Gun Fire On Gate Post Road

Vehicle Owned by SCP Founder Hit by Bullet; Ricochet Strikes House

 A Honda Civic sedan owned by the Founder of the Stonehaven Community Patrol, Brian Lutes, was struck by a bullet between 6:13 & 6:39 pm on Saturday November 21, 2009 while the vehicle was parked in his driveway. The Lutes’ were not home when the incident took place.

 The bullet struck  and penetrated the car’s hood, passed through two hood reinforcement crossmembers, entered and exited the firewall, traveled upward onto the windshield causing a shatter about the size of a quarter, then ricocheted into the fascia on the garage of the home where it became lodged.

 On the day of the incident SCP members received a call from a Stonehaven resident who reported hearing gun fire in the 6000 block of Gate Post Rd. around 6:30pm, but the Patrol was not in service at that time due to the effort to conserve funds  for use over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

 Then, on Sunday November 22 around 1pm the bullet hole in the hood of the car was discovered.

 Upon interviewing Lutes’ neighbors, a witness to the incident was discovered. The witness reported he was using his computer in the “front room” of his home located diagonally across the street from the Lutes residence when he heard at least one gunshot spurring him to step out his front door where he observed what he believes was a dark-colored sedan back out of Lutes’ driveway and then squeal tires as the vehicle left the scene traveling down Gate Post Rd. toward Rocky Falls at a very high rate of speed.

 It is not know at this time if the incident is related to SCP operations specifically, but it is clear that the gun fire was not a random act such as a “drive-by” gang initiation type shooting due to the fact that the suspect vehicle pulled directly into Lutes’ driveway.

 At this time the cost of repairs to the vehicle is not known, but the vehicle is driveable.

 A report of the incident was made to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept., who sent an Officer to the scene, when the damage to the vehicle was discovered and a criminal investigation into the incident has begun.

 Anyone having information about the incident or anyone who may recall seeing a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Gate Post Road toward Rocky Falls on Saturday November 21, 2009 around 6:30 pm is asked to call the Stonehaven Community Patrol at 980-297-8446 or the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. using the non-emergency 311 phone line.

Published in: on November 23, 2009 at 2:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

McClintock Woods & East Forest Neighborhoods Victimized by Burglars


WARNING: Multiple breaking & entering in the neighborhood on 11/18/2009 (suspects & vehicle photos)

Neighbors, it appears the criminal activity is rising once again in our streets.  Yesterday there were two B&E’s (that I know of) inside our boundaries.  One hit particularly close to home for me, my next door neighbors house.

5800 block of Coatbridge Lane

6900 block of Old Post Rd.

These guys were experienced and very slick.  The came down Old Post Rd., slowed down and then backed up to enter my neighbors driveway once they saw he was not home nor anyone at any house nearby.  The driver enters the home through the back door, kicking it in.  Once inside he opens the front door and comes outside to tell his partner.  His partner and he then enter the house and walk back out with his flat screen TV.  They are gone in less than 10 minutes.

The vehicle used appears to be a dark colored mini-van, possibly a Chrysler or Dodge.  2 black males, average height. 

I was able to catch the activity at my neighbors on security camera, here are the highlights. 
Note: the time on my DVR was still set to DST so the time stamp is 1 hour off.  This occurred from roughly 9:48am to 9:54am on 11/18/2009.

9:48am – Here they are arriving in his driveway

9:50am – Driver has come back outside to get his partner

9:50am – Another angle, the pair entering the house

9:51am – A car drives by while they are inside (does anyone recognize this car?)

9:54am – The two outside with the TV loading it up

9:55am – Leaving the driveway

 Please, if you have any information about any of these events, please contact CMPD.  Let’s keep those lights on and doors locked folks, we don’t want these thugs in our neighborhood!



Published Nov 19 2009, 08:07 AM by Mark Barringer
Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

LA Gang Member Robs Charlotte Bank


Updated: 10:43 pm EST November 17, 2009

Robbery, Chase Suspect Has Criminal History

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eyewitness News learned more about the past of the man police said robbed a Charlotte bank and led them on a chase.

 Investigators in Los Angeles said Carlos Burns is a known gang member. He’s in jail in Mecklenburg County.

 Police said he robbed the Wachovia on West Sugar Creek road in north Charlotte Tuesday Afternoon. They said he fled in a black Honda, at one point throwing cash out the window.

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 The chase lead to Interstate 85 where a truck driver helped police slow Burns down. Troopers surrounded the car, smashing in the windows.

