Saturday, April 30, 2011

Homicide Detectives Investigating a Murder on Polk St

WANTED: Sidney Mays
UPDATE: A murder warrant has been obtained and CMPD Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Sidney O’Neal Mays.

He is described as a black male, 30 years old, 5’9”, 175-180 pounds, bald, goatee, no front teeth   He was last seen wearing a gray tank top and blue jeans, possibly wearing a black ball cap with white lettering. 
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Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department A/D/W and Homicide Units are investigating a shooting at the 1500 block of Polk Street in the Metro Division. The call for service came in at 8:32pm.  The victim has been identified as Clarence James Carter.

Metro Division officers responded to an ADW call for service in reference to a male subject being shot subsequent to a neighborhood dispute. When officers arrived on scene, they located the victim lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Medic arrived and transported the victim to Carolinas Medical Center with life threatening injuries. The victim was pronounced by medical staff at the hospital a short time later.

Witnesses to the shooting have been transported to police headquarters for questioning. Officers located a person of interest and that person has been transported to police headquarters as well for questioning. At this early point in the investigation, it is apparent that this is not a random act of violence as the deceased and the shooter were known to each other.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Osorio is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Habitual Offender Arrested; Thanks to Citizen Witness

Brandon Howard
On April 28, 2011, at approx. 4:30 pm, Providence Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to a report of a larceny from auto in the 3400 block Wheatley Avenue. The victim stated he was transporting a wheel chair to a disabled child when he returned to his vehicle, he found his briefcase, wallet and computer missing from the vehicle.

A neighbor who witnessed the incident identified the suspect as 23-year old Brandon Ramone Howard and told officers where he lived.  Officers responded to 3123 Rodman Street and located the suspect.  Howard told Officers he was babysitting two children at the time and gave officers consent to search the residence and his person. Officers subsequently recovered all of the victim's stolen property from an oven drawer in the kitchen of the residence and on the suspect himself.  Brandon Howard was charged with Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle and Larceny after Breaking and Entering.

*** According to the NC Department of Corrections recordsBrandon Howard is a habitual repeat offender in Mecklenburg County, Cabarrus County and Guilford County.  Since 2004, Howard has accumulated over 15 separate charges relating to breaking & entering, credit card theft, etc. In addition, he is a habitual probation violator... but somehow he continues to end up back on the streets!?  Let's hope DA Murray puts an end to that cycle!

This arrest illustrates what can be accomplished when the community and police work together. Officers would have had a difficult time bringing this case to resolution had it not been for an engaged neighbor willing to get involved.  THANK YOU willing witness!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

CMPD Officer Busts Man During B&E on Monroe Rd

Daryl Hamilton
On April 26th, at approx.11:00 pm, a CMPD Providence Division Officer was patrolling in a marked police vehicle along Monroe Road when they observed a man sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 3400 block of Monroe Road.

As the Officer passed by,  he noticed the suspect exit the vehicle and walk away from the scene- so t
he officer turned his cruiser around to investigate the situation.  The officer detained the suspect and located the owner of the vehicle.  The owner indicated that he did not give the suspect permission or authority to enter his vehicle and he left his car doors unlocked.  A search of the suspect resulted in officers finding property belonging to the victim.
Daryl Eugene Hamilton was charged with Breaking and Entering of Motor Vehicle and Larceny after B&E.  This is Hamilton's 9th arrest in Mecklenburg County since September 2009.
 

The CMPD continues to urge the community to remove valuables from their vehicles, lock their doors call 911 if they witness suspicious activity.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case or any other case may call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Charlotte Man Sent to Prison for Luring Girl on Internet for Sex

Kareem Kirk
On April 25, 2011, the trial of NC -v- Kareem Kirk came before a jury in the Mecklenburg County courthouse with Superior Court Judge Christopher Collier presiding.  Kirk was found guilty of two counts of abduction of a child and four counts of statutory rape.  He was sentenced to 32-39 years in prison for the rape charges and 2 years for abducting a child.  His sentences are to be served consecutively. 

The state showed evidence to the jury that on July 3, 2007, a 15-year old girl was reported missing by her parents in Springfield, Mass.  During the 'missing child' investigation, officers searched the girl's computer and found e-mails showing a man (Kirk) had been pursuing an online relationship with her for nearly two years.  In the e-mails, Kirk told the young girl he was Muslim and wanted to make her his second wife as well as convincing her to send him bare photos.  Kirk is married with four children.

