Brazen Daylight Robbery at Dilworth Showmars Restaurant

By GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 – Feb. 22, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are investigating an armed robbery committed in broad daylight at the Showmars on East Boulevard.

When the suspects went into the restaurant, the manager decided to fight back. He ended up getting cut with a knife, but he was not seriously injured.

The men behind the attack are still on the loose. It all happened at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Three men walked into Showmars. Two were armed with knives and the third had a gun.

“So he was back in the manager office, preparing the deposit when the suspects came in through a front patio door, robbed him and also assaulted him,” said Sgt. R.W. Wilson with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Neighbors and customers were surprised by the holdup.

“This is a very busy street. You have people running, like I said, you have a large amount of businesses here. Just really surprised that happened during the daytime,” said Chris Jackson, a customer at Showmars.

Police don’t have a lot of information about the suspects.

“Best we can guess, according to the manager, the suspects where white males wearing black ski masks and black gloves, which for that area is highly unusual,” said Wilson.

Darren Beam and Holly Disser frequent the area often and are worried because the suspects have not been caught.

“I think this neighborhood is pretty safe and friendly so it worries me a little bit,” said Beam.

Disser feels the same, saying, “This is a pretty safe neighborhood and I feel safe walking around here at night and I guess it’s just surprising.”

Police don’t have a lot to work with on this case. There is no surveillance video and the victim was not able to get a description of the suspects because they were wearing ski masks. There is also no description of the getaway car.

Anyone with information in the case should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on February 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Men Hit With Shotgun Blasts in 2 Separate Incidents in ‘Uptown’ Charlotte


By Steve Lyttle / Charlotte Observer via

February 11, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A pair of shootings early Friday morning kept police busy a short distance south of the uptown area.

Two men were taken into custody after the shootings, police say, adding that victims gave a similar description of the gunmen in the two cases.

The first shooting was reported about 1 a.m. on Kingston Avenue, between South Tryon Street and Mint Street, in the Wilmore community. A man reported being shot in the hip after an argument with two other men. Police say it appeared as if a shotgun was used in the attack.

About 45 minutes later, a man reported being shot in the leg nearby on Southwood Avenue.

It is not clear what led to the shootings, but police said neither of the injuries was thought to be life-threatening.

Published in: on February 11, 2011 at 10:54 am  Leave a Comment  

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Allowed the Release of 890 Imprisoned Deportable Aliens, Convicted of Serious Crimes, Into U.S. in FY 2009

February 10, 2011 by ten8 /

By Edwin Mora / Wednesday, February 09, 2011

( Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) failed to identify more than 800 criminal alien convicts eligible for deportation before they were released from U.S. prisons, including “many” of  “the most egregious criminal aliens, who pose a significant pubic safety risk,” according to a report by the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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These illegal immigrants, deported to Mexico on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, are shown near the Nogales Port of Entry in Sonora, Mexico. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

According to the report, released on Feb. 4, ICE’s Criminal Alien Program, or CAP, “is responsible for identifying criminal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, and local prisons and jails who are eligible for removal from the United States.”

In fiscal year 2009, CAP failed to identify 890 criminal aliens eligible for removal from the United States, according to the report. These criminals had been incarcerated in facilities in Texas and California and were released back into U.S. society.

A criminal alien eligible for removal is a person who is in the United States illegally and is subsequently convicted of a crime or was a legal permanent residents convicted of a removable offense, such as murder and other felonies. 

Once an alien is identified as removable, ICE issues a “detainer” for that individual, which notifies correctional facilities of “ICE’s intent to take custody of an individual in that facility for the purpose of instituting removal proceedings.”

According to the Immigration Policy Center, “If ICE does not take custody within 48 hours, the detainer automatically lapses, and the state/local law enforcement agency is required to release the individual.”

ICE’s Criminal Alien Program is available at all state and federal prisons, in addition to more than 300 local jails throughout the country. ICE requested nearly $200 million for CAP in FY 2010, approximately $50 million more than it was allotted four years earlier.

The Inspector General (IG) report focused on cases involving alien inmates held in federal custody throughout the United States and in state custody in California, Texas, and New York. Those states hold about 64 percent of the foreign-borne U.S. inmate population.

