a post on his Facebook page.

Talley, an actor, musician and poet, said the robber tried to steal his car but failed. He described the vehicle as being “its own anti-Theft device.” He said the gunman took a pack of cigarettes.

“Regardless, I thank God i still have LIFE for as the police finished taking my statement, suddenly 3 of the 4 cop cars dipped out cause they received a call that someone else had been shot and killed, making this how many murders this year?  and that could’ve been me.”

Talley’s production company is currently staging the play “A Brown Tale” at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, a one-man performance featuring actor James T. Alfred. Last week he completed his second year as curator of the Soul Junction music festival in Historic North End.

Talley did not say where the robbery happened but indicated that the timing may have coincided with Charlotte’s latest homicide, which was reported shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Talley ended his Facebook post by writing: “All this to say, I love yall and be careful out here in these charlotte streets cause folk are running amok. Protect ya neck and don’t get caught slipping.”


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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.