Charlotte Sees Rise in Violent Crime in 2015

From http://www.wcnc.com by Glen Counts, January 27, 2016

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released their end of the year crime stats for 2015 on Wednesday morning.

It was a report card that was expected to be poor, showing a dramatic increase in violent crime.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get the impact on the overall crime rate we would have liked,” said Chief Kerr Putney.

Cheif Putney delivered the bad news and didn’t make any excuses.

Homicide was up 36%, robbery 22%, rape 11%, and overall violent crime increased 18%.

“It’s difficult, we get the environment, but I think Charlotte is better than that– we need to get our people who witness, who see some of these criminal activities to cooperate.”

Putney was not surprised by any of those numbers, but the one stat that caught his attention was a dramatic rise in home invasions.

There were 156 last year– an increase of 46%; police say 51% of those were drug related.

“It takes a brazen kind of person to go into a home that he suspects is occupied and be armed and encounter people with the intent of robbing them,” said Putney.

He hopes the increase does not overshadow the work officers are doing. He says they have been aggressive and cites the number of citizen contacts as proof. In 2012 there were 42,000, and by 2015 that number nearly doubled to 81,000.

“I want to talk about the work, because if you look at the numbers, I know a lot of people might think our officers have not been as proactive as they should be, I vehemently dispute that our officers have been as proactive as ever,” said Putney.

He has asked for more officers, and City Council members are considering that request. In the short term Putney says he intends to measure progress neighborhood by neighborhood.

“I am looking at how we spot reduce in areas that are hotspots, chronic hot spots, because I’m not just looking for crime fighters, I’m looking for people who solve problems.”

Published in: on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Man Wanted in Connection to Eastern NC Murder

From http://www.wcnc.com, January 28, 2016

Scotland Neck Police are searching for two suspects wanted in connection with the shooting death of a man in Scotland Neck.

Tyquan Ramont Powell of Charlotte and Lamonte Kentrell Lloyd of Scotland Neck are both wanted for murder and other related charges.

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Jimmy R. Daniels, 24, of Scotland Neck, was shot Tuesday evening as he sat in a vehicle near the intersection of Grace and 11th street in Scotland Neck. Two other passengers in the vehicle also sustained gunshot injuries.

Police officers responded to the area, which is only blocks from the police department, after receiving a 911 call about the shooting. Arriving officers learned that the victims left the scene and were being treated by EMS personnel near Our Community Hospital in Scotland Neck.

The victims were transported by EMS to the Our Community Hospital. Daniels and one other victim were flown by Vidant East Care to Vidant Medical Center. Daniels was pronounced dead a short time later. The third victim was treated and released.

Powell last known address is in Mecklenburg County and was visiting Scotland Neck, police said.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations and Halifax County Sheriff’s office is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information or whereabouts of Powell or Lloyd is encouraged to call Scotland Neck Police Department at (252) 826-4111 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at (252) 583-4444.

Published in: on January 28, 2016 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Asking for Help Identifying South Charlotte Bank Robbery Suspect

From http://www.wcnc.com, January 28, 2016

Detectives with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspected bank robber.

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At approximately 10:45 Thursday morning, an unknown male entered the Fifth Third Bank at 7530 Pineville-Matthews Road and handed an employee a note demanding money. When the suspect received the money, police say he fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black male, around 5-foot-7 with a medium build, and was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and sweatpants.

Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on January 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Makes Arrests in December 2015 Southwest Charlotte Triple Homicide

From the Charlotte Observer by Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., January 28, 2016

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they have made an arrest in a triple shooting in southwest Charlotte last month that left two brothers and another man dead.

Antonio Lafloyd Robinson, 34, and Jovon Raymar Twitty, 34, are both charged with three counts of murder in the killings.

Police say they killed brothers Naquivs Aqueece Benson and Jarvis Mandrell Benson and also shot and killed Javarius Deshawn McGee on China Grove Road in the Steele Creek community.

Maj. Cam Selvey said the killings were drug-related but wouldn’t give more details or say what led officers to identify Twitty and Robinson as suspects.

