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Archived News & Media Releases for October 2010
 
October 30, 2010:

CMPD's Annual Volunteer Appreciation Day a Success

 
Officer demonstrates a Segway
   

Hundreds gathered at the Police Training Academy on Shopton Road as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department honored its volunteers at their Annual Volunteers Appreciation Day.

The department showed its appreciation for the wonderful volunteers who give of their time, talents and skills to help the department meet the needs of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. This is a family event featured food, games and live demonstrations from specialty units like the Bomb Squad and SWAT Team.  RT

 



 
October 29, 2010:

Chief Monroe takes to Latino Airwaves

 
Police Chief Rodney Monroe
  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe addressed listeners on Radio Latina 102.3 FM.  He joined on air personalities Jorge Medina and Javier “El Fuji” Rodriguez to talk about CMPD's relationship with the Latino community. 

The Chief took several call in questions from listeners and got the community up to speed on various operations and strategies the department is currently working on in the community. RT


 

 October 28, 2010:

Crime Stoppers nets two violent suspects

Arrested Person Image   Arrested Person Image
   Lamar Anderson          
Elliott Mathis

On October 5, 2010, Crime Stoppers received a tip from an anonymous caller who gave the specific whereabouts of a fugitive wanted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team. Lamar Octavio Anderson, DOB: 07/16/1986, was wanted for the Armed Robbery of the Family Dollar Store on West Sugar Creek Road.  Thanks to the anonymous tip from the caller, Anderson was arrested without incident on the campus of CPCC located at 1206 Elizabeth Avenue.  Anderson has a prior Armed Robbery conviction as well as two other Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Gun) arrests. 

Another recent caller to Crime Stoppers provided a tip that lead to the apprehension of Elliott Darnell Mathis, DOB: 12/10/1976.  Mr. Mathis was wanted for 2nd Degree Rape of an 18 year old female in late September of this year.   Mr. Mathis has an extensive criminal history that includes multiple Assaults on women in our community, Breaking and Entering and other serious crimes.  The information the tipster provided lead to the immediate apprehension of Mr. Mathis.  There is a strong possibility that this predator would still be plaguing our community if not for an engaged citizen getting involved.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department would like to thank the community for their involvement.  We also continue to encourage anyone who may have information on unsolved cases to call anonymous tips into Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters may earn cash rewards for the information they provide.  To learn more about Crime Stoppers, visit the website at http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT

 

 

 

October 27, 2010

Marijuana grow operation busted in the North Division

Earlier today, two bike patrol officers in the North Division were circulating the Lake Rd/Oakwood Rd area for any suspicious activity.  As they biked down Oakwood Road, they came upon an intense odor of fresh unburned marijuana.  Once they pinpointed the residence in question, they applied for a search warrant and entered the house shortly after 1 p.m. and discovered a large-scale marijuana grow operation. 

Preliminary findings discovered approximately 220 marijuana plants and several times that many harvested buds that were being readied for sale.  All the necessary products needed to care for the plants were also found inside the residence.  This is the third grow operation that has been discovered in the North Division in the last month.  Two occupants were taken into custody and face charges of Trafficking in Marijuana, Manufacturing Marijuana, Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purpose of Drug Sales and Cultivation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The two people who were arrested are Francisco Jesus Limon and Christopher Lee Owens.  Each is in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office under a secured bond of $75,500.

The CMPD would like to remind citizens to call 911 if they are aware of any criminal activity in their neighborhood.  Information can be called in anonymously to the division offices and through Crime Stoppers, at 704-334-1600. 
RF

October 27, 2010

Update in murder case which occurred on Eastbrook Road on August 12, 2010

Information garnered through the process of re-interviewing witnesses at the scene along with the statement of a witness who recently came forward to speak with detectives has led to the arrest of Ellis Eugene Royster, DOB: 08/03/1987.  This arrest marks his fourth arrest in Mecklenburg County since 2004.  Mr. Royster was arrested without incident by members of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team late last night at his residence at 5816 Eastbrook Road in Charlotte, NC.

Although Ellis Royster was at the scene of the shooting on the night of the incident and came to police headquarters voluntarily to be interviewed by Homicide Unit Detectives, he was not charged with the murder because a witness identified Alvin Alexander as the shooter. 

This week, Homicide Unit Detectives re-interviewed seven witnesses, along with three additional witnesses who had yet to come forward.  The witness who identified Alvin Alexander as the shooter was one of the people who were re-interviewed. During the re-interview, this witness recanted his story and informed detectives that Ellis Royster was the actual shooter.  One of the three witnesses who were just recently developed also placed Mr. Royster at the scene and identified him as the shooter. 

