CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect in Nov. 14, 2014 Armed Robbery of Dollar General Store

From, November 18, 2014

Charlotte police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they say robbed a Dollar General at gunpoint on Friday, November 14, 2014.

(Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

A man entered the store at 7322 The Plaza, pulled out a gun, demanded money, and ran off. The robber is described as a black male in his late 20s, around 6’3″ with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a black sweater, dark pants, and a black and white toboggan. 

Officials did not say how much money, if any, the man got away with. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on November 18, 2014 at 9:14 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeks Man Wanted for Second-Degree Rape

From, September 22, 2014

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team is searching for a man wanted on the charge of second-degree rape.

Police say Manual Ayala Carias, 39, is wanted on the charge of second-degree rape following an arrest in the Steele Creek Division.

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If you have any information on Carias’ whereabouts, you’re asked to call the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at (704) 336-VCAT (8228).

Published in: on September 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Looking for Man who Robbed Charlotte Walmart During September 20 – 21, 2014 Weekend

From, September 22, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for a man who robbed a Walmart over the weekend.

Police said a man walked into the Super Walmart on North Tryon Streer and approached an employee in the Money Center.

The suspect told the employee he had a weapon and demanded money before leaving the store, police said.


The suspect is described as a white man with a beard, about 30 years old and wearing a grey tank top and backwards hat.

Anyone with information concerning this case and or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.

Published in: on September 22, 2014 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Says to Make Craigslist Exchanges in Police Station Parking Lots

From by Amy Cowman, September 17, 2014

If you use Craigslist to buy and sell things, Charlotte Police want you to make it safer to meet strangers by conducting your business in their parking lots.

The offer comes after three people who used the website were robbed in the last month.

“The first thing you have to think about is is it too good to be true?” said CMPD Officer Craig Allen. “Am I setting myself up to become a victim if I’m going to somebody’s house? And the answer is yes,” said Officer Allen.

One of the victims, who did not want to be identified, says he found that out the hard way when he reluctantly agreed to go to a home to buy an iPhone for $300, which he found over Craigslist.

“They said they can’t travel because they don’t have vehicle, so I had to go to their place, and I went to their place and it was a dead end,” said the victim.

Officer Allen says that’s the first red flag.

“If someone wants to sell something bad enough, they’ll find a way to go meet you if it’s a legitimate thing,” said Officer Allen.

Once the victim got to the home, he says there was a setup in place with several other guys there.

“Suddenly the boys who were playing basketball, they attacked from one side and the other boys from the other side, and they started hitting me,” said the victim.

That victim had minor injuries after finally throwing the money at them and the suspects took off, but another of the three recent victims suffered broken bones and had to go to the hospital. Police are pleading with people to use public space for meeting up.

“We’re going as far as saying go to a police station parking lot, if it’s a legitimate transaction that person doing the selling will meet you there,” said Officer Allen.

More: CMPD arrests 3 in Craigslist robberies

Local police station locations are as follows:

  • Central Division- 119 E. 7th Street
  • Eastway Division- 3505 Central Avenue
  • Freedom Division- 4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
  • Hickory Grove Division- 5727-A North Sharon Amity Road
  • Independence Division- 9315-G Monroe Road
  • Metro Division- 1118 Beatties Ford Road
  • North Division- 10430-R Harris Oaks Blvd.
  • North Tryon Division- 4045 N. Tryon Street
  • Providence Division- 715 N. Wendover Road
  • South Division- 8050 Corporate Center Drive
  • Steele Creek Division- 2227 Westinghouse Blvd.
  • University City Division- 8401 University Executive Park Drive
  • Westover Division- 1540 West Blvd.
Published in: on September 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

September 17, 2014 East Charlotte Home Invasion Leaves Man Dead

From, September 17, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating a deadly shooting during a home invasion in east Charlotte early Wednesday morning, September 17, 2014.

Police said officers were called to a home on Rupert Lane around 3:30 a.m. and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Medic.

Police said that the two suspects forced entry into the home and confronted the owners of the house. After a brief altercation one of the suspects shot the victim in the home, according to police. The suspects then fled the scene.

The victim has been identified as Michael Angelo Crawford, 44.

Police are canvassing the area to determine whether there are any witnesses to this incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.

Published in: on September 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Sgt. Shoots, Wounds Man Who Pointed Gun at Him on September 12, 2014

From The Charlotte Observer by Steve Lyttle, September 13, 2014

An off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot and wounded a man after the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the officer during a foot chase Friday night, September 12, 2014, in east Charlotte.

The wounded man suffered minor injuries and has been arrested. Police said they are looking for another suspect in the case.

Investigators said police received a 911 call about 10:45 p.m. Friday about shots being fired in the 5600 block of Farm Pond Lane, near Albemarle Road. An off-duty officer, Sgt. Henry Rozell, was working nearby and said he saw two people shooting weapons.