 At one point the car rolled forward, nearly pinning police against a wall. Troopers pulled him out of the car, and took him into custody.

 Burns said he was running from police because he feared for his life.

 Officials in Los Angeles said Burns is a known member of the Rolling 40s Crips gang.

 He was convicted of attempted murder in 2002, but that conviction was later overturned, and he was freed. It’s unclear what brought him to Charlotte.

 Eyewitness News asked him if he robbed the bank.

 “I didn’t rob a bank. I just want to go home,” he said.

 Burns is charged with Common Law Robbery – Business, Felony Flee to Elude, and Resisting arrest.

Published in: on November 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

SCP Now Registered As Non-Profit Corporation

 We are very happy to announce that the Stonehaven Community Patrol has successfully registered as a non-profit corporation with the North Carolina Secretary of State. Our registration # is SOS 1122955.

 We are seeking the “pro bono” assistance of an attorney to formalize our articles of incorporation and to draw up quality corporate bylaws. In addition, we are trying to determine if it is feasible to register with the IRS and, if so, what classification to utilize.

 Also, we have discovered several government programs pertaining to the distribution / donation of Federal surplus property and we hope to qualify for equipment from the programs.

 Our long-term goal is continue to build on what we have started by eventually operating the Patrol 24 hours a day by utilizing cadets attending  North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training courses in our area.

 In addition, again eventually, we hope to convince off-duty police officers to participate in the Patrol to better train the cadets while working to protect the greater Stonehaven Area.

We hope that our registering as a non-profit corporation will enable us to qualify for grants from private organizations as well government agencies.

 But in the meantime, we are still in need of donations to keep the Patrol in operation, so if anyone is able to contribute to the Patrol we would very much appreciate it.

Published in: on November 18, 2009 at 4:45 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Kidnapping Call Has Happy Ending

From CMPD via

Shortly after 9:00 a.m. this morning, Tuesday November 18, 2009, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department received a call for service in reference to a possible kidnapping that took place at the intersection of Sharon Rd and Fairview Rd. A citizen called 911 and reported witnessing a black male suspect trying the door handle of the vehicle and ultimately getting into the passenger side of the car with the possible victim.  The vehicle made an abrupt right turn onto Fairview Rd heading towards Providence Rd.

The possible victim is an older white female, with white hair, last seen wearing a white sweater. The vehicle is a newer model beige or champagne Toyota Camry. Please review the attachment which is similar in style.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his 30’s-40’s, tall and thin, wearing a green colored jacket, baggy beige pants, and a black toboggan.

Anyone with any and all information fitting this description or in the area this morning is asked to call 911 immediately.

As of 4:00 p.m. today, detectives are continuing to investigate this call for service; however we have not been able to confirm any of the preliminary information at this time.  At this point, we have been unable to corroborate this report through any other means that a crime has occurred. Procedures are in place to ensure that any 911 caller reporting a missing person fitting this description will be routed to a detective. We continue to ask the public to call 911 if they have any information pertaining to this event.

Shortly after 4:00 p.m., Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officers from the Providence Division received a call for service in reference to a female fitting the description that returned to the original location. After further investigation, they are acquaintances that have known each other and have been in an employer/employee relationship for several years.  Although today’s events proved to be non criminal, it is the responsibility of CMPD to investigate all information provided by independent witnesses. We wish to thank the community and local media outlets for aiding CMPD during this investigation.  Thankfully, we were able to investigate all leads and come to a safe resolution.

Published in: on November 18, 2009 at 4:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Things Your Burglar won’t Tell You


 1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your
 carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

 I am unaware of any cases in our area tied to legitimate repair or delivery persons, but some homeowners do utilize people who approach their homes offering to do yard work. I don’t recommend hiring people “off the street”.

 2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your
 yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

Again, don’t hire random people for yard work  or gutter cleaning and don’t allow strangers into your home.

 3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means
 there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always
 make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

Toys left outside will also indicate that a woman likely lives in the home. A woman in the home may indicate the presence of jewelry. Secure children’s toys at night, especially bikes.

 4.. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I
 might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you
 to remove it.

 5.. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car
 and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead
 giveaway. Snow isn’t much of an issue here, but un-mowed grass during the summer is a giveaway.

 6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your
 alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That
 makes it too easy.

Thieves know, just as you do, that the little green light means the alarm isn’t activated and the red light means it is.

