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Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit - Success Stories
  CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit gets Boost through Grant
  • The Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is funded through a federal grant.  Previously, they had a grant that helped them clear 120 cases.  Of these 120 cases, there were 27 convictions and 41 arrests.   The new grant issued to the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit is for about $500,000.  This money is used by the Department to staff five positions, including a DNA analyst and prosecutor.  The money will help with approximately 2,000 cases similar to the cases of Daven Teeter.  He is believed to be a serial rapist and “‘very predatory in nature’”, according to Capt. Mike Smathers who is with the sexual assault and robbery unit. 
 
 
 
  CMPD Sex Assault Cold Case Unit Solves Cases New
  • Oct. 10, 2012
  • Detective Troy Armstrong of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit said that since the unit started in 2006, they were competing with current active cases when it came to examining DNA evidence.  The money in the federal grant was used to hire Barry Cook, a retired prosecutor of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office, and Erika Everhart, a DNA analyst.  Within the past few years, this unit has solved cases including the 1979 Ski Mask Rapist a.k.a. Jerry Lee Brooks, and a 1981 case occurring on Sharon Amity Road.  The 1981 case led to the arrest of Roger Dale Honeycutt.  DNA has also been used in arresting Juan Taylor and Bryan Davis.  From 2006 to 2012, this unit has reviewed about 1,500 cases and cleared more than 150.  50 of these were from arrests that led to a total of about 900 years in prison. 
 
 
 
  CMPD SAU Case Update
  • Aug. 12, 2009
  • Darrell Boyd was on trial in August of 2009 for two sexual assaults that occurred in 1998.  The jury found Boyd guilty on 17 charges including 4 counts of 1st degree rape, 2 counts 2nd degree rape, 4 counts 1st degree sex offense, 3 counts 2nd degree sex offense, 2 counts 1st degree kidnapping, 1 count 1st degree burglary, 1 count felony breaking and entering.  He received a maximum of 103 years and a minimum of 84 years in prison.  Both victims in these cases were early to mid twenties and home alone in their apartment when Boyd sexually assaulted them for an hour or more.
     
 
  CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit Arrest
  • May 29,2009
  • John William Bell was charged with a rape that occurred in 1997.  The victim was a 29 year old female who was forced into a vehicle and raped.   Bell has been charged with 1st degree kidnapping and two counts of 2nd degree sex offense.  Prior to his arrest, Bell was serving time at the NC Department of Corrections for a drug conviction.   
 
  Dedicated CMPD Cold Case Unit Solving Decades Old Rapes
  • March 11, 2012
  • In 2009, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit arrested Gilbert McNair.  Between 1990 and 1998 he raped six women in the Myers Park and Elizabeth neighborhoods.  He was sentenced to 35-44 years in prison.  McNair was one of 28 men arrested by the unit since its beginning in 2006.  Some of these cases dated back to the 1980s.  Among the 29 men arrested, six were serial rapists.  On top of the 2,000 plus unsolved sexual assault cold cases, about 100 are added on to the case load each year.  The unit was launched in 2006, three years after the launch of the Homicide Cold Case.  Charlotte’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit is one of the first cold case sex crime units in the country.  The federal grant given to the unit helps keep the four member team intact. The team includes Sgt. Darrell Price, Det. Troy Armstrong, Det. Linda Holmes and Sgt. Dick Riedal, along with prosecutor Barry Cook and DNA analyst Erika Everhart.
 
 
  Justice Deferred
  • In 1979, the Myers Park area was terrorized by a serial rapist known as the ski mask rapist.  Police believed that this person was responsible for 6 rapes, each victim being around the same age and had been to the airport or been car shopping.  Many years later, the police used DNA evidence to connect three of the rapes to Jerry Lee Brooks.   The Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit in Charlotte is one of the first in the country.  It was started in 2006 by the only full time member, Det. Troy Armstrong.  Unlike many states, North Carolina has no statute of limitations for rape crimes committed.  When Det. Armstrong was on light duty he looked into older cases including a 1981 rape case of a pregnant woman.  DNA testing did not exist a few decades ago, but evidence has been preserved, which is why it is able to be tested today for possible suspects.  DNA today is also uploaded into CODIS, which is the FBI’s national database for DNA samples that are collected from convicted felons.  The 1981 case led to the arrest of Roger Dale Honeycutt, who was previously in prison for a sex crime involving a young girl.  The cases involving Honeycutt were similar to the Brooks cases but Honeycutt raped his victims at night/early morning.  When Brooks was arrested in 2012, he was charged with three counts of rape, two counts of crimes against nature, two counts of b&e, robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of kidnapping.  
 
