CMPD Searching For Rapist Now Believed to Have Committed Southeast Charlotte Home Invasion

Rape Suspect Commits Home Invasion, Fires Weapon 3.84 Miles From Stonehaven

From www.wsoctv.com via www.ten8.wordpress.com

November 25, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eyewitness News spoke with a woman who, police say, came face to face with the rapist they’re looking for.

 Yadira Contreras said, through a translator, she and her son were home at the time in her Village Lakes Apartments home in southeast Charlotte, a man came through her front door, and he demanded money and jewelry.

 Police say Contreras told them that, when she didn’t act fast enough, the intruder fired a warning shot at the floor.

 He didn’t rape her, but police now believe the man who was in her apartment is the same man who did rape a woman a few weeks later.

 They said the “biological evidence” found in Contreras’s apartment matches the evidence in the rape case.

 In that case, investigators said, the rapist followed a woman to Woodbridge Apartments after she shopped at the Aldi grocery store on Albemarle Road and burst into her home.

 Just like in Contreras’s case, police said the man pulled a gun and demanded valuables, but, this time, officers said he raped the woman too.

 Contreras didn’t say much about the idea that her attack never got that far or that the suspect may still be on the run.

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Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Search for Robbery Suspect With Unique Tattoos

November 25, 2010

By NewsChannel 36 Staff

www.wcnc.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Police are asking for help in their search for a man who attacked two women in east Charlotte.

The suspect is Hispanic, roughly 30-years-old and between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11. He may have a chin strap-style goatee and he has a tattoo of stars, planets or letters on the webbing of his hand.

Police say he robbed a woman, in front of her young son, at a home on Creekwood Quorum Drive in August.

The suspect allegedly sexually assaulted and robbed another woman at a home on Yateswood Drive in September.

In both incidents the suspect was armed with a large silver revolver and demanded jewelry and money from his victims.

If you recognize the description of the suspect or have any information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 11:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Mint Hill Police Warn Public About Man in Red Pick-Up Approaching & Attempting to Lure Children to Vehicle

From www.wsoctv.com via www.ten8.wordpress.com

MINT HILL, N.C. — Someone in a suspicious vehicle has been watching and taking photos of children, Mint Hill police said.

On Nov. 19, a woman called police and said a man in a faded red pickup truck tried to persuade her 6-year-old daughter to walk over to his vehicle after she got off her school bus. The girl’s mother told police she witnessed the incident, which happened at the intersection of Minnie Lemmond Lane and Raven Top Drive, and that her daughter ran away in tears.

The woman said the truck was a 1990s model and described the man only as an older white male wearing overalls.

On Nov. 22, police investigated a report that a man in a red truck pulled up next to three young girls who were walking together and tried to take photos of them. Officers searched the Versage neighborhood, off Truelight Church Road, but did not find the man or the truck. The driver in this incident was described as an older white male with rusty gray hair and a clean-cut face.

Police ask that area residents be on the lookout for the truck and call police dispatch at 704-889-2231 or 911 if they spot it.

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Matthews Police Warn Neighbors About Door-To-Door Solictors

From News Channel 36 / WCNC, Charlotte, NC

 MATTHEWS, N.C. – Police in Matthews are warning neighbors about door-to-door solicitors after receiving a number of complaints.

Police say they’ve received reports of two white females in their mid- to late 20s who have knocked on doors, saying they are selling magazine subscriptions. According to police the women have said that the proceeds from will somehow support troops in Iraq.

The women have also made statements about being affiliated with UNC-Charlotte.

A preliminary investigation has shown that neither of those statements are true and police believe the subscription sales to be a scam.

If you have anyone approach your residence that fits this description please contact the Matthews Police Department at 704-847-5555.

Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Search for Man After Girl Attacked at Charlotte, NC School Bus Stop

CMPD: West Meck student unhurt; Man grabbed her as school bus approached, let her go after driver screamed.