 7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the
 windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and
 your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

Some thieves will target the master bedroom only, knowing that there will be no motion sensor there and they will not enter the hallway outside the bedroom, because of the likelihood of encountering a sensor.

 8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to
 lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day
 off because of bad weather.

 9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere
 or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.) You don’t have to open the door to speak with someone.

 10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check
 dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

 11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

 12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where
 you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with

 13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm

Timers can be utilized for appliances like televisions, just as theycan be used for lamps. Consult your TV manual. It may have a timer feature built into it.


 1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and
 carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

 2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

 3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If
 your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait
 to hear it again.  If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to
 what he was doing. It’s human nature.

 See #2 directly above-if you hear a noise, look out your windows. Investigate. Call 911 if you see anything unusual.

 4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy
 alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

 5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re
 home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or
 walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds,
 just to pick my targets.

 Many homes can be easily viewed at night from the street due to interior lighting and a lack of window treatments. The glow of computer and television screens are particularly easy to spot.

 6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than
 you think to look up your address.

 7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way
 to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

 8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit
 the jackpot and walk right in.

 At least one burglary in the past month in our area was due to a criminal seizing the opportunity of finding a door unlocked to a home after coming there with the intent of stealing from vehicles in the driveway.

Sgt. Rich Stahnke

Response Area One

Providence Division

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Makes Arrest in East Charlotte Stabbing Death

Case Update: November 16, 2009, 8:50 a.m.

 On Sunday, November 15, 2009, CMPD was able to swiftly locate Carlos Octaviano Andres, DOB, 09/06/1984. Mr. Andres was transported to the Law Enforcement Center and was interviewed by Homicide Detectives in reference to the murder that occurred at 1939 Eastway Drive .  Carlos Octaviano Andres was arrested for the murder of Eric Martinez Garcia, DOB, 08/25/1985. Mr. Andres was also charged with two counts of ADWIKISI (Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury) in reference to the other two victims. Mr. Andres was transported to Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office where he remains in their custody.

 The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is actively looking for additional suspects at this time.  Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a homicide detective or contact Detectives A. Fant at 704-336-8297 or M. Santiago at 704-336-6044. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.    



Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating multiple stabbings that occurred at 1939 Eastway Drive , which left one person deceased. The deceased has been identified; pending notification of next of kin, his name is being withheld.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on November 15, 2009, Eastway Division officers responded to a call for service in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. The altercation stemmed from a verbal disagreement that took place at a local bar. When officers arrived, there were a total of three victims suffering from multiple stab wounds in the parking lot of the Townhomes of Ashbrook. All three victims were transported to CMC Main with life threatening injuries.

Based on initial witness statements, the victims were stabbed subsequent to an altercation in the parking lot. The suspects are described as five Hispanic males, two of which left in a green vehicle. This incident does not appear to be a random event, but rather an ongoing dispute. ADW and Homicide Detectives are in the process of interviewing multiple witnesses.   

This investigation is in its early stages.  Detectives with the Homicide Unit, ADW Unit, Vice and Narcotics, Firearms and Gang Units are on scene and will continue to work the investigation. Crime Scene Search is on scene as well, photographing the scene and collecting physical evidence.

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

 Ofc. Rosalyn “Rozz” Harrington

Public Affairs Officer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

601 East Trade Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

Office: 704-336-2338

Mobile: 980-225-4050

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Significant Event Log For Nov. 12/13

Posted: 11:26 am EST November 13, 2009

Nov. 12 6:40 p.m. Strong Arm Robbery From Person in Independence Division: Female victim was walking out of Harris Teeter at 5700 Wyalong Drive with her husband when a young B/M suspect came up, pushed her, took her purse and fled on foot. Her husband chased the suspect on foot. K-9 responded and tracked and located the victim’s purse and belongings and a 14 yr old suspect was located a short time later as well. No injuries. Robbery Detectives interviewed the suspect.

Nov. 12 5:44 p.m. Armed Robbery From Person in Steele Creek Division: At least 2 suspects forced entry into the apartment at 15800 Umbrella Lane. When officers arrived one of the suspects jumped from the apartment, injured his leg and was taken into custody. Another suspect was located nearby and was detained. Several subjects were interviewed by Robbery Detectives in regards to this investigation. There were no injuries to any of the occupants of the residence. No shots fired. Nov. 12 6:40 p.m. Strong Arm Robbery From Person in Independence Division: Female victim was walking out of Harris Teeter at 5700 Wyalong Drive with her husband when a young B/M suspect came up, pushed her, took her purse and fled on foot. Her husband chased the suspect on foot. K-9 responded and tracked and located the victim’s purse and belongings and a 14 yr old suspect was located a short time later as well. No injuries. Robbery Detectives interviewed the suspect.