On the day the girl disappeared, Kareem Kirk drove 800 miles to Massachusetts to pick her up and bring her back to Charlotte, NC.  The child was found by the CMPD four days later, sitting on a park bench in the University Area.  The victim told police that the defendant had made her dress in Muslim garb and engaged in oral and anal sex with her while she was here in Charlotte.  The child was reunited with her family in Massachusetts and Kirk was arrested.

CMPD Officers Drop 3,442 Pounds in Three Months

On January 3, 2011, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department launched a campaign directed toward assisting CMPD employees interested in losing weight.  Crime fighting is a demanding career and often requires physical fitness. A fit police department makes for a successful department and benefits the community we serve immeasurably.

The three month campaign was crafted in a competition format similar to the 'Biggest Loser' program. Participants assembled teams that consisted of three to four employees from each of the 13 patrol divisions, members from headquarters, the training academy, vice and animal control. After the initial weigh-in, participants were required to weigh-in every other week throughout the course of the program to measure their progress.  Teams were given the option to designate a coach to assist them in meeting their goals.

The final numbers are in and they couldn’t be any more impressive!! 
At the conclusion of the competition, the CMPD recorded :
• 3,442 total pounds lost! (That is an average of more than 9 pounds per participant)
• Headquarters building lost 852 pounds
• 5 teams lost more than 10% of total body weight
• 24 teams lost more than 5% of total body weight

Individual weight loss stats:
• 2 lost 50+ pounds  • 7 lost 40+ pounds • 16 lost 30+ pounds  • 45 lost 20+ pounds •144 lost 10+ pounds • 1 lost 20% of body weight • 32 lost more than10% of body weight • 122 lost more than 5% of total body weight

Charlotte Man Charged with Embezzling over 90,000

John Edward Dee
John Edward Dee, former CFO of the Harris Land Company, has been arrested and charged with embezzling $90,600 in additional salary.  He was arrested on April 26, 2011.

CMPD says an outside accountant was doing an audit on Harris Land Company in February and found that Dee had been receiving  unauthorized monies over the past two years. Dee managed the company's payroll and wrote unauthorized checks.

The CMPD Financial Crimes Unit seized several bank documents from John Dee and Dee admitted embezzling some of the money.  In the past two years, Dee bought a $500,000 home in Charlotte as well as another piece of property.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Recent Prostitution, John & Sex Crime Arrests in Charlotte, NC

The following slideshow is filled with recent mugshots of men and women arrested in Charlotte, NC for soliciting prostitution and other related sex crimes. 
 
* If you are unable to view slideshow, click here

Fourth Student Robbed near Johnson & Wales University

In the past two weeks, robbers have targeted four different students near the uptown campus of Johnson & Wales University.  The latest incident occurred last night in the fourth ward when a student was sitting on the front steps of an apartment around 11 pm on West 5th Street when he was approached by a man who pointed a gun at his stomach and demanded money.  The victim did not have any money so he gave the robber his cell phone and the suspect ran away.

Prior to the robbery last night, two students were robbed last Sunday and another was robbed last Tuesday evening. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Johnson & Wales University issued a crime alert to students last Wednesday warning them about the two previous incidents.

According to the warning e-mail, a female student was robbed around 8:30 pm last Tuesday night.  She told police she was leaving the library and walked up W Trade Street near a railroad overpass when a man walked up and started talking with her. The student said the man then showed her a gun in his waistband, demanded her purse and walked away.  She described the suspect as a black male with a slender build who is between 30-40 years old.

Last Sunday night, two other Johnson & Wales students were robbed at gunpoint near the campus. The incident happened around 10:30 pm. in the 300 block of South Cedar Street.  The victims told police three men came running up behind them, brandished a gun and forced them to lie down. The robbers stole the victims' cell phones, wallets, debit cards and cash.  Johnson & Wales Security can be reached at 980-598-1900.


Several Repeat Offenders Sentenced to Jail

Steele
Collel Steele, 44, was tried before a Mecklenburg County jury beginning on April 18th with the Honorable W. Robert Bell, Superior Court Judge, presiding.  The jury found Steele guilty of 1) felony larceny after breaking or entering and 2) felony possession of stolen goods. Steele admitted his status as a habitual felon and was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison.

