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News for the Month of July 2011

July 28, 2011:

Black Tar Heroin Seizure
As a result of a year-long investigation, Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized 3.6 kilograms (8 pounds) of black tar heroin on Thursday, July 28, 2011.  This seizure amounts to approximately 36,000 dosage units of heroin.   The street value of these drugs is approximately $500,000.00 . 
The black tar heroin was seized from an apartment near Central Avenue.  This investigation has been ongoing since 2010 and multiple agencies from around the region provided information to CMPD that eventually led to the location of this significant seizure.  The investigation is still ongoing and more details cannot be released at this time.  
Anyone with information about black tar heroin or other illegal drugs are encouraged to call the Vice and Narcotics Anonymous Tip Line at 704-336-8423.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit their website at  RF


July 28, 2011:
2011 CMPD Citizen Satisfaction Survey

CMPD received the final results of the 2011 CMPD Citizen Satisfaction Survey from Dr. Nancy Burnap of MarketWise. The results concluded that a strong majority of residents have a positive impression of the CMPD and believe the police have been effective in making Charlotte-Mecklenburg and their neighborhood safer. There were also significant increases to the overall satisfaction for both non-emergency CRU and the emergency 911.

Another factor that weighed heavily in the survey was the perception of police visibility as it relates to the reduction of crime. The survey affirmed that maintaining and increasing police visibility is what residents believe is the most important thing the police can do to keep them safe.

To read more of the summary from MarketWise, please see the 2011 CMPD Citizen Satisfaction Survey Final Report.
To review the actual survey results, please see the 2011 Citizen Survey presentation. MO

 July 25, 2011:
2011 Justice Assistance Grant

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice under its Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.  The funds are to be used for improvements to law enforcement and correctional agencies.  The grant is for $714,123; the City of Charlotte’s share is $535,592.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department plans to spend the City funds as follows:

  • $400,903 for overtime for officers to address emerging crime trends and enablers of crime at the neighborhood level    
  • $123,329 for equipment for the thirteen patrol division offices
  • $11,360 for police officer participation in youth programs at the neighborhood level.

The Justice Department requires a 30-day public comment period on the expenditure of JAG funds.  Please direct any questions or comments on Charlotte’s proposed spending plan to Darrellyn Kiser at 704-336-7736 or

July 19, 2011

Grier Heights Bike Patrol

          New Bike Patrol Officers in Grier Heights

 The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Providence Division recently received a generous donation from donors with the “Self Help” organization and a long time resident of the Grier Height’s Community. This gesture has enabled the Providence Division the ability to purchase two bicycles, uniforms and equipment that will be used to patrol the community of Grier Heights.
This effective approach to patrolling has proven to provide for much greater accessibility to different areas of the neighborhood and allows police officers a much more personal level of engagement with neighbors.  It gives the officers the ability to be much more proactive in their work by developing relationships with the community members they serve.  The officers rolled out on their assignments Tuesday, July 19, 2011, to the delight of  neighbors. RT

July 18, 2011

Robbery Suspects Arrested

               Paul                             Payton

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s North Division have arrested Merrick Kentrell Payton, DOB: 05/10/1989, and Shanequia Paul, DOB: 07/26/1992. 

On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at approximately 2:00 p.m. officers responded to a robbery from business call at Mia Amour Beauty Shop located at 240 Mt. Holly Huntersville Road.  
Once officers arrived at the location the female victims stated that the two women and a male suspect entered the business.  A short time later Shanequia Paul assaulted one of the victims and grabbed money from the register while the male suspect assaulted the victims with pepper spray before all three suspects fled the scene.  MEDIC responded to render medical attention to the victims who were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
During this investigation officers gathered evidence that enabled them to obtain a warrant for the suspects arrests.  Shanequia Paul was arrested approximately twenty four hours after she committed the robbery.  Payton's arrests came several days later.  The duo have been charged with two counts of common law robbery, two counts of conspiracy and assault.  
It was also determined that the suspects were involved in a residential breaking and entering case the same day at a home in the 3600 block of Lake Road.  They both face additional charges of breaking and entering with force and larceny. RT

July 15, 2011
CMPD participates in youth tennis program.

