CMPD Independence Division Releases April 2014 Newsletter

April 2014

Greetings Everyone,

Spring is officially here! So far, our crime numbers continue to do well for the Response Area. As of Monday morning, Part One crimes are down -8.6%. We experienced one armed robbery from business at Crownpoint Movie Theater. Officers conducted a thorough investigation over the next few days after the incident and the suspect was arrested during an unrelated call for service.

We have experienced an increase in Larceny from Auto in our commercial and apartment complex areas. The Sardis Road North and Village Lake areas have been targeted by means of lock punches and window breaks. Fortunately, two groups have been identified and arrested for the Larceny from Autos, so we are anticipating the larceny from auto to level out.

As the weather becomes warmer, we tend to see more and more foot traffic in the community. Be mindful when you are our running errands. Choose shopping centers that you are familiar with and only park in well lit parking areas. Make a point to check for any subjects who appear to be sitting dormant in their cars or subjects on foot that could be looking for opportunity.

Also, as spring break approaches, be mindful not to broadcast on social media that you will be out of town. Either have your mail stopped or have a trusted neighbor collect it daily for you. CMS schools’ spring break will be April 14-18.

In this issue I will cover the following:

28 day Crime Statistics
Key Arrests
Char-Meck Alert notifications
Char-Meck Court Watch
Social media crime prevention

Lieutenant Dave Cristy, Charlotte-Meckelnburg Police Dept., Independence Division

The first Quarter closed out for us with crime down 9% to start the year. That is great since we are coming off a year of 12% reduction!!

Violent Crime up 67% for the Year

Violent crimes are Homicides, Rapes, Robberies, and Aggravated Assaults.
Violent crime is up from LOW numbers last year. The robbery numbers are in line with our three year average.

• In 28 days we had 7 reported violent crimes:

1 rape (suspect is known to victim), 1 commercial robbery (cleared by arrest), 4 personal robberies, and 1 aggravated assault (no serious injury). Of the robberies, one was an attempt only. One was cleared by arrest; one was reported 8 days later and two have no leads.

Property Crime down 13% for the Year

• The number of Residential burglaries is down 10 from last year at this time. Our three year average for Breaking & Entering over a 28-day period is 2.4 per week. For this cycle, our response area is averaging 1 breaking and entering per week.

• Year to date, Larceny from Auto is up 38% compared to last year. This 28 day period we’ve had 24 reported compared to 10 last year for the same 28 days. Our increase in Larceny from Autos can be attributed to two groups that have been identified and arrested. One of these groups targeted various areas throughout the entire city, causing citywide numbers to increase as well.
This group included:

Irving Alvarado
H/M 12/19/96
Misdemeanor Larceny
*LFA suspect that was identified

Omar Jalam Cook
B/M 09/16/1988
Two counts attempted 1st degree murder, two counts assault on emergency personnel

Christopher Chisholm
B/M 02/12/95
Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle
*suspect arrested by Steele Creek officers in relation to citywide Larceny from Autos

Domonique Chisholm
B/M 03/18/1993
Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
*suspect arrested by Steele Creek officers

Nicholas Earl Waugh
W/M 01/18/1990
Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, 1st Degree Kidnapping, Assault with Serious Bodily Injury


CharMeck Alerts is being implemented due to the increasing number of our community members that use their mobile devices (cell phone and email) instead of landline home phone numbers for geo-notifier/reverse 911 alerts.

With this new alert system, YOU choose your preferred method(s) of delivery: text, phone, and/or email.

For more information and to get signed up go to

CharMeck Court Watch

Have you ever thought…What can I do to make my community safer? Here’s your chance!

Did You Know…

•97% of all criminal cases in Mecklenburg County are PLEA deals. Only 3% of cases each year ever go to a jury trial.

•Appromimately 50% of all felonies are dismissed during a plea deal.

•The local jail (intake) is approximately 1/3 empty.

Ways to get involved for the Independence Division:

•Learn how to track offenders impacting your neighborhood

•Sit in on court sessions of offenders being tracked to demonstrate community concern.

•Collect data from court hearings which will be posted on CharMeck Court Watch’s website for public view

•Attend bi-weekly meetings (2nd & 4th Tuesday each month) with other courtwatch members

If you would like to get involved, please contact us via one of the options below:

Officer Wes Corell 704(841-1477)

Officer Alissa Whaley 704(841-1477)

Our bi-weekly meetings are held at the Independence Division Team office located at 9315 Monroe Road, Suite G.

Social Media Crime Prevention For Parents

If your child has a smartphone or ipad/ipod chances are he/she may have one of these apps which are highly used in social media.

We strongly encourage parents to monitor their child’s social media accounts daily.


* Know your child’s username and password and check it periodically. There are many texting apps available to the public that allow for mobile phone users to text without it showing up on the phone bill.

* Implement rules of when your child cannot be glued to their social media (dinner, bedtime, homework).

* Enforce the rules that you have established!






