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News for the Month of May 2011
May 31, 2011

Suspect identified in deadly uptown shooting
Earlier today, Detectives with the Homicide Unit signed a murder warrant charging Antonio Amos Thompkins, DOB: 01/31/1991, with the murder of Antwan Terrell Smith, who was shot and killed by Thompkins in the early morning hours of Sunday May 29, 2011.  The shooting took place on a sidewalk in the 200 block of 3rd Street.  Mr. Thompkins is known to frequent the Grier Town area.  Please urge the public not to approach the suspect as he should be considered armed dangerous.  Anyone who knows the suspects whereabouts should forward the information they may have to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at 704-336-VCAT(8228). Additionally, they may forward anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/   
RF




May 31, 2011

5th Annual Shelton and Clark Memorial Benefit Softball Tournament

On Saturday, July 2, 2011 and Sunday July 3, 2011, a benefit softball tournament will be held at Idlewild Road Park to pay tribute and honor Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark. Home Run Derby Contest begins at 12:00, Saturday, July 2nd with Tournament Play beginning at 8:00am Sunday, July 3rd.

Team registration fee: 200.00 per team
Home Run Derby registration fee: 20.00 per person

Team Trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes

There will be food and fun for a great cause! Any and all donations accepted!

The first (8) Co-Ed Teams will be accepted and the first (8) MENS teams will be accepted (USSSA RULES)

If interested in supporting this cause, please contact:
    Detective Darryl Seegars
    Matthews Police Department
    704-847-4069(office)
    dseegars@matthewspolice.org

RH

May 26, 2011

FBI Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report Released
The FBI has released its Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report for January-December 2010.  The report in its entirety can be accessed by clicking on this link: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/preliminary-annual-ucr-jan-dec-2010
  
The figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 5.5 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention in 2010 when compared to figures reported for 2009. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes in the United States from January to December of 2010 decreased 2.8 percent when compared to data from the same time period in 2009. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals. Figures for 2010 indicated that arson decreased 8.3 percent when compared to 2009 figures.
 
 
When compared to the nation and our population group (24 other police agencies), the CMPD’s crime reduction percentage is lower in every crime category, except for murder (homicide).  From 2009 to 2010 the CMPD experienced an increase in homicides from 55 to 59, a 7.3% increase.  RF




 
May 26, 2011

Beneath The Badge Exhibit comes to a close
The Charlotte Museum of History will be open to the public for FREE on Saturday, May 28, 2011.  CMPD’s specialized units will be on site with displays and demonstrations from noon until 3:00 p.m.  The museum is located at 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.
 
The Beneath the Badge exhibit tells the history of policing in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. While the exhibit has been at the museum for more than a year, this is the last weekend it will be open to the public.  RF
 




May 24, 2011

Additional suspect charged with murder from homicide committed in August of 2010
CMPD Homicide Unit Detectives obtained a murder warrant on James Farris Hodges, DOB: 08/15/1983, in reference to the murder of Brooks D'Angelo Crist, committed on August 7, 2010.  Detectives have reason to believe that Hodges has fled the state.  Detectives are coordinating with VCAT, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the US Marshals, who are actively tracking Mr. Hodges.  Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Hodges is asked to contact VCAT at 704-336-VCAT, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600.  Hodges' co-suspect, James Currie, is already in custody for this murder, after being charged and arrested on September 4, 2010.  RF



May 24, 2011

Neighbor helps CMPD nab LFA suspect

Providence Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Macieo White, DOB: 05/31/1993.  On May 23, 2011, officers responded to a call for service at the Eastover Ridge Apartments located at 3431 Eastover Ridge Dr.  A neighbor called 911 and stated they observed a suspicious looking man attempting to break into cars. 
 
When officers arrived they observed the suspect standing next to a vehicle with its trunk open.  The officers questioned the suspect who admitted the vehicle did not belong to him and that he entered the unlocked car without permission or authority.  After further conversation the suspect admitted to entering approximately ten vehicles at the apartment complex and proceeded to identify the vehicles he entered.  The suspect was on probation for burglary at the time of the break-in’s. Macieo White was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering of Motor Vehicles.
 
Had it not been for a neighbor willing to get involved and call police when they noticed something suspicious, White would more than likely still be free to victimize more of our citizens. CMPD continues to urge citizens to observe and report suspicious activity by calling 911.  Anyone with information on unsolved cases may forward their anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/  RT



May 24, 2011

CMPD participates in preventative child safety campaign


Special Agent Jody Norris FBI (L) CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe (R)

 On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe will joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s Superintendent Dr. Peter Gorman, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jody Norris for the 2011 Take 25 campaign kickoff at First Ward Elementary School.

Take 25 is a preventive child safety campaign whose mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation, aid in the recovery of missing children, and assist children who have been victimized. The campaign was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Annually honored on May 25th, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a national priority.

Designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding missing and exploited children, the Take 25 campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators, and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. With a focus on prevention, Take 25 provides communities with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters, and engaging activities. Take 25’s resources are available free of charge and can be found at local Take 25 events. RT
 
 

May 24, 2011

Commercial Burglary Suspect Arrested

Providence Division burglary detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Allen Lowery, DOB: 08/13/1959.  On may 20, 2011, at approximately 3:30 a.m. officers responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Monkee’s, a clothing store located at 3900 Colony Road.
 
Officers arrived and observed the front door had been smashed by a large rock and clothes scattered on the floor of location. An employee arrived and stated that two racks of designer clothing had been stolen totaling approximately $30,000.  An anonymous person with information on the suspect forwarded specific details about the incident later that day to a security guard who passed the suspects address on to police. 
 
Detectives responded to Allen Lowery’s residence at 929 McArthur Avenue later that evening.  After making voluntary contact with the suspect, the suspect consented to allow officers into the residence.  Allen Lowery led officers inside to an area where he retrieved  trash bags containing property stolen during the incident.  Allen Lowery has been charged with Breaking and Entering with Force and Felony Larceny.  The property was returned to the victim. 
 
This case illustrates what can be accomplished when the police and the community work together. The information provided by the anonymous caller was critical in apprehending this suspect. CMPD continues to urge citizens to observe and report suspicious activity by calling 911.  Anyone with information on unsolved cases may forward their anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT