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Archived News and Media Releases for September 2010

September 30, 2010:

Make-A-Wish(r) Raffle Ride
Come out and support South Division Officer Barry Williams on Saturday, October 2, 2010, as he participates in a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Registration for the six-stop motorcycle ride will take place starting at 11:00 a.m.  There will be BBQ plus chances to win raffle prizes.  The event will start off at 9205 East Independence Boulevard in Matthews, NC, at the Harley Davidson behind IHOP.  It will conclude at McKoy’s Smokehouse at 4:00 p.m.  McKoy’s is located at 4630 Old Pineville Road.

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September 29, 2010:

Five new volunteers join the ranks of the CMPD's Homicide Support Group

These specially trained volunteers are survivors of homicide victims and will work directly with families who have lost loved ones to homicide.  After more than 15 hours of extensive training these five volunteers are ready to help serve the community through CMPD's Homicide Support Group.

The Homicide Support Group was organized in 2009 by Police Chief Rodney Monroe and Sgt. Ricky Robbins of the Homicide Unit. The department partnered with homicide survivors, United Family Services and other agencies to provide a safe and understanding environment where experiences can be shared, information can be exchanged and support can be provided.

Survivors help each other feel less isolated by connecting with others who've suffered a similar tragedy. They help each other gain an understanding of loss and grief; and they help promote changes in the criminal justice system that will lessen the burden on survivors of homicide victims.

The CMPD Homicide Support Group is designed to accommodate a wide range of potential members and is open to the public. In an effort to meet the needs of all potential group members' participants can attend meetings when convenient. Our objective is to provide a non-judgmental and safe environment where family members affected by homicide can support and encourage one another by sharing their challenges, experiences, and grief journey.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Homicide Support Services Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Headquarters, 601 E. Trade Street. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all.

Contact Information
For more information about the Homicide Support Group or other Homicide Division Initiatives, please contact: Sgt. Ricky Robbins at 704-336-6679 [] or Homicide Support Specialist Yvonne Moore at 704-336-2364 ( RT

September 27, 2010

Two suspects apprehended in Circle K Robbery

Officers in the University City Division have arrested and charged two suspects in a robbery that took place at the Circle K, located at 7301 The Plaza.  The two suspects entered the business with their faces covered and walked to the back of the business where the fountain drinks were located. The clerk called 911 immediately after observing suspicious behavior and then noticed they were stealing. 

Upon officers arrival, the two suspects were seen by the first officer on scene. Officers then asked to see the suspects hands and they were patted down per CMPD protocol. Subsequently, a small butane lighter that looked like a small handgun was recovered from one of the suspects, while the other suspect had a BB gun in his possession.

Robbery Detectives interviewed the suspects and they were both transported to Intake, where they will remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

Devontae Springs                             Juavonne Buckle

Arrests made in Wendy's robbery on Charlottetowne Avenue

Kwame Hakeem Crawford                                                             Dion Lamar Williams

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has arrested Kwame Hakeem Crawford, DOB: 03/19/1991, Dion Lamar Williams, DOB: 02/11/1991 and Salaam Fuquan Felton, DOB: 03/27/1989 for a Robbery (20100927022803) they committed at the Wendy’s located at 715 Charlottetowne Avenue.  On September 27, 2010, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Central Division officers were dispatched to the restaurant for a robbery in progress call for service.  Employees of the restaurant stated they were closing for the night and were approached outside the restaurant by several masked suspects who forced them back inside the restaurant, robbed them and pistol whipped one of the victims.
Central Division officers observed the suspects vehicle a short time after the robbery and pursued the vehicle a short distance with their lights and sirens activated.  The suspects stopped the vehicle at West 7th Street and North Poplar Street and fled the scene on foot.  Mr. Crawford and Williams were apprehended a short time later and taken into custody.  Officers also recovered the property of one of the victims along with a gun and ski mask believed to be used in the robbery near the area where Crawford and Williams were apprehended.  Felton turned himself in at headquarters earlier this morning.   All three suspects have been charged with Attempted Robbery of a Business, Two counts of Robbery of Person, One count of Conspiracy and One count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon to Inflict Serious Injury.
Anyone with information regarding this case can call lead Robbery P.J. Wilson at 704-336-7701.  Additionally the public can call anonymous tips into the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600.  RT

Two additional arrests in the murder of Mr. Leon-Martinez

Two additional suspects have been arrested and charged with the murder of Mr. Leon-Martinez. Recsmey Bruce Pich, DOB: 02/21/1993 and Jackson Dieu, DOB: 06/27/1994. Both were transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, where they will remain in their custody.