Published in: on April 14, 2014 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  

2 Charged in Murder of Man Whose Body was Found on Charlotte Road in March 2014

From, April 11, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Friday that a man found dead on a roadway in west Charlotte last month was murdered in Gaston County then dumped.

Police say their investigation thus far revealed Brian Dale Jones, 41, was murdered somewhere in Gaston County and dropped off in the 8900 block of Old Dowd Road late one Sunday night in late March.

Murder victim Brian Dale Jones

Gaston County Police determined Jones was killed in the 200 block of Green Chapman Road.

Gaston County Police arrested two people in connection with Jones’ murder on Friday: 49-year-old Avery Joe Lail and 56-year-old Delia Aldridge Rick.

(L) Avery Joe Lail, Jr.; (R) Delia Aldridge Rick

Lail is charged with first-degree murder; Rick is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

An officer was conducting routine patrol of the area when he discovered Jones laying in Old Dowd Road suffering from apparent trauma.

The officer immediately called for Medic to respond to the scene. Jones was pronounced dead on scene a short time later by Medic.

The investigation of this case is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Lail is held in the Gaston County Jail without bond; Rick is held with a $100,00 bond.

Published in: on April 14, 2014 at 11:08 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Officer Alerts Sleeping Residents to House Fire on April 10, 2014

Fom, April 11, 2014

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer is being hailed a hero for noticing smoke coming from a home and awakened two residents from inside the burning home.

Thursday night, April 10, 2014, around 10:45, Eastway Division Officer Richard Vivas was on routine patrol in the 2300 block of Kilborne Drive when he spotted smoke coming from a residence.

Officer Vargas alerted the two occupants of the burning home, who had both been sleeping, and escorted them to safety.

The Charlotte Fire Department was called out and quickly doused the flames.

No injuries were reported, and foul play is not suspected.

Published in: on April 14, 2014 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Investigating April 12, 2014 Albemarle Rd. Shooting

From, April 13, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a shooting in Charlotte.

Police investigating shooting on Albemarle Rd

Police say around11:30 Saturday night, April 12, 2014, shots were fired and bullets struck a vehicle and its driver in the 6400 block of Albemarle Road near the intersection of Winterhaven Drive.

MEDIC says one person was transported to the hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries.

Published in: on April 14, 2014 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  

7 Found Guilty in Mecklenburg Drug Cases in First Week of April 2014

From The Charlotte Observer by Steve Lyttle, April 10, 2014

A Charlotte man was sentenced to nearly three years in prison after being convicted last week in a Mecklenburg County court on drug trafficking charges, the District Attorney’s office says.

Marty Lewis, 43, was sentenced by Judge Linwood Foust to between 35 and 51 months in prison. Lewis was among seven people found guilty of drug charges in Mecklenburg County last week.


Marty Lewis, 43, of Charlotte was among seven people convicted of drug charges last week in a Mecklenburg County court. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)

A jury convicted Lewis of trafficking in cocaine by transportation; trafficking in cocaine by possession; possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; and possession of marijuana.

Investigators said Lewis was stopped by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in early February 2013. Prosecutors said police alleged the vehicle smelled like marijuana. Officers said they found marijuana and 124 grams (4 ounces) of cocaine.

According to court records, Lewis is appealing his conviction.

Prosecutors said six other defendants entered guilty pleas in their cases:

Dontavis Davis, 35, felony possession of marijuana; sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation.

Shea Kirkpatrick, 24, felony possession of marijuana; 4-14 months in prison, suspended if Kirkpatrick completes 18 months of supervised probation.

Lamont Lindsey, 27, felony possession of marijuana; 5-15 months in prison, suspended if Lindsey compltes 12 months of supervised probation.

John Miller, 22, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia; 6-17 months in prison, suspended if Miller completes 18 months of supervised probation.

Efren Torres-Rodriguez, 29, trafficking in cocaine by possession; 35-51 months in prison.

Tracy Watts, 42, trafficking in heroin by possession; 70-93 months in prison.

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Published in: on April 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD, Raleigh Police Have New Tool for Domestic Violence

From The Associated Press, April 6, 2014

Two of North Carolina’s largest police departments are using a question-and-answer protocol to determine the danger level of domestic-violence victims and get them help more quickly than in the past.

Raleigh and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are using the Lethality Assessment Program, which is used in 32 states. The immediate goal is to make victims aware of their danger so they seek various kinds of help, including counseling and seeking refuge in a shelter.

An officer just has to get an affirmative response to one of the first three of 11 questions to trigger a referral to a domestic violence help group.

Raleigh police Sgt. Tracy Turner says LAP allows victims to see quickly whether they’re in danger.

Published in: on April 7, 2014 at 7:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Suspects Sharged After Five Shot Near Charlotte Cookout Restaurant on March 30, 2014

From, April 4, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have made multiple arrests after five people were shot near a Cookout restaurant.