  Cold Case Detectives Make Arrest in 1991 Rape Case
  • Dec. 11, 2012
  • Drayton Thompson was arrested for a rape case that happened about 20 years ago in 1991.  The victim was both physically and sexually assault by two men in a car.  When Thompson was arrested by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), he was charged with two counts of 1st degree rape, two counts of 1st degree sex offense, kidnapping and felony conspiracy.  
 
 
  CMPD Makes Arrest Against Decades Old Rape Suspect
  • June 26, 2012
  • Jerry Lee Brooks a.k.a. the “ski mask rapist” allegedly broke into victims’ home in the Charlotte region but police believe there may be more victims throughout the southeast.  He was arrested in Myrtle Beach by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.  A grand jury in Mecklenburg County indicted 13 counts including three counts of rape, two counts of crime against nature, two counts kidnapping, two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts breaking and entering, one count robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count burglary.   DNA evidence was used by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit to link Brooks in three cases.  
 
 
  Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Cold Case from 1996
  • The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department arrested Bryan S. Davis for a sexual assault that occurred in 1996.  The victim was raped when she was walking along I-77.  DNA evidence that was re-examined and submitted to the lab was a match to Davis, who was charged with 2nd degree rape.
 
 
  Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Cold Case
  • Oct. 19, 2010
  • Roger Dale Honeycutt was arrested for a rape committed in 1981.  The female victim was five months pregnant when she was raped. Her husband and daughter were asleep upstairs when the suspect broke in and grabbed her and raped her.  At the time, there was no DNA to compare the evidence to.  But in 2010, when the evidence was submitted to the crime lab for testing, a match identified Honeycutt as the perpetrator.  He was arrested in Kannapolis and charged with 2nd degree rape, 2nd degree sex offense, and 1st degree burglary.   
 
  CMPD Make Arrest in 1991 Rape Case
  • April 06, 2012
  • Juan Vernard Taylor was arrested by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team for a 1991 rape and kidnapping.  The victim of this case was forced inside a vehicle and raped.  DNA evidence linked Taylor to the case.  He was charged with first degree rape and first degree kidnapping, and being held under a $125,000 bond by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
 
 
  - Investigators Solve 21-year-old Sexual Assault Case
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- Two Cold Cases from 2000 Solved
  • Jan. 4,2008
  • Two suspects were arrested in 2008 for their involvement in two separate sexual assaults that occurred in 2000.  Christopher Lynn Porter was sentenced to 12.5-16 years in prison after pleading guilty.  Porter raped his victim at knife point and robbed her.  He was charged with first degree rape, first degree kidnapping, and first degree robbery with a dangerous weapon.  The other suspect was Michael Neville Watson, who restrained and robbed the victim’s father before he sexually assaulted the victim.  He was arrested in New Orleans and charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault, two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.  At the time of his arrest, Watson was being held with a $350,000 bond at the Mecklenburg County Jail. 
 
 
  Defense in Honeycutt Rape Trial
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • Roger Dale Honeycutt, who was arrested for the rape of 2 women about 3 years ago, was convicted and sentenced to a minimum of 60 years and a maximum of 140 years in prison.  He was convicted on two counts of 2nd degree rape, two counts of 2nd degree sexual offense and 2 counts of 1st degree burglary.  Prosecutor Barry Cook said in his closing arguments that DNA was used to link Honeycutt to these two crimes.  Both of the victims testified during the case, but they did not identify Honeycutt as their attacker.  The victims recall that their attacker told them not to scream, or else they would be hurt.  