Steele has 12 arrests in Mecklenburg County since 2008.  His convictions include common law robbery, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny from the person, and breaking or entering. Additionally, Steele was previously convicted of being a habitual felon in 1998.

Aaron Gladden, 33, having previously plead not guilty and requesting a trial by jury, changed his plea to guilty as charged. Gladden was sentenced for 1) possession with intent to sell or deliver a cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and 2) for being a habitual felon.  Judge Bell sentenced him to 67-90 months in prison.

Tavaris Fowler, 30, was called for trial before The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge and plead guilty to two counts of possessing cocaine before the jury was empaneled.  Fowler received 14-18 months in prison; that sentence to begin at the expiration of a 21-26 month sentence currently being served in a North Carolina prison.

Winslow
James Thompson, 41, was called for trial before The Honorable H. William Constangy. Thompson was charged with 1) possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, 2) sell cocaine, 3) deliver cocaine, and 4) being a habitual felon. Thompson was alleged to have sold cocaine to an undercover police officer. Yesterday, a Mecklenburg County jury found Thompson not guilty of the three felony drug charges; as a result of the verdict, the defendant’s habitual felon status could not be considered by the jury.

Tyrus Winslow, 39, pled guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine. Winslow was sentenced to 24-30 months in prison. This sentence is to begin at the expiration of 95-123 month sentence currently being served in a North Carolina prison.  Winslow has been arrested 12 times in the past three years in Mecklenburg County.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Buyer & Seller Beware: Craigslist Robberies in Charlotte

In the past several months, I have noticed an increase of local news reports showing innocent people getting robbed while meeting someone to sell or buy something via Craigslist and other online marketplaces. 

Since CMPD 'under reports' crime stats these days, we are safe to assume these type of robberies & assaults are occurring more often than we hear about... so, please be careful, trust your instincts and meet people in public places with lots of people around to be on the safe side...

On April 23, 2011, CMPD investigated two separate armed robberies in the University area of Charlotte involving people meeting 'prospective buyers' from Craigslist.  The first robbery occurred around 10:50pm in an apartment complex on Rebecca Bailey Drive.  The 21-year old male victim told police he met with the suspect to sell his PlayStation 3 when he was robbed of the game console at gunpoint.  The second robbery on Saturday occurred at 12:40am on University Village Boulevard.  The 28-year old victim advised police he had arranged to meet someone via Craigslist to sell his PlayStation 3 when he was also robbed at gunpoint.

On March 23, 2011, a victim selling a used iPad when he was lured to the parking lot of Ivey Meadows Drive by a buyer "offering to three times the face value" of the item.  The victim took the bait and when they met to exchange the iPad, two men assaulted and robbed the victim.  Two other similar incidents occurred on Caroway Street and Windy Creek Drive.

On February 9, 2011, a couple was robbed at gunpoint while trying to buy cell phone they saw listed for sale on Craigslist.  The 27-year old man and 23-year old woman met the suspect on Highland Park Drive and were robbed at gunpoint for $400.

Police say the suspects give specific directions to meet the victims, sometimes offer to pay more than your offering price and often lure the victims to a dark cul-de-sac or underneath a staircase at an apartment complex.  If you have any information about these crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Monday, April 25, 2011

View Charlotte Mugshots Online!

When I first started this blog in 2006, I would go through the Mecklenburg County Sheriff arrest records one by one, each and every day and post the most serious of arrests...  Shortly thereafter, I noticed several news agencies and other 'mugshot' sites pop up around the Queen City and decided to use my energy elsewhere.

Here is a list of several mugshot sites for the Charlotte, NC area: 

Mecklenburg County Court: JURY DUTY Website

On April 1st, the Mecklenburg County Court Jury Management Office launched a new website for citizens who are summoned for Jury Duty in Mecklenburg County, NC. 

If you wish to respond to your jury duty summons, now you have a faster way to request a deferral, look up a lost juror number, obtain reporting instructions, view current reporting status or the status of a request for deferral or excusal, access jury service history, verify or update personal data, request special assistance, etc.