Officers responded to the scene in the 4300 block of Sunset Road on March 30 around 1:20 a.m. Police say the incident started as a fight in the Cookout parking lot.

Police found five people suffering from gunshot wounds when they arrived. Paramedics took all of them to local hospitals for treatment.

Detectives identified three suspects based on evidence found at the scene. The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team located them Friday morning.

Following interviews with police, 18-year-old Michael Moore, 18-year-old Demontravis Reid and 19-year-old Rodney Reid are charged with attempted murder. They also face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Suspects charged after five shot near Charlotte Cookout

Rodney Reid, Demontravis Reid, Michael Moore – PhotoCredit: CMPD

Anyone with more information should call 704-432-TIPS.

Published in: on April 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Victim Identified in Fatal April 5, 2014 Charlotte Shooting, Suspect in Custody

From, April 5, 2014

An active police situation in Charlotte concluded in the afternoon of Saturday, April 5, 2014 with a man’s arrest.

Police responded to the scene in the 3100 block of Seymour Drive on Saturday afternoon for a report of a gunshot wound.

Diane Burns, 51, was taken to CMC Main with life-threatening injuries. She was later pronounced dead a the hospital.

The SWAT Team was called in to assist with the situation. A witness, who was inside the house at the start of the altercation tells NBC Charlotte,  the suspect was arguing with the victim after she allegedly stole his money. The suspect, whose name has not been released, is accused of shooting Burns.

Witnesses tell NBC Charlotte they heard about five shots.

The man barricaded himself inside a home on Seymour Drive but surrendered after a short time.

Published in: on April 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Police Say Man Accused in 2013 JCSU Sexual Assaults is a ‘Predator’

Officers believe the suspect is a predator who has been strategically targeting women in Charlotte for more than a decade, but he has only served one year in prison

From by Erica Bryant

The community and police were stunned after two sexual assaults occurred on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in the fall of 2013.

“It’s my nightmare,” said JCSU President Ronald Carter. “The nightmare of any administrator.”

In a 9 investigation, Channel 9 learned officers believe the suspect is a predator who has been strategically targeting women in Charlotte for more than a decade, but he has only served one year in prison.

Maj. Mike Smathers got an alert within minutes of two alleged sexual assaults in October.

“Multiple sexual assaults took place for both women,” Smathers said.

He said the incidents sent shockwaves through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department because among officers, the man that was accused, Frederick Eugene Sullivan, is notorious.

9 investigates: Police say man accused in JCSU sexual assaults a ‘predator’ gallery

Since 1995, Sullivan was named in 13 cases and arrested seven times on sexual assault charges.

“Unequivocally, he is a serial rapist,” Smathers said.

A 14-year-old girl accused Sullivan of raping her at Oaklawn Cemetery. Others ranged in age from 16 to 24.

Some said Sullivan held them at knife point during the attacks. Most of the cases ended in dismissals or plea deals.

“He’s never suffered a severe consequence for the acts that we believe he’s committed,” Smathers said.

Smathers said part of the challenge in prosecution is that to the accusers, Sullivan is not a stranger.

“It’s the toughest crime to prove in court,” victims’ advocate Brandy Stephens said.

Stephens said in more than 90 percent of sex assaults, women know their attacker. They’re casual acquaintances, friends, co-workers or relatives.

She said women can be hesitant to testify because of shame, fear or threats and concerns that their credibility is on trial.

“Which is unfortunate, because it really should be about the defendant and what the defendant’s behavior was and it’s on the prosecution and sometimes it’s a ‘he said, she said,’” Stephens said.

Smathers said he believes Sullivan methodically plots his own evidence, initiating and saving previous communication with his victims to use in court  later.

“Obviously, you can read a lot into texts. There can be ambiguity to texts and they can be subject to interpretation,” he said.

It will likely all come up in court in the two most recent cases at JCSU, as detectives hope to show a pattern of behavior, introducing cases from Sullivan’s past so he will stay behind bars.

Sullivan is in jail on a $1.3 million bond. Channel 9 contacted his public defender but never heard back about a comment from him or a court date.

Published in: on April 4, 2014 at 8:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Third Teen Charged in March 30, 2014 Murder of Charlotte Man

From by Jenna Barnes, April 2, 2014

A third teenager charged in a deadly crime spree that took place on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 2014 will appear in court Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested 16-year-old Bobby Hargrove on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and charged him with felony accessory after the fact in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Ronald Gullette at his home on Hemby Woods Drive.

Third teen charged in death of Charlotte man

Sixteen-year-old Randy Lloyd and a 15-year-old juvenile are also charged in connection with his death. Lloyd made his first court appearance Tuesday. He’s being held without bond for the murder charge.

Police say the group of teenagers met up in Center City Charlotte to commit a series of armed robberies. By the end, police say they robbed four people and shot and killed Gullette.

Police are still searching for two additional suspects but would not release their names or descriptions.

Published in: on April 2, 2014 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  

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