 
 
  Jury Finds Man 30-year-old Rape Case Guilty
Nearly 3 Decades Later Man Charged
  • March 11, 2012
  • On Oct. 18, 2012, nearly 30 years after the rape of a 23 year old pregnant female, Roger Dale Honeycutt was arrested.  Police say that DNA linked him to this rape and another rape that occurred in 1981.  Some other successful cases include the 1987 rape of a store clerk and the rape of two females in their apartments in 1998.  Willie Chapple Roberts was convicted in 2009 for the 1987 rape of a store clerk.  He forced the victim into a van at gunpoint where he raped her twice in two different areas.  Roberts received a sentence of 150 years in prison.  Also in 2009, Darrell Boyd was sentenced to a minimum of 84 years and a maximum of 103 years in prison.  Both women in these 1998 rapes were assaulted for an hour or more. 
  • In 2006 a serial rapist, Donald Pruitt was arrested by police.  In 2008 he was given 50 years in prison for raping women in their homes in the late 1980s to early 1990s.  He pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree rape and five counts of first-degree burglary.  Also in 2006, William Darryl Lippard Jr. was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman in a mall parking lot in 1987.  In 2009 however, he killed himself before the jury selection of his trial.  
 
 
  Cold Case Rape Squad Solves 132 Sex Assaults Dating 30 years
  • March 12, 2012
  • As of March 2012, The Charlotte Mecklenburg Sexual Assault Unit solved 132 sexual assault cases in just six years.  At this time they arrested 29 men, including six serial rapists.  One of these men was Gilbert McNair, who was arrested in 2009 for raping six women between 1990 and 1998.  He was sentenced to 35 to 44 years in prison. 
 
 
  Suspect Sentenced in a Rape Cold Case
  • Feb. 7, 2009
  • In early 2006, warrants were signed by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office for the arrest of Rodney Labrinth Miller.  In 1994, a 17 year old female was attacked by a known perpetrator using an alias.  The victim was shot when she resisted.  Miller was the potential suspect in the initial investigation, but he was no longer in North Carolina so the case remained open.  In 2006, the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit obtained a DNA match to Miller.  When he was arrested in Louisiana he was charged with attempted murder, ADW with the intent to kill and inflicting serious injury, 1st degree rape, 1st degree sex offense and 1st degree kidnapping.  In 2009, Miller pled guilty and was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years and a maximum of 27 years in the NC Department of Corrections.  
 
 
  Cold Case Unit First Sex Assault Conviction
  • May 24, 2007
  • One of the first sexual assault convictions for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit was Ardis Ray Fuller.  He was convicted in May 2007 for rape and kidnapping and received 42-52 years in prison.  Fuller was linked to the rape of a young woman held at knife point in 2003, and two women who were both physically and sexually assaulted, one in 2002 and one in 2003.  
 
 
  Red Underwear Rapist Charged
  • Aug. 2007
  • In 2007, illegal alien Jose Cristobal Rivera-Mejia’s DNA was a match to unsolved rape cases that occurred in 2004 and 2005.  At the time of his arrest, Rivera was in the country for three years and has nine arrests and ten felony charges.  The three rape cases are a total of 16 felony charges.  In 2006 he was deported after an arrest, but re-entered the country.  His DNA was matched to these three rape cases when he was arrested in June 2007 for breaking and entering, larceny and resisting a police officer.  Rivera is confirmed to be the red underwear rapist.  
 
 
  2nd Arrest Made in 1991 Case
  • Friday, Mar. 29, 2013
  • A second arrest was made in a 1991 rape case by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit.  A Vernon Lamont Wylie was taken into custody by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.  However, when he was being questioned at the police headquarters, he complained of chest pains and was taken to Carolina Medical Center. 
  • The case was reported in August 1991 by a woman who was abducted by two men in a car in West Charlotte.  The victim was taken to an unknown location, who was then physically and sexually assaulted.  In December, the Sexual Assault Cold Case unit arrested Drayton Lamar Thompson.  Wylie and Thompson are both charged with two counts of first degree rape, two counts of first degree sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping and conspiracy.