* VIEW WEBSITE

Teen Arrested for Murder of 64-Year Old on Mullens Ford Rd

Chauncy Sterling
UPDATE II:  Chauncey Sterling has plead not guilty to killing Bob Barber.  A trial could take place in June 2012.
 
UPDATE:  The CMPD Homicide Unit developed information which led to the identification and arrest of Chauncey Sterling, 18, for the senseless murder and robbery of Dr. Robert (Bob) Barber, 64.

Once the Homicide Unit obtained warrants for Sterling, VCAT began working the case in an effort to locate Mr. Sterling.  Chauncy Sterling was taken into custody at 10:05 pm on April 24, 2011, at 285 Fargo Street, Rock Hill, SC. The Rock Hill Police Department and York County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest of Mr. Sterling.

Chauncey Sterling does not have any prior record in North Carolina; however, he does have a prior arrest in April in York County, SC for sexual battery, criminal domestic violence and trespassing.  Sterling's Facebook and MySpace accounts pretty much tell us all we need to know about this 'wanna be' thug.
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Dr. Robert Barber
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Homicide Detective are conducting a homicide investigation at the 4500 block of Mullens Ford Road.  The call for service came in at 10:20 am, on Friday, April 22, 2011. The victim has been positively identified as 64-year old Dr. Robert Latimer Barber.  Mr. Barber worked as an executive for Carolinas HealthCare System for many years.

CMPD Providence Division officers responded to a shooting call in the South Park area and when officers arrived on scene, they located a victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  Mr. Robert Barber was pronounced on scene by Medic. This investigation is in its initial stages; however, witnesses report Mr. Barber was walking home from a coffee shop when he was shot by the suspect.  At this time, police believe this is a random act of violence.

The suspect has been described as a black male, between 20-30 years of age, 5’6", dark complexion, short hair cut, tall and skinny and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a light colored plaid shirt running towards Simsbury Rd.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Ladd is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

* Listen to Chief Monroe's Press Conference @ WBT: 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

CMPD Investigating a Shooting on Christenbury Hills Lane

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Unit are investigating a shooting that occurred at 6:32 pm in the 4500 block of Christenbury Hills Lane in the CMPD North Division.  The victim’s identity will be released when his next-of-kin has been notified.

CMPD North Division officers initially responded to a 911 call placed by the victim who fled the scene of the shooting and subsequently crashed his car at the 5800 block of Sugar Creek Road.  Officers arrived on scene and located the shooting victim who stated that he was shot while inside his vehicle on Christenbury Hills Lane.  

The victim was transported to Carolinas Medical Center where he underwent surgery for life threatening injuries. Officers responded to the Christenbury Hills Lane and located the scene of the shooting and Crime Scene Search responded to the scene of the shooting to collect physical evidence and they processed the victim’s vehicle at police headquarters.

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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Arrest Made in Phylicia Barnes Murder Case

Michael Johnson
UPDATE III:  (April 26, 2012):   An arrest has been made in connection with the killing of Phylicia Barnes, the 16-year-old from North Carolina who vanished while visiting family in Northwest Baltimore in 2010 and was found dead months later in the Susquehanna River.

Word broke late Wednesday from Barnes' relatives, and was confirmed by authorities. The attorney for Michael Johnson, the former boyfriend of Phylicia's older sister, confirmed that his client had been taken into custody at about 11:30 pm on unknown charges. Johnson had been the last person to see her alive.

Phylicia Barnes
UPDATE II:  (May 4, 2011) Baltimore and MDSP have confirmed that an autopsy has confirmed that Phylicia Barnes was the victim of a homicide.  The cause of death is being withheld for investigative purposes

Police continue to urge anyone with information regarding the murder of Phylicia Barnes to contact them immediately.  If you have any information, please call the TIPS Line at 1-855-223-0033 or can call the Maryland State Police duty officer at 410-653-4200.  Calls will be kept confidential.
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UPDATE:  (April 21, 2011)  I am sad to report that 16-year old Phylicia Barnes' body was found yesterday in the Susquehanna River, just north of the Conowingo Dam in Maryland.   

Barnes was one of two unclothed bodies pulled from water on Wednesday morning.  The second body was that of an unidentified African-American male which police describe as 6' 4" and approx. 240 pounds. 