This incident remains under active investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this case may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or 704-432-TIPS to speak directly to lead Homicide Unit Detective Abbott. 
RF


 
  October 22, 2010
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's 160th Recruit Class begins at the Fire/Police Academy

The 160th recruit class officially started on Monday, October 18, 2010. There are a total of 38 recruits in this academy class. 58% of the recruits hold a Bachelor's Degree or higher, 8 of the recruits are veterans of the military, 3 recruits, have prior law enforcement experience, and 3 recruits were chosen from our very own CMPD Cadet Program.

The recruits will be in class for the next 23 weeks and will be chosen to serve in the various patrol divisions that make up the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The class will be learning the various aspects of law enforcement and being trained to be a law enforcement officer. over the next 23 weeks, the recruits will learn a lot about themselves and what it means to be recognized as an officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. RH



 

October 20, 2010:

New CMPD Crime Stoppers Coordinator Meets the Press

 
Officer Marty Cuthbertson addresses media
  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's new Crime Stoppers Coordinator hit the ground running Wednesday afternoon. Officer Marty Cuthbertson went door to door on Jennings Street in the Metro Division.  He introduced himself to neighbors and worked to generate leads on an unsolved murder that occurred on October 5th on Jennings Street.

Cuthbertson also met with the media to discuss the case and to announce the CMPD will now offer cash rewards of up to $5,000 through Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest in any unsolved murder case. For more information on Crime Stoppers and how you can help visit their website at http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT
 


 
 
October 19, 2010:


CMPD assigns new Crime Stoppers Coordinator



Officer Marty Cuthbertson
  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is pleased to announce the assignment of our new Crime Stoppers Coordinator. Officer Marty Cuthbertson officially took over the position in September 2010. Cuthbertson brings a wealth of experience to the position.  He’s been an officer with the CMPD for more than twenty five years, assigned to several patrol areas, schools and investigative positions. Cuthbertson will be responsible for working with the community, the media and the Crime Stoppers Board in an effort to generate tips for unsolved crimes.

The CMPD has also announced that it intends to assist Crime Stoppers in increasing the cash rewards paid out on unsolved murder cases.  Beginning immediately, anyone who offers anonymous tips that lead to an arrest through Crime Stoppers on an unsolved murder case will be eligible for up to a $5,000 cash reward.  Traditionally the reward paid on an unsolved murder tip was up to $1,000.

In 2009 Crime Stoppers received more than 1238 anonymous tips. Those tips netted nearly 100 arrests and resulted in $11,760 in reward money that was paid to the public.
 
 

 

 

2010 has been just as successful. Recently Crime Stoppers received a number of anonymous tips from the public that have resulted in solving several cases.  Some of the cases include:
  • A person who recently called the tip line to provide critical information on a suspect who was involved in a May 2010 double murder.  Demone Evans, DOB: 02/16/1985, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Tia Mitchell and Dominique McGriff on Morning Drive. The lead Detective in the case advised that caller’s information was instrumental in making this arrest. That tipster received $1,500 in cash.

  • Recently an anonymous tipster forwarded information to Crime Stoppers that resulted in the arrest of Larry Antwon Perry, DOB: 10/08/1996. Mr. Perry has been charged with the August 21, 2010 murder of Jamal Ibrahim Salih which occurred at 2704 Tuckaseegee Road.  The anonymous tipster will be eligible for a $5,000 reward for the information provided.

  • A tipster provided information to Crime Stoppers regarding suspects who were involved in the August 2010 murder of Oscar Alvarado Chavez at 4945 Central Avenue.  That tip resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Fitzgerald, DOB: 01/15/1992 and Danielle Holmes, DOB: 12/01/1992. Both Fitzgerald and Holmes have been charged with murder. The anonymous tipster will be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

To learn more about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers program and how you could help please visit their website at http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT

 

 

 

October 19, 2010:



RH

October 18, 2010:

Update in Officer involved shooting in the North Division
Homicide Unit Detectives continue to investigate the shooting incident involving Officer Matt Wilson as he responded to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Knife call on Brandie Glen Drive. This is a very unfortunate incident and our thoughts remain with the young man and his family as well as Officer Wilson and his family.  
 
The preliminary investigation has revealed that Officer Wilson was dispatched to an ADW/Knife call and that the suspect was possibly still on scene. When Officer Wilson arrived on scene he located Valinda Streater, the female victim of a stabbing, down the street from the actual location of the stabbing.  After a brief initial interview with Ms. Streeter, Officer Wilson walked toward her home, in order to check on her elderly parents who were still inside the house, and to look for a possible suspect.  As Officer Wilson walked toward her home, his attention was drawn to two subjects, one of which appeared very agitated walking towards him and holding a knife. Unbeknownst to Officer Wilson at the time, this individual was Ms. Streater’s 15 year old son, Jeffery Green. Officer Wilson gave several commands to Mr. Green to drop the knife; he did not drop the knife and continued walking towards Officer Wilson. 
 