September 26, 2010

Four arrests made in early morning murder

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit Detectives are conducting a homicide investigation at 1601 Eastcrest Drive in the Eastway Division. The incident was reported at 4:13 a.m., on Sunday, September 26, 2010. The victim has been positively identified as Alenjandro Leon-Martinez, DOB: 04/22/1976.
Eastway Division officers responded to a call for service in reference to a male subject who had been shot in the parking lot of Mount Crest Apartments. An Eastway Division officer in close proximity to the shooting actually heard at least one gunshot while pulling into the parking lot and saw a white SUV leaving the lot. A pursuit involving Eastway Division officers ensued onto Briarcreek Road and Commonwealth Drive which terminated when the SUV wrecked at the dead end of Commonwealth Drive.  Multiple subjects fled the SUV subsequent to the wreck. Two subjects were taken into custody at the scene of the wreck; one additional subject who fled on foot was detained a short distance away. The K-9 Unit assisted in the search for a fourth subject who fled the SUV; he has not yet been located. When officers arrived at the shooting, they located Mr. Leon-Martinez lying in the parking lot suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  Medic arrived and pronounced Mr. Leon-Martinez deceased on scene at 4:22 a.m. Witnesses to the shooting have been taken to police headquarters to speak with detectives. The subjects inside the SUV will also be taken to headquarters to speak with detectives. 
Officers with the Civil Emergency Unit, personnel with the Charlotte Fire Department and detectives with the Homicide Unit retraced the path that the SUV fled the crime scene from and located a total of three firearms which were in the possession of the suspects at the time of the murder. The weapons were thrown from the SUV during the pursuit by Eastway Division Patrol Officers. The timely response and outstanding effort put in by Eastway Division Patrol Officers made it possible for a quick resolution to be brought with the arrest of the four suspects involved. The first responding officer’s observations at the scene and subsequent actions during the pursuit proved to be invaluable during this investigation.  
Homicide Unit Detectives have charged the following four suspects with the murder of Mr. Leon-Martinez:
Kevin Hernandez, DOB: 11/02/1993
Joel Munos, DOB: 07/03/1993
Cruz Diaz-Pena, DOB: 05/03/1991
Yaair E. Uresti, DOB: 08/30/1993


September 25, 2010

Operation Medicine Drop
Vice & Narcotics / Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit
On September 25, 2010, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department conducted their fifth “Operation Medicine Drop”, a turn in prescription drug program at five different sites in Mecklenburg County. This was a joint operation with the State Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Carolinas Medical Center, Harris Teeter and Compare Foods. This event is in conjunction with a national prescription drug drop event sponsored by DEA. The five sites collected unwanted/expired prescription medications turned in by citizens.  The total amount of pharmaceutical drugs collected was 85,193 dosage units, weighing a total of 208 lbs. All of the medications were turned into CMPD Property Control  for immediate proper disposal. For additional information, please visit the DEA website at You are leaving the site..

September 23, 2010:

Detectives seek assistance in the murder of Waylon Clay Williams

Homicide detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are looking for additional information in the murder of Waylon Clay Williams.  Mr. Williams was shot and killed Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at the intersection of Rozzelles Ferry Road and Green Street. 

Anyone who was in the area of that intersection that morning between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. and may have witnessed or heard something suspicious is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 
All information provided to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous. Additionally your tip may earn you a reward of up to $1,000. Anyone with information may also call to speak to lead Homicide Detective McFadden at 704-432-TIPS.

Waylon Clay Williams

Assistance requested in the murder of Tiffany Wright and Aaliyah Wright
On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, CMPD Homicide Unit detective Blair Fitch and the family of Tiffany and Aaliyah Wright held a press conference at the site of their murder, which occurred on September 14, 2009. Detective Fitch would ask that anyone who may have any knowledge of the events surrounding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. If you were anywhere near the scene of the crime, the 6700 block of Mallard Creek Road, on September 14, 2009, and heard or saw anything that you think may be related to the crime, please call regardless of how insignificant you think your information may be. For additional, please click on this link:

September 21, 2010:

Preliminary Autopsy Results Released in Valerie Hamilton Case
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has received preliminary results from the Medical Examiners Office concerning the death of Valerie Hamilton. The preliminary results do not indicate any sign of traditional physical trauma to Ms. Hamilton’s body, i.e. gunshot wounds, stab wounds, strangulation, bludgeoning. Detectives are still awaiting results from the M.E. regarding toxicology and the results of the sexual assault examination kit.
The Homicide Unit immediately began conducting this investigation. The victim left the Thomas Street Tavern with a male that we believe to be the suspect. Video does not exist at that location as was previously reported by several media outlets. It is believed that Ms. Hamilton left with the suspect voluntarily.