Police said crews working on the dam reported seeing what appeared to be a body floating in the river north of the dam at about 7:30 am. Natural Resources Police later recovered the body of a female from the water. In the afternoon, boaters in the river south of the dam found the body of a man. The bodies were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsies, officials said.  
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Phylicia Barnes, 16, was a resident of Monroe, NC (Union County) and was last seen on December 28, 2010 at her half-sister's apartment, located in northwest Baltimore, MD.  Phylicia Simone Barnes' disappearance has puzzled detectives, family members, friends and strangers since December.  Miss Barnes was an honor student at Union Academy and it is not like her to just disappear.  Police believe foul play is involved.    Anyone with information in the case is asked to call 1-855-223-0033.

* Watch latest Baltimore PD Press Release
* AMW's Missing Children Case File

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Man Gets 29-37 Years in Prison for Financial Crimes

Gary Keever
On April 20, 2011, Gary Clyde Keever, 55, was found guilty by a Mecklenburg County jury of twenty-one (21) counts of Securities Fraud violations and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.  Keever was convicted after a two and a half week trial in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. The Honorable William H. Constangy, Superior Court Judge, sentenced Keever to 29-37 years in prison.

Between 2001 and 2007, Keever operated a Ponzi scheme where he took money from investors, promising them that he would use that money to purchase mortgage notes, service them for 6-12 months, and resell them for a profit.  Instead, Keever used $636,254 in investor money to make returns to earlier investors and for his personal use and benefit.

The bank record evidence showed that 51% of money coming into Keever’s accounts were investor funds; yet, at least 75% of the money coming out of his accounts were for personal expenses. Keever used investor money to pay for trips to Hawaii, Mexico and other locations. He also purchased vehicles, clothing, jewelry, and paid his personal bills. The evidence showed that Keever never purchased, serviced, or sold any mortgage notes.

Keever was previously convicted in the mid-1990s for five counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses for similar activity.  In those cases, Keever promised investors he would purchase bonds with their money, but in fact never purchased any bonds.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

CMPD: The 'Official' Delvonte Tisdale Report

Delvonte Tisdale
On March 17, 2011, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department made a formal request to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) asking the agency to conduct an additional review of the Delvonte Tisdale security breach report.  This request was made to reaffirm the need to continue to protect sensitive security information included in the report.
The CMPD has worked closely with the TSA under the direction of David Wray (TSA’s highest ranking official in Charlotte) throughout the entire investigation. That participation included hosting meetings, providing SSI information that was ultimately included in the final report as well as their review and feedback on the content of the report.
On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the CMPD received the redacted version of the report from the TSA.  The agency again concluded, the report contained sensitive security information (TSA redactions in black.) This review reaffirms the city’s original position, indicating the report contained sensitive security information concerning airport security and vulnerability that could not and should not be released publicly.
Additionally,  the  CMPD has also identified other portions of the report that necessitated redaction. (CMPD redactions in red)  Those redactions made by CMPD included portions of the report that detailed:
·         Personnel deployment in specific locations of the airport and operational procedures that if disclosed would jeopardize public safety.
·         Vulnerable aircraft positions that may make them potential targets of an attack, jeopardizing the safety of the general public.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Police Seeking Men Who Cut off Electronic Monitors

Robert Jones
UPDATE:  Donqus McSwain turned himself into the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.  He is currently in custody.

UPDATE II:  Robert Jones was arrested by the Bloomington Illinois Police Department with the assistance of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office who received information concerning his whereabouts. He is currently awaiting extradition 
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Robert Jones and Donqus D. McSwain wanted by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) on outstanding warrants for interfering with an electronic monitoring device, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering.

On February 6, 2011 Robert Jones was released from jail on $10,000 secure bond for breaking and entering. Jones was ordered to wear a CMPD electronic monitor as an additional condition of his release.  On April 18, 2011 Jones was due to appear in superior court for the felony breaking and entering charges.