Rozell said he told the men to drop their weapons, but he said they ran to a nearby apartment complex. One of the men pointed his gun at Rozell during the chase, the officer said. A short time later, police said, the two men turned and pointed their guns at Rozell again, and the officer fired, striking one of the men.

That wounded man was identified as Franswa X. Crawford, 31. He was treated at Carolinas Medical Center and then charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer; discharging a firearm within city limits; and resisting, obstructing and delaying.

Police launched a manhunt for the other suspect, calling out their helicopter and K-9 unit. But the man got away.

As is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, CMPD will investigate to determine whether Rozell followed department polices. IN addition, he has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is also standard policy.

Police said Rozell, who is assigned to the Independence Division, has been with CMPD since May 2000.

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Published in: on September 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Right to Keep & Bear Arms in Action: Woman Uses Her Gun To Ward Off Abduction

From The Daily Caller, August 30, 2014

A woman who is licensed to carry a gun but had only recently started carrying one for protection put it to good use earlier this week.

Dinah Burns was out walking her dog, Gracie, on a path near an elementary school on Monday, August 25, 2014 when two men approached her with a baseball bat and threatened to abduct her.

Woman Uses Her Gun To Ward Off Abduction

“Two guys came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said ‘You’re coming with us,’” Burns told WBNS, adding that Gracie was little help in deterring the men.

Thankfully, Burns had something else for protection.

“I said, ‘Well, what do you want?,’ and as I was saying that I reached in to my pocket and slipped my gun out, slipped the safety off as I pulled it out,” Burns said.

“As I was doing that the other gentleman came toward me and raised the baseball bat. And, I pointed the gun at them and said, ‘I have this and I’m not afraid to use it.’”

The men backed off and left, Burns told the news station.

“I think if they’d gotten any closer, I probably would have fired,” she said, citing her concealed carry training which taught her “to get out of a situation, back out, get out of it as much as you can without having to discharge your firearm.”

“[I’m] very thankful that it turned out the way it did, and hope it doesn’t happen again, but I will be prepared,” Burns said.

The number of people obtaining concealed carry pistol permits has increased across the nation. For example, Ohio, which began issuing concealed carry permits in 2004, has experienced a massive surge of new concealed carry permit requests. According to an article from the Columbus Dispatch earlier this year, 96,972 new permits were issued in 2013 — a 50 percent increase from 2012. Permit renewals quadrupled over the same time span to 48,370.

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 11:26 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Investigates 2 Shootings, Home Invasion on August 28, 2014

From, August 29, 2014

It was a busy night for officers in Charlotte overnight Thursday, August 28, 2014 as Officers responded to two separate shootings and one violent home invasion.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say shots were fired into an apartment building on Griers Grove Road in north Charlotte. One person was struck in their side and is in the hospital with life threatening injuries. Another person was injured by shattered glass. There were five kids and four adults inside the unit, and officials say none of the kids sustained injuries.

Just a short distance away, officers responded to a violent home invasion on Hudson Graham Lane. Authorities say two men broke into the residence and badly beat the homeowner.

Shortly after midnight, police responded to another shooting in the 5700 block of Eastbrook Road in east Charlotte. One person was taken to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

All three cases remain under investigation, and police are searching for suspects in each incident. If you have any information that may help police, give them a call at (704) 334-7600

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 11:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Suspect Accused of Using Stun Gun on Charlotte Store Employee Arrested on August 29, 2014

From, August 29, 2014

A man wanted for using a stun gun on store employee has been arrested in Charlotte.

Joshua Ervin Bethea, 27, faces three counts each of armed robbery and assault on a female.


Detectives obtained warrants for Bethea during the investigation. He was located Friday, August 29, 2014 on Delham Drive and arrested without incident.

Police say this arrest illustrates the importance of the community and police working together.

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Apprehends Man Who Escaped Rowan Co. Custody

From, August 29, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police apprehended a man who escaped from custody in Rowan County last month.

Jameel Kenneth Stephens-Maddox, 21, escaped police custody while awaiting a bond hearing at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office on July 9.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police developed information on Stephens-Maddox’s location and acted upon it early Friday morning, August 29, 2014.

Around 7:30, the CMPD SWAT team surrounded a home on Sharview Circle in southwest Charlotte, established contact with Stephens-Maddox and talked him into surrendering peacefully, police say.

Stephens-Maddox was arrested in Rowan County on July 9 on seven outstanding warrants, but not before attempting to elude officers when they came to his home to serve the arrest warrant. Once in custody, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says Stephens-Maddox, who was handcuffed to a bar in the Magistrate’s Office, was able to free his hands from the cuffs, run out the door, jump onto a patrol car inside the fenced-in area of the Magistrate’s Office, and make his way over the razor wire fence.

Stephens-Maddox was served the original arrest warrant in Rowan County for three charges of resist, delay and obstruct, assault on a female, possession of a firearm by a felony and driving charges.

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 11:08 am  Leave a Comment  

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