Homicide Detectives interviewed many witnesses that observed Ms. Hamilton in the presence of the suspect. Homicide Detectives found evidence of drug usage. Witnesses indicate although alive, she appeared to need immediate medical attention. The suspect did not seek professional medical attention for Ms. Hamilton after being prompted by several independent witnesses to do so.
Detectives believe the suspect moved Ms. Hamilton in an effort to conceal her death and made great efforts to clean up any potential crime scenes before he disposed of her body. 

Homicide Detectives continue to aggressively investigate this case to ensure that appropriate charges are filed. 

September 20, 2010

Vehicle Recovery
The stolen White Chevy Blazer has been recovered in Niagara Falls, New York.

Arrest made in Valerie Hamilton case
The FBI and U.S. Marshal Service arrested Michael Neal Harvey this morning in Niagara Falls, New York without incident for the murder of Ms. Valerie Hamilton. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department would like to thank the media and all law enforcement partners including the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, Secret Service, DEA, SBI, the Gastonia Police Department, and ICE for their assistance. 

Detectives are still searching for the 1996 White Chevy Blazer involved with the case. If anyone has seen or know the whereabouts of this vehicle, please call 911 immediately, VCAT at 704-336-VCAT or CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600.

Michael Neal Harvey                                          1996 White Chevy Blazer 

September 18, 2010

Arrest made at Northlake Mall 

    Romualdo Pena Medina was arrested on September 18, 2010 at Northlake Mall for secretly peeping, which is a misdemeanor. An employee reported that the suspect secretly peeped into the bathroom stall that she was in. Off duty CMPD officers along with mall security were able to get the description out to all officers and security personnel and the suspect was detained a short time later by CMPD in another part of the mall.  


September 16, 2010:

CMPD Awards Latino Journalists


Members with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department took time out to say thanks to our partners in the Latino media. Representatives from Norsan Multimedia, Formula 1310AM and Latina 102.3FM were recognized for their continued support of the CMPD. The radio stations work with police to share current crime trends, crime prevention tips and other news of importance to the public over their airwaves.

Also recognized was Migente newspaper reporter Patricia Ortiz for her outstanding commitment to the public. These partnerships allow CMPD to better serve the Latino community.
September 14, 2010:

CMPD Welcomes Foreign Delegation

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department welcomed fourteen Judicial Law Professionals from North Africa and the Near East to the Queen City. The delegation is part of the International Leadership Program facilitated through the U.S. State Department. They're in America to learn about Judicial Law and Good Governance. 
The group toured the Police Training Academy and was given a presentation on the diversity and tolerance training our police recruits receive at the Training Academy.
Assistance Requested in Identification of Armed Robber
Please review the attached photos of the suspect in the armed robbery/kidnapping which took place at 1704 Central Avenue, on Sunday, September 12, 2010. The female victim was robbed of her vehicle, a black 1998 Jeep Cherokee, NC tag YRY-7138. The vehicle has not yet been recovered.  Please have viewers call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or contact 911 immediately if they know either the name or location of the below pictured suspect or if they have seen the victim’s vehicle. The suspect is described as a black male, about 5’10” tall, with a thin build. 
At about 8 p.m., on September 20th, the suspect broke into the victim’s vehicle and waited for her to return from shopping.  Once the victim entered her vehicle and began to drive away, the suspect placed a handgun to her head and demanded money. The victim then drove the suspect to an ATM where she was forced to withdraw cash from her account. After driving away from the ATM on The Plaza, the suspect released the victim and he drove off in her car. The victim was able to run to a nearby house and call 911. 

September 13, 2010:

CMPD Outpaces Nation in Crime Reduction

On Monday, September 13, 2010, the FBI released their final crime statistics report for 2009. In 2009, there were 17,985 city, county, university and college, state, tribal and federal agencies that participated in the UCR Program. These agencies represented 96.3 percent of the nation’s population.   

The 2009 FBI statistics show that the estimated total volumes of violent and property crimes declined 5.3 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively, when compared with the 2008 estimates. The CMPD’s results for violent and property crimes declined 20.5 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, when compared with our 2008 statistics.

The comparison for the other violent and property crimes is outlined in the table below. With the exception of rape, the CMPD, had greater decreases in crime in 2009 than the national statistics.

 FBI 2009 Crime Statistics and CMPD Crime Statistics

 Crime Category  FBI National Statistics             CMPD Statistics
 Overall Violent  -5.3  -20.5
 Overall Property  -4.6  -18.2
 Homicide  -7.3  -32.5
 Rape  -2.6  +12.4
 Robbery  -8.0  -21.4
 Aggravated Assault        -4.2  -21.8
 Burglary  -1.3  -18.5
 Larceny  -4.0  -14.7
 Auto Theft  -17.1  -36.6 

* Source: FBI Crime Statistics

CMPD Recognizes Coca-Cola for their Support

On Monday, September 13, 2010, Police Chief Rodney Monroe personally thanked representatives from Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Bottling for their continued support of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. 