Based on statements from Officer Wilson, he feared for his life and fired his service pistol striking Mr. Green who was armed with the knife. Mr. Green immediately ran from the scene and was located a short distance away behind a house. Medic was called for Mr. Green and he was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. During a search of the area, a 12 ½” knife was located in a grassy area immediately adjacent to the scene of the shooting. 
                                                                                                                          
Several witnesses have come forward to give statements as it relates to this incident; however, at this time we have yet to interview Mr. Green. We continue to canvass the neighborhood for additional witnesses and request that anyone who has information to add to this investigation call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective B. Ward is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
 
The officer involved in this incident has been identified as Matthew R. Wilson. He is assigned to the North Division and was hired on January 28, 2008. Officer Wilson has been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure whenever an officer is involved in a shooting. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division will continue to investigate to ensure that all department policies and procedures were followed.
RF
 
 
 
October 18, 2010:

Arrest made in Sexual Assault Cold Case
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit have arrested Roger Dale Honeycutt, DOB: 02/23/1950 for a rape which he committed in 1981.  On February 21, 1981 Honeycutt entered the female victim’s home in the 2500 block of Eastway Drive through the front or sliding glass door in the living room. The victim, who was five months pregnant, had fallen asleep on a sofa in her living room.  Her husband and young daughter were asleep upstairs.  The victim was awakened by a man who had straddled her body, and grabbed her face.  He told her that if she didn’t scream, he wouldn’t hurt her.  The suspect forced the victim to submit to multiple sex acts while asking her if she was pregnant.  She acknowledged that she was five months pregnant.  After the assault, the suspect rifled through the victim’s purse and her husband’s coat before leaving the home.  The victim went to the hospital where a sexual assault kit was performed.  The victim described her attacker as being a W/M, approx. 5’ 8” weighing approx. 120 lbs.
 
The sexual assault kit was examined by the Charlotte Police Department’s Crime Lab in March of 1981.  The lab determined that the kit did contain evidence of the rape.  Without a suspect to compare the evidence to, the case remained open.
 
In March of 2002 Det. T.A. Armstrong, of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Cold Case Unit, reopened the case.  He submitted the DNA evidence to the CMPD Crime Lab for DNA testing. 
 
In June of 2006 the Crime Lab generated a report indicating that the DNA profile had been uploaded into the national CODIS database.
 
On August 31, 2010 a match was obtained from CODIS identifying Honeycutt as the suspect.  He is a registered sex offender who had been arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in 2005.  Honeycutt received a 5 year sentence but was released in 2008.  His registration date in the offender file is November 25, 2008.  Honeycutt was released from a federal prison on November 24, 2008.
 
On August 31, 2010 detectives with the Cold Case Unit, began searching for the victim in this case.  She was located in another state.  Detectives met with the victim and reviewed the case with her.  As a result of this interview, combined with the physical evidence, warrants were obtained for the arrest of Roger Dale Honeycutt. 
 
Mr. Honeycutt was arrested at his home in Kannapolis without incident on Monday, October 18, 2010.  He’s been charged with: 2nd Degree Rape, 2nd Degree Sex Offense, and 1st Degree Burglary.  Mr. Honeycutt is currently in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
 
The CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has investigated 661 cases since its inception in 2006 and has solved 98 cases.  There have been 20 convictions resulting in total sentences of over 800 years.
 
The CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit would like to thank the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Probation and Parole and especially the CMPD Crime Lab-DNA Section for their assistance with this case. 
RF

 

 
  October 16, 2010:

Detectives investigating an officer involved shooting in the North Division
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, at 9:30 p.m., North Division officers responded to an ADW call for service in reference to a female being stabbed in the 4400 block of Brandie Glen Drive. Upon arrival, officers were making their approach to the location of the 911 call when the female victim approached the officers advising that she had been stabbed and feared the suspect was still at her residence. Officers called Medic to assist the female victim that had been stabbed and began to gather information from the female victim as to the location of her residence.
 
As officers began walking down the street towards the location of the initial incident, they were approached by a couple of subjects in the roadway. Officers saw that one of the subjects had a shiny object in his hand and officers began giving verbal commands to the subject to drop the object. As the subject continued to approach in the officer’s direction, the officer discharged his weapon. The subject was struck multiple times and Medic arrived to transport.
 
At this initial stage of the investigation, it appears that the subject that was shot is in stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center. The female victim was transported as well to Carolinas Medical Center by another Medic Unit for treatment of non-life threatening injuries she sustained from being stabbed. The suspect, Bruce Jenkins, B/M, DOB: 12/6/1970, was arrested several blocks away by officers. He will be transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where he will remain in their custody for ADW on the female victim.
 