Metro Div. Officer Rollin Mackel training with children

On Friday, July 15, 2011, Metro Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department volunteered their time along with staff members from West Charlotte High School and Coach William Brown to provide a day of tennis lessons for fifty elementary school students.

These children attend the Clara H. Jones Summer Institute at First Baptist Church-West and many of them had never played or been exposed to the sport of tennis.

Metro Officers gave the children a good work out and got in a pretty good burn of their own.  RT

July 14, 2011

B&E Suspects Arrested in Eastway Division

           Morris                             Smith
Eastway Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Derricke Lamont Morris, DOB: 09/06/1991 and James Smith, DOB: 04/11/1992.  On Wednesday, July 13, 2011, officers responded to a suspicious person call for service at a home in the 1100 block of Woodside Ave. 
A witness called 911 and stated he observed two suspicious men running from the backyard of the home and noticed a rear window of the home had been broken.   The witness gave 911 a detailed description of the suspects which was broadcast over the radio.  Officers coordinated a perimeter around the neighborhood in an effort to locate the suspects. 
Approximately twenty minutes later an officer observed two men matching the description of the suspects and detained the men.  The witness was taken to the scene and positively identified both suspects as the men he witnessed running from the yard.  James Smith had cuts to his wrist and ankle that he sustained from the broken window of the home. Officers immediately requested MEDIC and the suspect was transported to the hospital.  Both Morris and Smith have been charged with Breaking and Entering with Force and Felony Larceny. 
The information the witness provided by calling 911 was critical in bringing this case to a prompt resolution.  Officers in the field did an outstanding job of communicating with each other and dispatch. They coordinated an effective perimeter that enabled them to apprehend these suspects quickly before the suspects could victimize anyone else in our community.
 Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 RT

July 13, 2011

Second Quarter Crime Statistics Released

Deputy Chief Kerr Putney during press conference

Deputy Chief Kerr Putney presented the second quarter crime statistics for 2011.  The stats through the end of June show the preliminary total for Index Offenses was -25.44% lower than the past 3 year average.  
Property crime decreased by -25.85% while violent crime decreased by -22.56%.
18 homicides were reported through June compared to the past 3 year average of 33.67, resulting in a decrease of -46.53%.
733 robberies were reported compared to the average of 1154, resulting in a decrease of -36.48%
106 rapes were reported compared to the average of 126.33, resulting in a decrease of -16.09%
Out of those 106 reported rapes, 19 were reportedly committed by strangers, the remaining 87 committed by known acquaintances to the victims.
1378 aggravated assaults were reported compared to the average of 1572.33, resulting in a decrease of -12.36%.
Burglary overall was down -18.77%, (4111 compared to 5060.67) with a decrease of -22.82% in residential (2952 compared to 3825) and a decrease of -6.2% in commercial cases (1159 compared to 1235.67).
960 vehicle thefts were reported compared to the average of 1964.33, resulting in a decrease of      -51.13%.
Total larceny cases declined by -24.72% (10005 compared to 13290.33) with the larcenies from auto down by -44.62% (3835 compared to 6924.67).
100 arson cases were reported compared to 150.67, resulting in a decrease of -33.63%.  

For a more comprehensive snapshot of the statistics please visit  RT

July 13, 2011

Mother arrested in child abuse case

    Shannon Merriman

Shortly after 1:00 a.m., on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, Shannon Merriman, DOB: 09/09/1988, was arrested on a warrant for Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Injury (F).  Ms. Merriman is currently in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where she is being held without bond.  Ms. Merriman was arrested at Carolinas Medical Center, 1000 Blythe Boulevard. 
The victim in this case is the one year old son of Ms. Merriman; his name is being withheld.  The incident occurred at Ms. Merriman’s apartment, located on High Meadow Lane, in the Steele Creek Division, on July 10 2011,  at 2:34 p.m.  Ms. Merriman called 911 to report that her son had slipped and hit his head.  Steele Creek Division officers responded to the scene and to Carolinas Medical Center, where the baby was taken for treatment of his injury. 

Homicide Unit Detectives were notified and took command of the investigation from the outset.  Their investigation led them to secure a warrant for Ms. Merriman’s arrest.   
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS, and speak with the lead Detective.  Detective Fitch is the lead investigator in this case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. RF

July 13, 2011

Suspect captured in Georgia

        Damion Dawston
Damion Dawston is wanted by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) for outstanding warrants for interfering with an electronic monitoring device, felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and felony possession of stolen goods.  He was apprhended in Gwinnett County Georgia on Wednesday morning.  
Dawston was the fourteenth offender to cut the monitor off this year of more than 700 suspects who are monitored.  On average, fewer than 2% of the offenders we monitor ever cut the monitors off.  RT

July 11, 2011

Commercial B&E suspect arrested

    Bobby J. Barrett

Freedom Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Bobby J. Barrett, DOB: 12/20/1985.  On Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at approximately  3:00 a.m. officers responded to a commercial burglary alarm at the Savoy 2002 Nightclub located at 3930 Brookshire Blvd. 
When officers arrived at the location they observed the rear door was slightly ajar.  When an officer pushed the door open he observed the suspect inside of the business with a hammer in his hand.  The suspect turned and ran from the officer, but was quickly apprehended. 
During the course of the investigation officers determined that the suspect pried open the back door and cash registers inside of business.
Barrett has been charged with Breaking and Entering with Force. 
Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or RT

July 8, 2011

Homicide Detectives conducting death investigation

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation into a home invasion robbery and subsequent shooting that occurred at 2404 Finchley Drive in the North Tryon Division, which left one man dead.  The call for service was reported at 9:36 a.m., on Friday, July 08, 2011.  The deceased has yet to be identified..
North Tryon Division officers responded to 2404 Finchley Drive to investigate the report of one person who had been shot.  When officers arrived on scene, they located an unresponsive male inside the residence; he was pronounced deceased on scene.  Based upon initial witness statements, a male was sitting outside the house in a vehicle when he was approached by two armed black males.  The suspects forced the male inside the residence at gunpoint and began assaulting him.  When the female resident heard the commotion, she fired a firearm at the suspects, killing one of them.  The second suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction of travel.  Patrol officers and detectives are currently searching for the second suspect. 
The male who was assaulted was treated on scene by Medic and transported to Carolinas Medical Center treatment of his non-life threatening injuries.  The female victim was uninjured during the incident.  Both victims will be interviewed by Homicide Unit Detectives.    
Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Santiago is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or   RF

July 8, 2011
Marijuana grow operation discovered

         Garage Grow Operation                            Jorge Luis Correa                  Ivan Montalvo
Independence Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Jorge Luis Correa, DOB: 10/03/1967 and Ivan Montalvo, DOB: 10/15/1968.  On June 28, 2011, officers received information concerning a possible marijuana grow operation at a home located at 9817 Dunfries Road.  
Officers arrived at the location and met with the homeowner Jorge Luis Correa.  Correa gave the officers consent to enter the home.   Once inside the officers detected a strong smell of marijuana, they asked the homeowner for consent to search the location, but their request was denied.  Officers subsequently obtained a search warrant for the home and discovered an elaborate marijuana grow operation constructed in the garage.  
Approximately fifty marijuana  plants were discovered in various stages of growth. More than $10,000 in cash was recovered from the home.  It was also determined that the suspects connected the subterranean power line to the home bypassing the power meter in an effort to steal electrical service from Duke Energy.
Both Correa and Montalvo have been charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Manufacturing Marijuana, Maintaining a Dwelling to Sell Controlled Substance and Conspire to Sell Marijuana.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or RT

