Saturday, January 14, 2012

Woman & Unborn Child Killed at The Flying Biscuit

Mark Cox
UPDATE:  5/1/12- Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for Mark Cox, 22, who stabbed 25-year-old Danielle Watson during a robbery at the Flying Biscuit Cafe, located off Rea Road in the Stonecrest Shopping Center in January of this year.
UPDATE: At approximately 1:00 p.m. today, CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) along with the Fayetteville Police Department apprehended and arrested Mark Anthony Cox at 770 Hedgelawn Way in Cumberland County. Ms. Watson’s vehicle was located at a nearby apartment complex. CMPD Homicide Detectives are enroute to Fayetteville, NC to interview Mr. Cox before being transported to Intake in Mecklenburg County.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department would like to thank the Fayetteville Police Department for their assistance in the apprehension of Mr. Cox.
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation related to the robbery of The Flying Biscuit Café, located at 7930 Rea Road in the South Division. The initial call for service came in at 6:24 a.m., on Saturday, January 14, 2012, in regards to what was thought at the time to be a larceny. The victim has been identified as Danielle Marie Watson.

South Division patrol officers responded to the Flying Biscuit early this morning in reference to a suspected larceny. As officers were still on the scene conducting their investigation, they were notified by an employee of Allied Waste Services that a body was behind the trash dumpster that he was attempting to empty. The body was that of Ms. Watson, an employee of the Flying Biscuit. At this time, Ms. Watson’s vehicle is unaccounted for. We are asking that if anyone sees her vehicle, that they call 911 immediately. The vehicle is a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier two door, NC registration: ZYX1952; baby blue in color. A photo of the actual vehicle is attached to this e-mail. The investigation is in its early stages. As additional information develops, it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Detectives with the Robbery Unit responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team responded to the scene as well.

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