It has been determined that the subject who was shot by the police officer is the son of the female victim.  He was in no way associated with the earlier assault. It appears that the son was on scene very upset and we are investigating his actions and how those actions were perceived by the officers at the time of the shooting.
 
Detectives with the Homicide Unit will conduct an investigation into the stabbing incident and detectives with Internal Affairs will conduct a separate but parallel investigation into the incident to ensure that all department procedures and policies were followed.
Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to collect physical evidence and photograph the scene.
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective B. Ward is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
RF
 
 
October 15, 2010:

Warrant obtained for murder suspect

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Thomas Lee Davis
 

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit have signed a murder warrant on Thomas Lee Davis, DOB: 03/10/1969.   Mr. Davis is wanted for the 08/12/2010 murder of Linda Christine Wise, which occurred at 1215 Effingham Road.  Anyone with information regarding this suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call our Violent Criminal Apprehension Team Hotline at 704-336-VCAT (8828) or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/

Additionally anyone with information regarding this case may call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to lead Homicide Detective Brian Whitworth.  This is not a media information line. Please forward any media inquiries to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Public Affairs Office at 704-336-2338. RT

 
 

October 15, 2010:

BBB Offers FREE Shredding
Oct. 23, 9 am to 1 pm

3 Locations in Charlotte Area, 3 Bag/Box Limit
Media contact: Janet C. Hart, APR, CFEE (704) 927-8617 office

The Better Business Bureau will once again offer FREE shredding as part of its nationwide 'Secure Your ID Day' on Saturday, October 23, 2010, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at three locations in the Charlotte area. Detectives from the Financial Crimes Unit and Officers from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department will be on hand to assist you and provide you with information on how you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud. We want to thank St. Stephen United Methodist Church, Shred-It and Record Storage Systems for partnering with us to provide this free service to the community.

THREE Locations:

         1. St. Stephen Methodist Church parking lot, located at 6800 Sardis Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28270. 
            Shred- It will have four trucks for on site shredding at this location. This location will also accept   
            cell phones for recycling.
       
 
        2. Shred-It – 3421 Axar Road , Charlotte, N.C. 28208 (704-424-5997) off Mulberry Church Road 
             between Billy Graham Parkway and Westport Road. Computer hard drives can be brought to this   
             location only to be destroyed using a hard drive press.
 

        3.  Record Storage Systems - 14620 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28273. From I-77 take 
            Carowinds Blvd. exit west past Carowinds main entrance, turn left onto Pleasant Road and Record
            Storage Systems is down the private drive on the right.

3 Bag/Box LIMIT - Because of the tremendous response to our free shredding events, we will have a limit of 3 bags or boxes of materials to be shredded per car so that we can accommodate as many people as possible. At our previous shredding events, we have shredded as much as 66,000 pounds of documents in one day.

NEW this year - We will be accepting old cell phones at the Sardis Road site for recycling. Recycling the phones ensures that the toxic materials in the phones don't end up in our landfills and groundwater. We will also be accepting computer hard drives at the Shred-It, Axar Road location only.

Questions? – Call the BBB at (704) 927-8611 or 1-877-317-7236 toll-free in N.C. and S.C. 
Shredding is the easiest way to prevent identity theft – Guidelines on the types of documents to shred.
 
When people think of identity theft, they almost immediately focus on hackers and online security, but the truth is that most identity theft happens when people fail to secure or properly destroy important financial information. It's called 'friendly theft' - and it's perpetrated by people you know - roommates, family members, and friends.

The BBB offers the following guidelines on when to shred specific documents:

Canceled checks -
Canceled checks with no long-term significance for tax or other purposes can be destroyed after one year. However, canceled checks that support tax returns, such as charitable contributions or tax payments, should be held for at least seven years – long enough to cover the six-year tax assessment period. The BBB advises that consumers indefinitely keep any canceled checks and related receipts or documents for a home purchase or sale, renovations or other improvements to owned property, and non-deductible contributions to an Individual Retirement Account.

Deposit, ATM, credit card and debit card receipts - You should save credit, debit, and ATM receipts until the transaction appears on your statement and you have verified that the information is accurate.
Credit card and bank account statements - Credit card and bank account statements with no tax or other long-term significance can be discarded after a year.  You should keep remaining statements for up to seven years. If you get a detailed annual statement, you should keep it and shred the corresponding monthly statements.

Credit card contracts and other loan agreements - Credit card contracts and loan agreements should be kept for as long as the account is active in case you have a dispute with your lender over the terms of the contract.

Documentation of a purchase or sale of stocks, bonds and other investments - You should retain documentation of a purchase or sale for as long as you own the investment and then seven years beyond that time. Monthly retirement and monthly investment account statements can be shredded annually after being reconciled with the year-end statement.
 