Robinson was arrested in Lancaster, S.C., by members of CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team, who are authorized to pursue suspects across state lines. Twitty was arrested at a Charlotte hotel and was being interviewed by detectives late Thursday.

Selvey said the arrests came as a welcome relief for detectives, who investigated more homicides in 2015 than in the prior six years. The arrests mean that all six killings in December have been solved, during a year when homicide clearance rates have lagged, Selvey said.

Koketa Hood, the Benson brothers’ aunt and a Charlotte preschool teacher, said the brothers grew up in Lancaster, S.C. Naquivs Benson lived in Charlotte, where he was a culinary student who wanted “to do something different with his life.” She last saw him on Thanksgiving showing off his culinary skills smoking and deep frying turkeys and making desserts that “melted in your mouth.”

Relatives said Naquivs Benson had been shot before and was told by doctors he’d be paralyzed. Instead, he walked with a limp. They described the brothers as lively and funny. “They were always together,” said Shanta Montgomery, a cousin.

All three victims had run-ins with the law, South Carolina court records show. Naquivs Benson served prison time for trafficking ecstasy two years ago and was given probation for unlawfully carrying a pistol in 2005, records show.

Mandrell Benson was convicted of drugs and weapons charges and McGee was found guilty of two drug charges, records show.

The brothers had recently lost a friend in Lancaster to gunfire. “They were trying to get away from Lancaster to get away from the mess,” said Stacie Coleman, another aunt.

Published in: on January 28, 2016 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Police Charge Man In November 3, 2015 Home-Invasion Shootout With Charlotte Army Medic Mom

From crimeincharlotte.com, November 9, 2015

A man has been charged in the shooting and serious injury of an Army National Guard combat medic while she was feeding her baby in her East Charlotte home.

23-year-old Reco Latur Dawkins Jr. is charged with felony breaking and entering, attempted murder, and conspiracy. Dawkins turned himself in to the violent criminal apprehension team of the police department Sunday morning, according to police.

Right before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 intruders knocked on 21-year-old Semantha Bunce’s front door, rang her doorbell, then kicked the door in. Bunce had been feeding her baby.

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When the intruders entered the house on Matlea Court, Bunce retrieved her gun and exchanged shots with the suspects at her bedroom door, according to family members.

Bunce was shot several times during the exchange. She was recovering at Carolinas Medical Center on Sunday.

Bunce’s baby was not injured in the incident.

Initially, police had thought more than one intruder was involved in the home invasion, but it was unclear on Sunday if investigators were searching for another person in the shooting.

Bunce’s husband, Paul Bunce III, said he believes the training his wife had as a U.S. Army 105th Engineer Battalion member is what helped her stay calm and focused during the shooting that could have been fatal.

Dawkins had been arrested several times previously, beginning when he was a teenager, on breaking and entering and other charges.  His arrest on Sunday was his seventh within the last three years, the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office said.

Family members and police believe the crime was a random act.

Published in: on November 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Woman Shot, Seriously Injured In November 3, 2015 Home-Invasion Shooting

From crimeincharlotte.com, November 4, 2015

Someone shot and seriously injured a woman in northeast Charlotte after attempting to rob her home late Tuesday morning, November 3, 2015 according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Just before 10 a.m., police were called to the home in the 6400 block of Matlea Court, off Plaza Road Extension. The victim was found there with a gunshot wound. Medic said she was taken to the hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

According to police, the woman had been with a baby inside the home when the suspects kicked in her front door.

Before leaving, the suspects shot the woman, a CMPD news release said. The child was left unharmed in the incident.

The number of suspects involved is unknown, according to police. Based on initial information provided to police, the victim likely did not know the suspects.

Police ask anyone with information on the crime to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.

Published in: on November 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Up to $25,000 Reward Offered In October 30, 2015 Charlotte Armored Truck Robbery

From crimeincharlotte.com, November 7, 2015

Two men are wanted in the robbery of a Loomis armored truck company employee. The company is offering an up to $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrests and conviction of the suspects.

The robbery occurred on Oct. 30 around 1:30 p.m. in a Bank of America parking lot located in the 6400 block of Albemarle Road, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

It has not been said by police the amount of money that was taken.