At approximately 10:37, Jones cut his court ordered monitor off at the 800 Block of Eastway Drive. Jones was last seen in a white minivan with tinted windows in the 1200 block of Central Avenue where his monitor was discarded.
Donqus McSwain

Jones is a habitual felon with an extensive criminal history including arrests for robberies, drugs, burglary, assaults, and auto theft.  Jones is the 8th offender to cut off CMPD electronic monitor in 2011. CMPD has monitored over 500 offenders in 2011 and less than 1.5% cut the monitors off. Most of the offenders who cut their monitors off are re-arrested within days thanks to publicity from the media and tips from the public.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robert Jones or Donqus McSwain should immediately contact the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) at (704)336-VACT or call 911.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

CMPD Homicide Unit Investigating a Robbery/Murder in the North Division

Sutton
Case Update:  Detectives with the CMPD Homicide Unit signed warrants on three suspects last night charging them with the robbery and murder of Mr. Wallace. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident late last night by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.

The following three suspects have been charged with Murder, Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery:  Ngai Yarre Sutton, Robert Lee McPhail, and Damon Kenneth Grimes.

The incident occurred at the residence of Mr. Grimes, where he along with Mr. McPhail and Mr. Sutton conspired to rob Mr. Wallace during a transaction to purchase a large quantity of marijuana.  Mr. Wallace was shot during the robbery and succumbed to his injuries hours later at CMC.

McPhail
This incident was not a random act of violence, as Mr. Wallace and Mr. Grimes were known associates. This incident remains under active investigation and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit Detectives are conducting an investigation into a robbery/shooting which occurred at 4822 Woodstone Drive. The incident was reported at 12:46 p.m. on April 16, 2011. Family notification has been made and the victim has been identified as Larry Dean Wallace, 40.

North Division officers responded to an A/D/W call for service in reference to a male subject who had been shot. Upon their arrival, officers located a subject suffering from a gunshot wound. Medic arrived and transported the subject to Carolinas Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Based on initial witness statements, the victim stated he came to the residence to visit a friend, when the robbery occurred shortly after his arrival.

Grimes
The victim was later pronounced by medical staff at 9:14 p.m. on April 16, 2011.   At this stage of the investigation, detectives have spoken to witnesses and canvassing the neighborhood following any leads that will aid in the investigation.  Crime Scene Search processed the scene and collected physical evidence.   ADW and Robbery Detectives assisted with the investigation since its inception.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Ward is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Friday, April 15, 2011

D.A.'s Office: 39 Violent Felons Convicted (April 11-April 15)

Thirty-nine (39) defendants plead guilty in Mecklenburg County Superior Court before The Hon. Robert Bell, Superior Court Judge.  The defendants entered guilty pleas from April 11, 2011 - April 15, 2011.

Ricardo Velasquez
Ricardo Velasquez, 40, plead guilty to 1) attempted second degree rape and 2) sexual activity by a substitute parent.  Velasquez was sentenced to 87-134 months in prison.
Francisco Huistlacalt, 17, plead guilty to second degree sex offense. Huistlacalt was sentenced to 72-96 months in prison.
Radi Meyers, 31, pled guilty to assault inflicting serious bodily injury. Meyers was sentenced to 17-21 months in prison.
Kyreem Renfroe, 20, pled guilty to 1) discharging a firearm into occupied property and 2) possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Renfroe was sentenced to 26-41 months in prison. Renfroe is a habitual repeat offender in Mecklenburg County.
Kyreem Renfroe
Timothy Barlow, 23, pled guilty to 1) felony flee to elude, 2) felony breaking and/or entering and 3) larceny after breaking and/or entering. Barlow admitted his status as a habitual felon and was sentenced to 67-90 months in prison.
Carlton Williams, 25, pled guilty to 1) robbery with a dangerous weapon, 2) conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and 3) first degree burglary. Williams was sentenced to 82-108 months in prison.
Ronald Shoates, 21, pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shoates was sentenced to 17-21 months in prison.
Robert Ulrich
Robert Ulrich, 40, pled guilty to common law robbery and admitted his status as a habitual felon. Ulrich was sentenced to 92-120 months in prison.
Jerod Headen, 18, pled guilty to 1) robbery with a dangerous weapon, 2) attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, 3) conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, 4) first degree burglary, 5) two counts of larceny from the person and 6) conspiracy to commit larceny from the person. Headen was sentenced to 64-86 months in prison.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Man Shoots Roommate on Hampton Place Dr

UPDATE:   SWAT officers made entry into residence and discovered the suspect dead of an apparent gunshot wound.  Homicide Detectives are on the scene and investigating the death. roommate
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On Thursday, April 14, 2011, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers responded to a shooting which occurred at 2:05 p.m. at 12231 Hampton Place Drive.  The victim and suspect are known to each other and are roommates according to the victim. 
 