Paycheck Stubs -
Paycheck stubs can be shredded yearly after the income has been reconciled with a W-2 or other tax forms.

Utility or monthly bills - Monthly bills should be shredded the year after you receive them.

Shred-it Checklist - Don’t just toss it, shred it!
• Documents that include Social Security numbers, birthdates, PIN numbers or passwords
• Banking documents and other financial information
• Leases, contracts or letters that include signatures
• Pre-approved credit card applications
• Medical or dental bills
• Travel itineraries
• Used airline tickets
• Old cell phones that still contain personal information

For more advice you can trust on ID theft prevention and for guidance on what to do if your identity is stolen, please visit The Better Business Bureau online at www.bbb.org or call 1-877-317-7236 toll-free in N.C. and S.C.
RH 
 




October 14, 2010:

Detectives investigating an officer involved shooting in the Westover Division
On Thursday, October 14, 2010, at 11:13 p.m., a Westover Division officer responded to the disturbance call at 115 Hollyday Court in reference to a male subject outside his house cursing and honking his car horn.  The 911 caller further stated that the male subject was armed with a handgun.  Upon arrival, the officer encountered a lone subject on the lawn.  The officer shined a light on the subject in order to illuminate the area.  The officer saw that the subject was armed with a handgun and ordered the subject to drop the weapon.  The subject then raised the handgun and fired multiple shots at the officer.  Fearing for his life, the officer immediately fired several rounds from his service pistol.  The officer was not injured during the exchange of fire.  After the exchange of gunfire, the suspect retreated back inside his residence creating a barricaded gunman situation.  It was initially unknown as to whether any of the officers rounds struck the suspect.  A barricaded situation was declared which called for a response from the SWAT Team.
 
After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the suspect were made,  SWAT personnel entered the residence, located the suspect and pronounced him deceased at approximately 1:50 a.m., on Friday, October 15, 2010.   No other subjects were found to be inside the residence.  At this initial stage of the investigation, it appears that the suspect sustained a gunshot wound to his lower body.  Homicide Unit Detectives are processing the crime scene.  An autopsy will be conducted by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office, who will determine the cause of death. 
 
Detectives with the Homicide Unit will conduct an investigation into the incident.  Detectives with Internal Affairs will conduct a separate but parallel investigation into the incident to ensure that all department procedures and policies were followed.  The deceased suspect is a middle-aged white male who has yet to be positively identified.  Once positive identification and notification of his next of kin has been made, his name will be released.
 
Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to collect physical evidence and photograph the scene. 
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Abbott is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
RF


October 14, 2010:

CMPD meets with International Community

 
Major Diego Anselmo addresses the community
  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department introduced the public in our international community to the personnel who serve in our Freedom, North and Metro Divisions. 

This forum gave both the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the community an opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns that affect the quality of life within our community.  Several specific issues were discussed Wednesday night and the event was considered a tremendous success.

This was the fourth scheduled forum with international community that the CMPD has participated in so far this year. RT
 

 

October 13, 2010:

Three car-breaking suspects arrested in University City Division

At 11:41 a.m., on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, officers in the University City Division were dispatched to a call for service in reference to a Larceny from Auto in progress in the parking lot of 8929 JM Keynes Drive.  The suspect vehicle description came through as a Dodge Charger.  Officers throughout the department have been looking for a blue Dodge Charger which was stolen on October 11, 2010, and subsequently suspected to have been used in multiple LFA cases throughout Mecklenburg County.  Officers responded quickly to the area along with the Helicopter Unit which was overhead in the area.  Three suspects were inside the Dodge Charger when it wrecked head-on into a vehicle as it tried to flee down a one way stretch of JW Clay.  The driver of the Charger side-swiped a CMPD patrol car, causing minimal damage to the patrol car and no injuries to the officer.  One suspect was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries which he sustained in the head-on crash.  At this stage of the investigation, it is imperative that we do not compromise the investigations into the LFA cases by releasing the suspect’s names or photos.  Once detectives have had a chance to interview the suspects and proceed with their investigations, the names of those arrested today and their charges will be released.  Items which fit the descriptions of property stolen in earlier LFA cases were found inside the Charger.
 
Below you will find the complaint numbers and the locations for the multiple incidents involving a blue Dodge Charger; LFA stands for Larceny from Auto.
20101012222404-LFA (2820 Boyer Street / Freedom Division)
20101012121601-LFA (500 Tyvola Road / Steele Creek Division)
20101012181704-Hit & Run (1000 North Caldwell Street / Eastway Division)
20101012121900-LFA (9430 South Boulevard / Steele Creek Division)
20101011121300-Stolen Vehicle (900 Westinghouse Boulevard / Steele Creek Division)
RF


October 13, 2010:

CMPD Meets with LGBT Community


    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe answered questions from about 50 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at a forum Tuesday night.  

