Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Domestic Stabbing Leaves Ex-NYPD Officer Dead

Carole LaRossa
UPDATE II:  Carole LaRossa has been released on bond and is at home on electronic monitoring.  Her next court date is August 2nd at 9am in courtroom 5350.

UPDATE:   The victim has been identified as James "Jimmy" LaRossa, 51.  He was stabbed 19 times in the back, according to Prosecutors.  LaRossa was a NYPD Officer for 15 years and retired in 2001.   CMPD Homicide Detectives have charged Mr. LaRossa’s ex-wife, Carole LaRossa, with murder.
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation into a stabbing that took place at  8500 Dianthus Court which left one man dead and a female with non-life threatening injuries. The call for service came in at 9:49pm.

South Division patrol officers responded to The Apartments at Blakeney off of Rea Road in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon call for service. Upon arrival they located a male and female inside of the apartment suffering from apparent stab wounds.

James LaRossa
James LaRossa was pronounced deceased on scene. The female was transported to Carolinas Medical Center where she is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Based on the initial investigation this incident appears to be domestic violence related.  The couple’s daughter was at a sleepover during the killing.

Initial indications are that the male and female began arguing which then escalated to the stabbing. Detectives are currently canvassing the complex to determine if anyone saw or heard anything in the moments leading up to the stabbing that will aid in the investigation.

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Detectives from the Gang Unit and Domestic Violence Detectives also responded to the scene.

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