The victim was shot once in the shoulder and was alert, conscious and breathing on his own when Medic arrived on scene.  The suspect’s location after the shooting was in doubt as the victim was unsure if the suspect remained inside the apartment or if he fled the scene.  
 
The location was locked down and a perimeter was set up.  The CMPD SWAT team was mobilized and responded to the scene.  A Geo Notify (reverse 911) was sent out to a one mile radius of the incident location and no students were being allowed off of CMS buses within a two mile radius of the incident location. 
 
SWAT is currently attempting to make contact with the suspect who may or may not be inside the residence. 

DA: Rapist Found Guilty and Sentenced to 32-39 Years in Prison

On April 14th, 2011, Darryl Thompson, 41, a dangerous criminal with a history of violence against women, was found guilty by a jury of first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. Thompson was convicted after a four-day trial.

On September 4, 2005, a woman was walking on the track at Eastway Middle School when Thompson grabbed the woman and raped her on the bleachers. There were no leads in the case until Thompson was arrested in 2008 on an unrelated rape charge and Thompson's DNA was then linked to the 2005 case.

He was sentenced to 32-39 years in prison by The Honorable Jesse B. Caldwell, III, Superior Court Judge. Assistant District Attorney Samantha Pendergrass prosecuted the case. "It really is great to see closure after so long," Pendergrass said. "It affected her life so deeply. Now she knows she's safe."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Man Arrested after Attempting to Abduct a Child at Frazier Park

Jerry White
Investigators with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Family Services Division have arrested Jerry White.  

White has been charged with abduction of children and assault of a child under 12 stemming from an incident that occurred in the area of Frazier Park on the evening of Sunday, April 10, 2011. White was located by patrol officers after warrants were signed. He was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives worked day and night over the last several days.  They reviewed surveillance video and photos, interviewed a multitude of individuals concerning the case and quickly developed a suspect.  The CMPD removed him from the public this afternoon.

Couple Caught Having Sex in Children's Library

Brooks
Delonte Brooks, 20, and Kendra Hunter, 18, were caught having sex in the teen lounge at ImaginOn, a children’s library and theater located at 300 E. 7th Street on Tuesday around 3pm.  Fortunately, there were not any children in that area when the incident happened.

Officials with ImaginOn responded to questions about the incident with a brief email response.  "No children or members of the public witnessed the incident – the only witnesses were a Mecklenburg County Security Officer and a Library staff member. 

Hunter
The incident was discovered by the security officer as part of a regular patrol, and was handled quickly, appropriately and professionally in accordance with security procedures. Due to the security officers’ patrolling patterns, the incident was discovered within one minute of it occurring. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was there within five minutes of the incident’s discovery."

Brooks and Hunter were issued a citation by CMPD for 'indecent exposure' and were immediately banned from all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library facilities by the security officer, and were removed from the facility.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Man Charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Robert Bove
Robert Bove, 53, was arrested Friday and charged with 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. According to the police search warrant, investigators seized Bove's computer, several CD's, a camera and other equipment from Bove's home, located near the Ballantyne area.

According to the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, the undercover investigation began in September of 2010.  Sgt. Greg Zager of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department began an undercover investigation involving Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).

During this investigation Sgt. Zager spoke in an online parenting chat room with a 53 year old North Carolina man identified as Robert Bove. During the course of this investigation Bove sent photos and digital images of very young children to Sgt. Zager, most or all kids in various stages of undress.  Bove signed on to a Yahoo chat room using the name "luvsyourlittlegirl."

CMPD Independence Officers Nab Larceny Suspects

McCoy
Independence Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Willie James Springs, Laregis McCoy and Nemiah Davis on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. 

A CMPD Officer was patrolling the Wal-Mart parking lot located at 1830 Galleria Blvd, when a store employee waved him down and stated that three suspects just committed a larceny and took off in a blue Ford Expedition.

Springs
A short time later the officer observed the SUV and initiated a vehicle stop on Village lake Drive and Independence Blvd. During the course of the vehicle stop, Nemiah Davis jumped out of the SUV and started running, carrying a large trash bag full of items.

