Case Update: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Sexual Assault Unit continues to aggressively investigate the recent sexual assault cases that occurred at the Yorktown Apartments on Tyvola Drive and are working several leads. Sexual Assault Unit detectives and Westover Division officers have conducted numerous canvasses of the apartment complex and surrounding neighborhoods. Detectives are asking the local television stations and newspapers to broadcast and publish the attached photo.
Detectives believe this distinct spray can is important to the investigation and that the suspect left this can behind at the scene of the sexual assault that occurred on September 21, 2009.
If anyone in the public recognized an individual carrying this pictured item or has any additional information regarding these cases they’re asked to call Sexual Assault Unit Detective Mike Melendez at 704-353-0560. We’re also asking anyone in the neighborhood who notices anything or anyone suspicious to immediately call 911.
Additionally anonymous tips on these cases can be called in to our Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600. Tipsters may earn a cash reward of up to $1,000, for information helpful to the cases.
Residential Burglaries / Sexual Assaults at Yorktown Apartments
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Sexual Assault Unit is investigating three sexual assaults and residential burglaries that may be related.
On Monday October 19, 2009 at just after 8:00 am, Westover Division officers were dispatched to a sexual assault at the Yorktown Apartments on Tyvola Drive.
When officers arrived the victim stated the suspect broke into the apartment through the rear sliding glass door and sexually assaulted her.
On September 21, 2009 a victim stated she was sexually assaulted after the suspect forcibly broke into her Yorktown apartment
Just after 10:00 pm on February 28, 2009, Westover Division officers were dispatched to the Yorktown Apartments, the victim told officers the suspect forcibly entered her apartment before sexually assaulting her.
On October 7, 2009 another sexual assault was reported on Kentland Drive which is adjacent to the apartment complex, but it was determined that case was not related to the three other cases at Yorktown Apartments. A suspect has been arrested in the Kentland Drive case.
Following this morning’s incident a full compliment of Sexual Assault detectives and Westover Division officers extensively canvassed the area in and around the apartment complex and will canvass the area again tonight as the residents return home from work.
Westover Divisions officers have also been working with the Yorktown Apartment management to make residents aware of the crimes. Officers have been assigned to the apartment complex for more than a month to address other incidents such as burglaries and larceny from autos. In fact an officer was patrolling the other side of the complex when the incident occurred this morning, but the suspect eluded the officer before his arrival. Officers and detectives have conducted numerous field interviews and zone checks within the complex during the past two months.
Based on the suspect’s physical and clothing description, we believe that one suspect may be responsible for all three crimes.
The suspect is described as a black male approximately 25 years old. He’s reported to be tall with a slim build wearing a black ski mask, gloves, black shirt, and black pants. The suspect may also have a cut on one of his fingers.
The CMPD crime lab continues to process evidence obtained from the crime scenes.
CMPD encourages anyone in the area who notices anything or anyone unusual to immediately call 911.
Anyone with information regarding these cases can call lead Detective Mike Melendez at 704-353-0560 or phone anonymous tips into Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
CMPD Public Affairs Coordinator