July 8, 2011

Excellent work results in arrest of robbery suspect

          Michael Conway

Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Michael Conway, DOB:  12/08/1968On July 5, 2011, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Westover Division officers responded to a robbery of a business reported at the Petro Express located at  605 Clanton Road.  The victim told officers that the suspect entered the store and demanded the money from the cash register after implying he had a gun.  The suspect took the cash and got into a taxi before leaving the location.
Approximately five minutes later another robbery was reported at the Circle K located at 4001 South Blvd.  The store clerk stated  that she was behind the counter when the suspect entered the store and implied he had a gun, the suspect demanded money from the register and again got in to a taxi.  The suspect and vehicle descriptions were identical to those of the prior robbery.  The description was broadcast over the radio and officers circulated the area looking for the vehicle.   A short time later officers  located a vehicle matching the description.  Steele Creek officers assisted Westover officers and stopped the taxi on Woodlawn Road.
A witness was transported to the location and identified Michael Conway as the man responsible for the Circle K robbery.  A search incident to arrest also resulted in officers recovering property that was stolen from the Petro Express robbery.  It was determined that the taxi driver was not aware of the suspect’s criminal activity inside the stores.  Michael Conway was charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Common Law Robbery. The suspect has a lengthy criminal record in Mecklenburg County including arrests of armed robberies of businesses.
The CMPD will continue to work aggressively to remove these type of individuals from society who repeatedly prey on our community.  Excellent communication and coordination between patrol officers in Westover and Steele Creek Divisions in the field and dispatch were critical elements in apprehending this repeat offender before he victimized anyone else.  RT

July 7, 2011
PAL Receives Donation from NLC

CMPD officers took on the National League of Cities (NLC) in a friendly basketball competition. The event benefitted the Police Activities League (PAL).  The game was held at the Greenville Neighborhood Center. PAL youth, residents, and other spectators cheered the CMPD team onto a 66-54 victory.
Charlotte City Council members, including Mayor Anthony Foxx, Councilman James Mitchell, Jr. (NLC president) and Councilman Warren Turner played on the NLC team. NLC is a nonprofit organization that helps city leaders build stronger communities. Don Borut, NLC executive director and WPEG’s “No Limit Larry” also were on hand.
At the end of the game, NLC presented a $500 check to PAL for their Youth Male Group Mentoring and Leadership Program. 
To learn more about PAL, please contact Jeff Hood, executive director, at 704-336-2105. LF 

July 6, 2011

Hickory Grove Officers arrest B&E Suspect

 Bryan Emmanuel Berry
Hickory Grove Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Bryan Emmanuel Berry, DOB: 10/22/1988.  On May 22, 2011, at approximately 2:45 p.m. officers responded to a residential breaking and entering call for service at a home in the 8400 block of Othello Place.
The victim stated he had and his daughter had returned home from church and discovered someone had entered his residence through a rear window and removed property including a gaming system console.   The victim provided officers with the model and serial number which he recorded after purchasing the item.  Officers entered the serial number of the item into the CMPD’s Pawn Tracker system and received a positive hit on the gaming system.
The information revealed that Bryan Emanuel Berry sold the merchandise at a pawn shop on Albemarle Road.  Bryan Emanuel Berry was apprehended  on July 4, 2011, and has been charged with Breaking and Entering with Force and Felony larceny.
  The CMPD continues to strongly urge citizens to record and save all serial and model numbers from electronic equipment and other expensive items.  This information is critical in tracking the property in the event it’s ever stolen.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or RT

July 6, 2011

Robbery Detectives seek public's assistance


Robbery Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual pictured in the attached photographs.  The suspect committed the offense at the KP Express Mart located at 2634 Statesville Ave.  

The suspect used a taser device on the store employee several times during the incident.  He  was last seen wearing a green ballcap, green t-shirt, sunglasses, dark colored jeans and dark shoes.
We are asking that anyone who can identify this suspect to please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or   RF