Davis tossed the bag and ran across Independence Blvd. Officers apprehended Davis after a brief foot chase. All three of the suspects involved in the case were positively identified by a store employee as the men involved in the larceny.  The employee was already familiar with the suspects from prior cases.

All three suspects were in possession of more than $2,000 in stolen merchandise from the Galleria Wal-Mart as well as several other retail outlets across the city. The three individuals have a history of committing bulk larcenies from stores all over Charlotte and adjoining counties.

· Willie James Springs has been charged with Felony Larceny. It’s the 11th felony he’s been charged with since 2008.
Davis
· Leregis McCoy has been charged with Felony Larceny, No Operator’s License and Failure to Heed Blue Light. His prior arrests date back to 2008 when McCoy was charged with assaulting a High School athletic coach. In 2009 McCoy was charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon after he was arrested for robbing retail customers at gunpoint in 2009.

· Nemiah Davis has been charged with Felony Larceny, Resist, Obstruct and Delay. Davis had eight outstanding warrants for his arrest when he was apprehended this morning. He’s been arrested in Mecklenburg County eight times since 2009.

CMPD continues to urge retailers to prosecute shoplifters in an effort to quell larcenies. Members of the CMPD Independence Division have worked closely with Wal-Mart management in the Galleria to bolster security.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

CMPD Investigating Murder on Cates Street

Felix Patton
UPDATE:  (April 21, 2011) - Detectives with the Homicide Unit and the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) apprehended and arrested Felix Antonio Patton for the murder of Mr. Christopher Satterfield.

Mr. Patton has been charged with first degree murder. He has been transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office; where he will remain in their custody 
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Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit are investigating a murder in a parking lot outside of 811 Cates Street in the Central Division. The call for service came in on Wednesday, April 06, 2011.  The victim has been identified as 35-year old Christopher Lee Satterfield

Central Division officers responded to an ADW with injury call placed from Cedar Oaks Condominiums. When officers arrived on scene, they found Mr. Satterfield lying in a small parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic at 2:25 a.m.

Based upon an initial statement by a witness, he looked outside his apartment window after he heard the gunshot and observed a male subject standing over the victim. The witness further stated that when he went outside to check on the victim, that the subject was gone.

Officers with the Central Division set up a perimeter and called in the assistance of the K-9 Unit, but was unable to locate the subject. Crime Scene Search responded 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 King is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Support the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation was established in 2004 by business and civic leaders as an independent, non-profit organization that strives to strengthen the services of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and promote public safety in Charlotte.

SPRING LUNCHEON- Keynote Speaker: Rudy Giuliani
DATE: May 10, 2011 @ Noon
LOCATION: Westin Hotel,601 S. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE FOUNDATION INITIATIVES:

COLD CASE DNA CRIME LAB: From 2004 to 2006, the CMPF provided $150,000 in funding for a DNA lab analyst to work cold cases. The $150,000 paid for salary and supplies which led to 52 direct matches to suspects or convicted offenders. The analyst tested DNA from 158 homicide, rape, sexual assault, and other violent crime cases.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER FOR EVERY POLICE CAR: Fire extinguishers for 1,100 police cars were funded by CMPF. Now, every police vehicle will be fully equipped with a fire extinguisher to aid our police officers and the citizens they serve.

ELECTRONIC MONITORING OF PRE-TRIAL RELEASE CHRONIC OFFENDERS: In 2007, the CMPF donated $110,000 for a pilot program to lease and monitor 100 ankle bracelet devices with GPS tracking. The devices were deployed on pre-trial offenders. In 2009, 726 offenders were monitored. In 2010, 956 offenders were monitored. The program has been a tremendous success and an integral part of the crime reduction strategies employed by CMPD. Funding now comes from the CMPD operating budget.

For more information: Contact Executive Director Ann Henegar @ 704.332.9857

* If you would like me to e-mail you an event flyer in .pdf format, email me @ kelly at crimeincharlotte.com

Friday, April 1, 2011

We Will Never Forget!

CMPD Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark were killed in the line of duty four years ago today. Please remember their sacrifice and thank an Officer today!

My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and brothers/sisters in blue as we remember two wonderful men who gave their lives to protect the citizens of Charlotte.