From The Charlotte Observer of November 13, 2010 via www.ten8.wordpress.com

By Meghan Cooke

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a man they say attacked a West Mecklenburg High School student at her bus stop Friday morning in West Charlotte.

The assailant approached the 16-year-old student around 6:30 a.m. as she waited at her bus stop at Weyland and Greenland avenues off Wilkinson Boulevard.

The man began talking with her and then grabbed her just as the school bus approached, and the driver saw the victim being pulled from the curbside, said Officer Robert Fey.

The man grabbed the student from behind by the neck and buttocks, according to police records, but released her as the bus approached and the bus driver screamed.

Fey said the girl, who was not injured, did not know her attacker. The suspect was described as a black man with dark skin, around 5 feet 8 inches tall and 250 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a green hooded sweatshirt with a dark shirt underneath, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools transportation officials will review the incident to determine whether the bus stop location should be changed, said CMS spokeswoman Kathleen Johansen.

“When something like this happens, it goes to the top of the list,” said Randy Hagler, deputy chief of CMS police.

On Friday afternoon, police patrolled the area and will continue patrols through next week, Hagler said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Staff writer Joe Marusak contributed.

Published in: on November 13, 2010 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  

SCP Responds to Possible Burglary in Progress Call

Stonehaven Community Patrol Officer Brian Lutes responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress call in the 7100 block of Thermal Road in Stonehaven at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

A Thermal Road resident reported that he didn’t think his neighbor was home and that there was a car he had never seen before parked in front of the neighbor’s house. The man expressed concern that his neighbor’s home was being burglarized.

Lutes, who was conducting a daylight patrol following participation in the Carolinas Freedom Foundation Veteran’s Parade, arrived at the reported location just 2 minutes after receiving the call and discovered an older model rusty Oldsmobile sedan parked on the street in front of the home in question.

After trying and failing to ascertain the identity of the resident of the home suspected of being burglarized from neighbors, Lutes checked the home for signs of a burglary and encountered the owner of the home who willingly provided identification verifying that he lived in the home.

The home owner said the car in question parked in front of his home belonged to a family member who had helped conduct a yard sale earlier in the day and expressed thanks for the response to check his home for a possible burglary.

Anyone observing a suspicious vehicle in the Greater Stonehaven Area, especially if parked in front of a home, should notify the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. via 911 and then call the Stonehaven Patrol at 980-297-8446 so the situation can be investigated as quickly as possible.

Published in: on November 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

SCP Apprehends, Detains Individual for Open Lewdness (Urinating in Public )

Stonehaven Community Patrol Officer Brian Lutes apprehended and detained a man near the intersection of Jester Lane and Wheeler Drive in Stonehaven Saturday night (Sunday morning), November 7, 2010 around 1 A.M. after observing him openly urinating in a residential driveway.

Upon investigation it was determined that the intoxicated 31 year-old white male lived at the residence, where the public urinating took place, with his grandmother.

The man, who said he was very embarrassed by the incident, was released to the custody of his grandmother after explaining that he had just been droped off by his girl-friend after attending a party where he obviously consumed too much alcohol. Before releasing the man Lutes checked with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office to make sure the man was not wanted on any outstanding warrants.

Lutes has forwarded a copy of the report of the incident to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. where a decision as to whether or not to prosecute the man for the conduct will be made.

Published in: on November 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm  Comments (2)  

CMPD Seeking Older Model Black Chevrolet Pick-up Truck That May Be Connected to Shooting

Man Shot to Death, Struck By Truck in West Charlotte, NC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police say a man was shot to death and then hit by a car in west Charlotte Tuesday night.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department investigators are searching for a black, older-model Chevrolet pickup truck in connection with the crime. Police say the truck likely has a broken window and may have a pinstripe down its side.

A person called 911 at about 8:44 p.m. Tuesday, saying that a man had been shot and was lying on the ground in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Village Court near Remount Road.

When officers arrived at the scene, they say it appeared that the man had been shot in the chest and he had also been struck by a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has not yet been identified.

Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 10:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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