According to police, one of the suspects was about 5-feet-10-inches tall, 160 pounds, and in his late 30’s. He was wearing a black hoodie and jeans and sunglasses.

The second robber is described as having a heavy build and 5-feet-9-inches tall. He was wearing a black trench-style jacket and black pants.

Police ask anyone with information on the robbery to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600.

Crime Stoppers also offers a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, in addition to the one offered by Loomis.

Published in: on November 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Link Shooting On Halloween To Illegal Liquor Locations

From crimencharlotte, November 11, 2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have linked a shooting that happened on Halloween to one of 17 illegal liquor establishment locations in Charlotte, federal court records show.

The shooting happened at 3631 Statesville Ave. A victim in the shooting, Darius Jenkins, said he had been at a Carolina Hot Boyz Motorcycle Club clubhouse when a fight started. Jenkins told investigators he heard two gunshots outside of the clubhouse, then started running away and realized he had been shot in the leg, according to documents.

Police charged Kenneth Witherspoon with unlawfully possessing a firearm.

The shooting occurred just days after police had identified that clubhouse and another one at 2630 Statesville Ave. as two of the 17 locations that had been raided for illegal liquor distribution in the last year.

The second location is not active anymore, the CMPD release on Oct. 21 said.

These clubs had been linked to 13 people shot and four homicides, according to CMPD in October.

Over Labor Day week, someone had shot four people in open fire outside a West Boulevard liquor house. A double homicide was also reported on North Hoskins Street.

13 people have been arrested on alcohol charges so far, and they are hoping to prevent more future violence by looking for the establishments they haven’t identified yet.

Police believed the locations’ organizers use social media for advertising parties, according to Eyewitness News.

To report an active liquor house to police, call 911. To report a location that is not operating but suspicious, call 704-336-8423 for the VICE hotline.

Published in: on November 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting Over Labor Day 2015 Weekend

From crimeincharlotte.com, November 11, 2015

The suspect in a fatal shooting on Sept. 6 in East Charlotte was arrested and charged on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Quincy Dushawn McWaine

18-year-old Quincy Dushawn McWaine, of Charlotte, faces murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon charges in the shooting and killing of 30-year-old Elias Izagirre Perez.

The crime happened in the 1100 block of Glenfiddich Drive, off The Plaza, and was one of five that occurred over Labor Day weekend.

McWaine had been in jail already on charges of breaking and entering, conspiracy breaking and entering a building to commit a larceny, and larceny after breaking and entering, according to jail records. These charges were not related to the Sept. 6 crimes.

It has also not been said what evidence led police to the arrest of McWaine.

Anyone with information is encouraged to speak with a homicide detective by calling 704-432-TIPS (8477) 704-334-1600 for Crime Stoppers.

Published in: on November 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Two Charlotte Men Arrested In Armed Robbery at Park Road Wells Fargo

From crimeincharlotte.com, November 12, 2015

Two Charlotte men have been arrested in an assault and robbery case that occurred at a Wells Fargo Branch on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

The armed robbery happened at the branch located in the 4500 block of Park Road at about 10 a.m., according to police.

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Jarrett Edwards, 29, and Anthony Woods, 32, were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Edwards has been jailed on bail set at $125,000. Woods was also jailed on $50,000 bail.

An employee at the bank suffered non-life-threatening injuries due to assault during the robbery, police said. They were taken to the hospital.

The men fled in a white Honda before getting into a gray Ford Fusion, according to police.

Information about the suspects was broadcast to officers immediately, and a patrol officer in the Westover Division began pursuing the Fusion. A canine unit, police helicopter, and officers in the Freedom and Metro divisions attempted to stop the car, but it kept going.

According to police, the Fusion slowed on LaSalle Street and one of the men jumped from the vehicle and ran. The car then continued but sideswiped another vehicle and became disabled.

The Fusion’s driver was arrested. Metro Division officers and a canine unit soon caught the other man who ran.

Police ask anyone with information on the crime to contact Crime Stoppers: 704-334-1600.

Published in: on November 14, 2015 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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