WNY Native Killed Near Charlotte

January 15, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM EDT

By WKBW News


WNY Native Killed Near Charlotte

January 15, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --( WSOCTV.com ) A manhunt is underway for a 22-year-old accused of killing a pregnant woman in Ballantyne.

Police said Mark Anthony Cox allegedly killed his co-worker, 25-year-old Danielle Marie Watson at The Flying Biscuit Café.

Watson's grandparents reside in Lockport, N.Y. and tell Channel 7's Eyewitness News that Danielle has been a resident in the Charlotte area for the last few years.

Keith Smith, Watson’s fiancé, told Eyewitness News in Charlotte he called 911 just after midnight on Friday when she didn’t return his phone calls.

“I called 911 and I said I got a weird phone call, can somebody at least go by the restaurant it’s the Flying Biscuit on Rea Road,” Smith said.

Smith was worried about his fiancé after receiving a call from Watson at 10:15 p.m. Friday that made him think something was wrong.

“It didn’t sound like anything. It was just muffled, but it was definitely a conversation,” Smith said.

Smith told Eyewitness News in Charlotte he tried calling her back and sent her texts. He waited for Watson to respond but after two hours, he said he called 911 and asked the police to go to the restaurant. But the police ended up at a house in the 3900 block of Rea Road and not at the Flying Biscuit Café located at 7030 Rea Road.

A call for service was entered incorrectly for a non-existent business named Plum Biscuits. According to a press release, the responding officer arrived at the address in the 3900 block to a private residence and did not receive an answer at the door. The officer then drove to a nearby shopping complex in an attempt to locate any businesses that matched the name of Plum Biscuits.

Several hours later, police responded to a robbery call at The Flying Biscuit Café. As officers were still on scene, they were notified by an employee of Allied Waste Services that he discovered a body behind the trash dumpster he was attempting to empty.

The body was later identified as Watson.

Smith told Eyewitness News in Charlotte he doesn’t fault anyone in the mistake, but just wants justice for Watson.

Police signed warrants for Cox late Saturday night, charging him with Watson’s murder and two counts of armed robbery.

Investigators believe Cox fled the scene in Watson’s 1997 baby blue Chevy Cavalier with North Carolina license plate number: ZYX1952.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.