Organized by several community members, including Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) steering committee member Roberta Dunn, the forum allowed community members to learn about recent developments with CMPD, ask questions and provide feedback. 
RT
 

 
October 12, 2010:

The Thin Blue Line 5K Run
Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 9am
the 2nd Annual Thin Blue Line Run will take place at the Police and Fire Training Academy.  All levels of runners, walkers, and even crawlers are welcome to take part in the 5K or 1 mile fun run.  Join us for the opportunity to sweat it out on the same proving grounds where some of the best cops in the world are built, year in and year out.  For those that are wanting to participate or just to find out more information, visit www.thinbluelinerun.org





Officer of the Month

 
Officer John Gorrod
  Officer John Gorrod has been awarded Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's "Officer of the Month."  Over a six month period Officer Gorrod has recorded more than 150 officer initiated calls for service, made 14 arrests and took 8 guns off the street per month. 

His willingness to engage and help newer officers has earned him the title of "Team Player."  Please thank Officer John Gorrod for his commitment and dedication to the community in our Metro Division. 
RT
 



 
October 11, 2010:

CMPD Participates in Ballantyne Candidates Forum and Chili Cook Off


 
 

The Ballantyne Breakfast Club hosted the Second Annual Ballantyne Area Candidates Forum & Chili Cook Off on Saturday, October 9 in Ballantyne Corporate Park.

The event provided this year's political candidates the opportunity to address the public in a casual setting. 
 
The Ballantyne Breakfast Club encouraged the public to come out and meet local and congressional candidates running for office in the November 2 general election. The event also featured a chili cook off with 15 to 20 community  
 

groups and restaurants serving free chili samples. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and Charlotte Fire Department all participated. 
 
The Ballantyne Breakfast Club was formed in 2001 by Ray Eschert with the goal to provide Ballantyne area residents, business leaders, developers, elected officials and service providers an open forum for the exchange of information.  For more information on the Ballantyne Breakfast Club, please visit their website at www.ballantynebreakfastclub.com.  RT



 
October 11, 2010:

Central Division Officers Arrest Robbery Suspect

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 Mario Collins
  Just before 4:00 a.m. on October 10, 2010 Central Division Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of N. Tryon Street where two victims stated they were robbed at gunpoint. The victims stated the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money. 

The victims complied and later called 911 to report the incident and give a detailed description of the suspect.  A short time later, officers with the Central Divisions Focus Mission Team located a man matching the description of the robbery suspect at the corner of College and E. 11th Streets. 

The two victims’ later identified Mario Collins, DOB: 10/15/1971 as the man who robbed them earlier.  Officers searched Collins and recovered a BB gun which resembled a Glock automatic pistol and drug paraphernalia.

Collins was arrested and charged with two counts of Common Law Robbery and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
RT

 

 

 

 

 

 
October 8, 2010:

Three charged in West Blvd Robbery

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    Arrested Person Image     Arrested Person Image   
    Chase Cusar                Cumar Howard           Diavion Washington

On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 10:36 p.m. officers with the Westover Division were called to a robbery at 1701 West Boulevard.  The victim reported that he was robbed by three black males at gun point and that the suspects then fled in a vehicle.  The victim reported he met with the suspects at a different location and drove with them to this location.  This was not a random event, the victim and suspects have loose affiliations with each other. It was determined that no shots were fired during this robbery. A short time later officers and ADW Detectives were called to Carolina Medical Center for a subject suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.  At the time Robbery Detectives were conducting a parallel investigation into the robbery at 1700 West Boulevard.

An investigation determined that the individual suffering from the gunshot wound and the two others who dropped him off were involved in the earlier robbery at 1700 West Boulevard.  Through a joint investigation by ADW and Robbery Detectives suspect identities were developed in the robbery case. 

Arrest warrants were obtained by Robbery Detectives for Chase Cousar, DOB: 01/18/1986 for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Mr. Cousar is currently in critical condition at Carolina Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound to his head.  A separate investigation is being conducted by ADW Detectives concerning Mr. Cousar gunshot wound. Arrest warrants were also obtained for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Conspiracy to commit robbery for: Diavion Nquay Washington, DOB: 9/23/1986 and Cumar Craig Howard, DOB: 11/27/1986.  In addition, Howard is wanted for unrelated felony B&E charges and Washington is wanted on an unrelated probation violation for robbery. 