 Nov. 12 7:38 p.m. Accident in Roadway-Property Damage in Providence Division: Officer driving vehicle #715 had a minor accident while backing out striking a cement pillar at 1000 Edgehill Road. No injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

 Nov. 12 8:51 p.m. Armed Robbery From Person in Eastway Division: The victim advised that he was walking at 1000 Central Avenue and was approached by 2 B/M suspects. As they approached him, 1 suspect removed a dark colored handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the victim’s chest and demanded property from him. The victim took money from his wallet, suspect #2 took the money from his hand and the suspects fled on foot. Suspects: #1: B/M, 5’7″, 150, 20’s, thin build, black pants & coat and white shoes. #2: B/M, 5’7″, 150, 20’s, thin build, black pants, coat and shoes. No shots fired, no injuries.

 Nov. 12 9:53 p.m. Armed Robbery From Business in Metro Division: 3 B/M suspects wearing masks and scarves to cover their faces entered the Burger King at 2600 Beatties Ford Road, displayed a gun and the suspects stole money then fled on foot. No shots fired, no injuries. Suspects: #1: B/M, 6’3″, black ski mask, gray shirt, black dress pants. #2: B/M, 5’11”, black shirt and pants, red bandanna. #3: B/M, 5’9″, black mask, shirt and pants. K-9 responded with negative results because of the area.

 Nov. 12 10:33 p.m. Accident in Roadway-Property Damage in Central Division: ABC Officer England’s work vehicle was struck by a silver Mazda with aftermarket black wheels driven by a black male driver at 900 N. Tryon Street. The vehicle did not stop when Officer England attempted to stop the vehicle.

 Nov. 12 11:41 p.m. Armed Robbery From Business in North Division: A B/M suspect entered the BP Gas Station at 8300 Old Statesville Road asked for a pack of cigarettes and when the register opened, he pulled out a gun and demanded money from the register. The suspect then fled on foot toward I-77. The suspect was wearing a brown jacket with some type of hood sticking out, blue jeans and had a silver revolver. No shots fired, no injuries. K-9 responded and completed a short track with negative results.

 Nov. 13 12:21 a.m. Armed Robbery From Person in Providence Division: The B/M victim was walking to his vehicle in the parking lot at 4800 Monroe Road when 2 B/M suspects approached him, pointed guns at him, took his wallet and made him lay on the ground before fleeing on foot through the bushes. No shots fired, no injuries. Suspects: #1: B/M, 5’11”, red shirt, black toboggan and jacket and black pistol. #2: B/M, 6’2″, black hoodie, blue jeans and chrome pistol. K-9 responded and was able to get a short track. (Suspects probably got in a car).

 Nov. 13 2:46 a.m. Armed Robbery From Person in Westover Division: The victim advised that a black male and black female robbed him at gunpoint, taking his wallet at 6600 Wisteria Dr. The suspects fled in a green honda accord. No injuries

Published in: on November 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Police: One Man Dead, Two Injured In East Charlotte After Argument

Posted: 6:19 am EST November 15, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One man is dead and two others are critically injured in Charlotte after an argument at a bar Sunday, police said. Eight men started arguing at a bar and then went back to the Townhomes of Ashbrook on Eastway Drive in East Charlotte.

 The argument escalated and three men were stabbed around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

 The five suspects are still on the run, according to police.

 The victims were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries where one man died later and two are still in critical condition.

 Police believe the five male suspects fled the scene in a green vehicle.

 Anyone with information about the incident should call police.

Published in: on November 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cops: SC burglar watched pornographic videos while waiting for victim

Associated Press – November 11, 2009 3:55 PM ET

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) – Police in South Carolina say a man broke into a woman’s home and watched pornography as he waited for her to return.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported Wednesday that 18-year-old Jaquetin Fox of Orangeburg is charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and grand larceny.

Investigators found several knives positioned around the home, and cords cut from blinds and several appliances also appeared to be pre-positioned. An arrest warrant states Fox had been watching pornography on a computer before the woman got home.

She was able to go into a bathroom and call police. Fox ran away.

The woman told police she does not know Fox.

It’s unclear if Fox has an attorney.

 Information from: The Times & Democrat,

Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 5:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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