For the past two years Coca-Cola has sponsored the CMPD's Crime Reduction Awards with the Charlotte Bobcats.  Coca-Cola has also gone above and beyond with their continued support of our Police Activities League and sponsored the CMPD's Trading Card Program. 

Partnerships like this one truly make a difference in the job we do.  
September 10, 2010:

Providence Division make an arrest in a Breaking and Entering case

Andrey Gurlov, W/M, DOB: 06/30/1982 was identified as the suspect in the case off of Ardsley Road. This incident took place on August 19, 2010. Robbery Detectives signed warrants for his arrest for Felony Breaking and Entering, 1st Degree Kidnapping, and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.
Earlier this morning, VCAT was able to locate and apprehend Mr. Gurlov for the listed charges. He was transported to the Law Enforcement Center to be interviewed before being transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office where he will remain in their custody, with a $100,000 secured bond.

 Andrey Gurlov
September 8, 2010:

SouthPark Mall Jewel Thief:

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect pictured in this surveillance photo. On Thursday, September 2, 2010, the suspect stole a $30,000 Rolex wrist watch from a jewelry store in the South Park Mall.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call South Division Detective S.T. Houser at 704.336.2654 or Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.

September 7, 2010:

On September 7, 2010 the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) apprehended Charles Curtis Talley, B/M, DOB: 05/30/1987 and Otis Tyrone Sutton, B/M, DOB: 05/17/1990 for the assault on three victims. One victim was shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The incident occurred in the area of the 3700 block of Cascade Circle. A short altercation ensued and Victim 1 was shot as he was running away. He was able to run to the 500 block of Billingsley Road to seek assistance. He was transported to CMC for treatment. The other two victims sustained no serious injuries.
Mr. Talley has been charged with 3 counts of Simple Assault and Mr. Sutton has been charged with ADWIKISI, Firearm by Felon, and 2 counts of Simple Assault.
These two individuals are in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. 

Charles Talley 


Otis Sutton

  September 3, 2010:

Between 8/31/2010 and 9/3/2010, a series of robberies occurred at or near Southpark Mall where females were victimized by 2 female suspects who tried to take the victims’ purses. All the robberies involved a small, red SUV. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Armed Robbery Detectives quickly initiated an investigation after the first robbery was reported. Information and leads were developed which provided direction for the investigation. In the late hours of Friday, September 3, 2010, detectives located the suspect vehicle and arrested the two suspects in these robberies.
Arrested are:

LaPorcha Mason
B/F, DOB: 5/21/90  


Lauren Perry
B/F, DOB: 7/6/90

The vehicle involved is a red, 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor.
Both suspects were charged with 2 counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, 2 counts of Common Law Robbery and 4 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Ms. Mason is currently in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $95,000 bond. Ms. Perry is currently in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $140,000 bond.
The related incidents are:
Charlotte area law enforcement agencies are currently participating in a crack down on impaired drivers as part of the statewide “Booze It and Lose It” campaign. The campaign started August 20, 2010 through September 6, 2010. As part of their efforts, several agencies will be conducting a multi-agency checkpoint in Charlotte on September 2, 2010, at E. 5th St and Caldwell St; a second location will be set at E. 7th St near McDowell St. The following agencies are scheduled to participate: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, N.C. State Highway Patrol, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Mint Hill Police Department, Cornelius Police Department, UNCC Police Department and Mecklenburg County ABC. 

Citations were issued for the following:
DWI   15
DWLR (Suspended) 14
No Operator’s license 19
Drug Charges    2
Open Container   2
Possess of Alcohol under age   1
Seat Belt   2
Other charges (tags, inspections, etc…)  33
Total Charges 88

Arrests made:
14 for DWI
1 for DWI and DWLR
1 for Marijuana
1 for DWLR
1 for DWLR and open container  
  September 1, 2010:

Gang Enforcement Unit and Eastway Division Officers make an arrest
On September 1, 2010, a male victim was assaulted by Gehovani Montes, H/M, DOB: 12/28/1990, in reference to gang rivalry. The victim was struck with a handgun and a firearm was discharged in the direction of the victim. The suspect fled in a Chevrolet Silverado truck.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that Montes was a documented gang member and had outstanding warrants for 2 counts of ADW and 1count of Firearm by Felon. The CMPD Gang Enforcement Unit was advised of the situation and began following up on all leads until they were exhausted.
On Friday, September 2, 2010 at 10:38 p.m., Mr. Montes was apprehended by the Gang Enforcement Unit, along with the assistance of the Eastway Division officers. Mr. Montes was charged with 2 counts of ADW, 3 counts of Firearm by Felon, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana (Schedule VI), 1 count of Possession of Cocaine (Schedule II), I count of drug paraphernalia, and 1 count of Possession of a Stolen Firearm.