Through the diligent work of our Violent Criminal Apprehension Team, both Howard and Washington have been arrested and are currently in the Mecklenburg County Jail.  Mr. Cousar will be transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail once he is released from the hospital.   Anyone with additional information involving this case may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT


 

 

October 7, 2010:

Alert neighbor helps officers nab four B&E suspects

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  Xavier Hoover            Gerald Beckham        Vanessa Barringer      Erric Hawkins

On October 4, 2010, Freedom Division Officers arrested Xavier Tariono Hoover, DOB: 12/16/1989, Gerald Antonio Beckham, DOB: 02//11/1990, Vanessa Evette Barringer, DOB:  01/07/1991 and Ericc Thomas Dawkins, DOB: 07/24/1991 for kicking in the back door and breaking into a home in the 3700 block of Bullard Street while the resident was at work.  A neighbor called 911 to report a possible break in at the address after the neighbor witnessed the suspects placing items in the trunk of their vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the unoccupied home.

Freedom Division officers located the vehicle a short time later on Ashley Road and Alleghany Street.  The officers conducted a car stop and detained the suspects. Property from the home that was broken into was recovered from the vehicle including a flat screen television.  All four suspects were taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail and face several charges including; Felony Breaking and Entering with Force. 

These arrests illustrate the importance of the community working closely with the Police and how critical it is for neighbors to call 911 when they hear or see something unusual or suspicious.  Anyone with additional information involving this case may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT


 

Transit Unit taking part in Operation Life Saver

The CMPD Transit Unit is taking part in Operation Life Saver this morning, along with representatives of the Charlotte Area Transit System.  The goal of the operation is to increase awareness and safety at grade crossings along the light rail.  The operation will take place from 10 a.m. until noon.  For additional information on CATS, please visit their website at:
http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/cats/Pages/default.aspx
RF

 
 

October 6, 2010

Detectives investigating case of found human remains
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit Detectives are conducting an investigation into a case of found human remains which were located in a concrete paved drainage ditch behind 299 Wadsworth Place in the Metro Division.  Notification came in at 10:01 a.m., on Wednesday, October 06, 2010.   
 
Metro Division officers responded to a call for service in reference to a human skull found by an employee of Blythe Development, a contractor working for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Storm Water Services.  The crew was working to clear an overgrown drainage tributary which runs to Little Sugar Creek.  The contract employee was clearing the drainage ditch with a Bobcat under the supervision of a drainage specialist with Storm Water Services when a human skull was found.  The workers stopped clearing the ditch immediately, shut down the machinery and called 911 to report the find.  Metro Division officers taped off the scene and notified the Homicide Unit.  At this initial stage of the investigation, a more detailed search of the area has not yet taken place; however, the Civil Emergency Unit has been mobilized to assist in a search of the area.  Homicide Unit Detectives will work closely with the Missing Person Unit to determine whether or not the remains found today may be related to any open missing persons case.   The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner responded to the scene and has made the preliminary determination that the skull is most likely that of an adult African-American male.  There does not appear to be any trauma to the skull. .  The ME office will determine the cause of death and whether or not foul play is suspected. 
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Brandon is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  RF



 

CMPD Reviews Quarterly Crime Statistics



Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief Kerr Putney reviewed the third quarter crime statistics for 2010 at a press briefing Wednesday.  Through the end of September, the preliminary total for Index Offenses was -12.9% lower than this time last year.  Property crime decreased by -12.8% while violent crime decreased by -13.2%. 

Captain Bruce Bellamy with the Metro Division also discussed some of the operations and enforcement his Metro Division officers have employed in the neighborhoods that surround the N. Tryon Street corridor.
Dozens of community members from that corridor were also on hand to talk about some of the recent success the community has had in making this a safer area through their partnerships with CMPD.

To view the entire crime statistic report please click on the link http://charmeck.org/CITY/CHARLOTTE/CMPD/SAFETY/CRIMESTAT/Pages/default.aspx

You can also view the press conference in it's entirety by clicking on the link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSm0aY9b3vQ
RT

 
 
 
October 5, 2010

Freedom Division Officers Capture Three Armed Suspects

The evening of October 4, 2010,  three suspects forced their way into a residence at gunpoint. Several items were taken in the commission of the crime, along with the victim's vehicle. The vehicle was recovered a short time later. The three suspects that were taken into custody: James Hinson, W/M, DOB: 08/07/1990, Gregory Sesing, W/M, DOB: 11/07/1982, and William Nance, W/M, DOB: 02/20/1986. All three were charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. RH

               

     James Hinson                      Gregory Blake                  William Nance


 
 
October 4, 2010:

Make-A-Wish(r) Raffle Ride Update
South Division Officer Barry Williams would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to everyone that was involved in the Raffle Ride on October 2nd.  There were over 80 participants in the ride and over $3,000, was raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!  Your contributions will make a difference in a child’s life and your support is greatly appreciated! RF





Armed Robber caught on Tyvola Road

On the evening of October 4, 2010, an armed suspect entered the Family Dollar demanding money from the register. Fortunately, there were no customers in the store. The surveillance camera and the quick thinking of the employees, CMPD officers were able to get a description out and set up a perimeter. K9 and the Aviation Units were called to assist. The suspect, Franklin Johnson, B/M, DOB:03/16/1993 was arrested a short time later near the light rail tracks. Mr. Johnson was arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. RH


Franklin Johnson





Officer of the Month

Providence Division Officer Cary Suggs

Providence Division Crime Scene Officer Cary Suggs takes the importance of his role with the CMPD to a higher level. Recently Officer Suggs processed several Breaking and Entering cases involving motor vehicles and obtained fingerprints which led to the arrests of two prolific thieves. 

Suggs treats every crime scene he works with diligence and it shows. It's not uncommon for officers to specifically request him to difficult crime scenes. 

If you see Officer Suggs working in the Providence Division, Please thank him for is commitment.  He's truly one of CMPD's Finest. RT





Providence Division Officers catch burglary suspect in the act


John Paul Mize

On October 1, 2010, Providence Division Officers were dispatched to a call of a Breaking and Entering in progress at an apartment complex in the 3600 block of Eastover Ridge Drive.  A neighbor called 911 to report she heard glass breaking at one of the units.  When officers arrived they observed a broken bedroom window at the rear of one of the apartment units. 

The officers attempted to locate the resident when they observed John Paul Mize inside of the apartment. Mr. Mize was attempting to remove property from the apartment he broke into.  Mr. Mize was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering with Force and taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail. 

The arrest speaks volumes about how important it is for the community to call 911 when they see or hear something unusual. Anyone with additional information regarding this case may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/  RT
 
 



CMPD Domestic Violence Conference and Information Session
Each year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg 911 receives over 35,000 domestic violence related calls.  In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Domestic Violence Unit of the Special Victims Division will be hosting a Domestic Violence Conference to assist officers in successfully prosecuting Domestic Violence cases.
If you would like to attend this Hot Topic conference please view the attached flyer. Hope to see you there.





CMPD Participates in East Charlotte Festival






On Saturday, October 2, 2010, the East Charlotte Partnership Initiative (ECPI) hosted a community fall festival for eastside residents who live in the Eastway, Hickory Grove and Independence Divisions.   The primary purposes of the festival were to demonstrate the unity, partnership, and commitment of East Charlotte Churches to the eastside and highlight ECPI’s partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.   
 
The festival offered free food, packaged grocery giveaways for families, games, inflatable’s, music, speakers, comments from CMPD Deputy Chief Kerr Putney and other community leaders.

For more information on the East Charlotte Partnership Initiative please go to their website at

http://www.ecpinitiative.org/ RT


 


 
October 1, 2010:

CMPD and the NC Department of Correction targets Priority Offenders



Rodney Monroe and Secretary Alvin Keller with the North Carolina Department of Correction signed an agreement that would have the two agencies working together to target Priority offenders in our community.   CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe announced a new partnership Thursday afternoon with the North Carolina Department of Correction, Division of Community Corrections that will allow the city to keep monitoring repeat offenders even after they are released from jail.
Currently, the ankle bracelets come off upon conviction. But in a pilot program for the state, 15 repeat offenders will now have the bracelets slapped right back on as soon as they are released from jail, so CMPD officers can continue to monitor them throughout their probation.
If the program is deemed a success, Monroe has 500 repeat offenders he'd like monitored after conviction.
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Groundbreaking at the future site of CMPD's Providence Division

   
 
Charlotte City officials and community leaders joined members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at the corner of Wendover Road and Ellington Street Friday morning.  They broke ground at the site of the new Providence Police Division.  Construction of the project will begin immediately and should be completed by the fall of 2011. The project falls in line with CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe's desire to relocate Police Divisions in neighborhoods that they serve, making them more visible and accessible to the community.
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CMPD seeks donations for Domestic Violence victims

Each year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg 911 receives more than 35,000 domestic violence related calls. Our county is very fortunate to have numerous resources to assist victims of this potentially deadly crime. 
 
In support of October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Domestic Violence Unit of the Special Victims Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will be collecting items for the women and children who are staying at the Shelter for Battered Women during the month of October.  We are seeking items such as lotions, powders, toothbrushes and toothpastes, hair brushes, fingernail clippers, note pads, pens, individually wrapped hard candy, 2011 small calendars, puzzle books, and hand sanitizers.  The items will be placed in baskets and given to shelter residents.
 
We are asking anyone interested to donate these items before Monday, October 18, 2010.
 
If you have any questions or would like to donate please email DV Liaison Melissa Bowlin (
mbowlin@cmpd.org) or Detective Teresa Huey (thuey@cmpd.org). RT