“ICE, through CAP, was successful in identifying 99% of the criminal aliens eligible for removal from the United States in federal custody during FY 2009,” the report stated. “However, identification rates in two of the four states reviewed were not as high. ICE agents did not identify approximately 4% of criminal aliens eligible for removal in California and 2% in Texas.”

The audit later added that the Texas and California FY 2009 rates of non-identified criminal aliens translate to “890 (262 federal and 628 state) out of a total population of 49,033.”

“Many of the 890 criminals are believed to have been Level 1 recidivist criminals,” the report added. “Level 1 are the most egregious criminal aliens, who pose a significant pubic safety risk.”

Level 1 offenses, according to the report, include homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, threats, extortion, sex offenses, cruelty toward family, resisting an officer, illegal weapon possession, hit and run, and drug offenses accompanied by sentences of more than a year.

The audit blamed the “non-identification” of the 890 aliens specifically on ICE agent “staffing challenges,” such as vacancies and “increasing workload levels” created by other criminal alien identification programs. 

According to the report, ICE may have missed vetting some incarcerated criminal aliens eligible for removal because agents are not required to record aliens’ immigration status.

ICE agents “do not always record and retain critical information and documentation used to determine the status of foreign-born inmates incarcerated in federal and state prisons,” the report stated. “This is because ICE procedures do not require agents to record and retain such information.”

“As a result, ICE is unable to provide assurance that its [Criminal Alien Program] agents are screening all potentially removable foreign-born inmates incarcerated in federal and state correctional facilities,” the report continued.

According to the IG report, the screening under the criminal alien removal program refers to “electronic records check and interview that [ICE] agents may conduct to determine if a foreign-born inmate is removable.”

“Rosters of either self-proclaimed foreign-born inmates or all inmates incarcerated” at the state level are sometimes discarded, according to the audit, because ICE agents are not required to keep copies of those documents.

“Without these rosters, ICE cannot verify the number, type, and location of foreign-born inmates identified at federal and state facilities,” the IG report stated.

According to the job description for ICE agents working under the Criminal Alien Program, those agents “are expected to devote 75 percent of their time to detention, deportation, transportation, and escorting, leaving little time for screening and identification duties,” according to the report.

ICE concurred with the IG report recommendations of conducting 100 percent screenings of all criminal aliens and enforcing the retention of all screenings and identifications of foreign-born inmates.

“ICE estimates that 300,000 to 450,000 criminal aliens who are eligible for removal are detained each year at federal, state, and local correctional facilities,” the IG report stated.

Published in: on February 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

2 Robbed Trying To Buy Phone For Sale On Craigslist in Charlotte

by NewsChannel 36 Staff

February 9, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two people were robbed at gunpoint while trying to buy a phone listed for sale on Craigslist.

A 27-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman met the suspect on Highland Park Drive in north Charlotte to purchase a cell phone. They saw the phone listed on Craigslist.

The victims say the suspect robbed them at gunpoint and made off with $400.

Published in: on February 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm  Comments (1)  

Nearly 550 Arrests This Year on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Campuses


 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nearly 550 arrests have been made on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools campuses so far this school year, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Credit: WCNC FILE photo

CMPD released a report on Wednesday that details arrests made at all schools in the CMS district.

A total of 344 arrests were made at high schools, 152 at middle schools and 48 at elementary schools.

To see school-by-school arrest details click the link below:

To see summary of arrest totals click the link below:

Vance High School had the most arrests with 61. That’s up about 660 percent compared to last year’s total of eight arrests. The arrests included charges of drug possession, assault, larceny and carrying a concealed weapon.

E.E. Waddell High School’s arrest rate is up 127 percent, from 11 arrests last year to 25 this year.

East Mecklenburg High saw a 60 percent decrease with 11 arrests so far this year compared to 27 last year.

Independence also saw a decrease with 22 arrests this year compared to 53 last year.

The report details arrests made from August 25, 2010 to Feb. 7.

For middle schools, Spaugh had the most arrests with 18, but that’s down from 21 arrests last year. Seventeen arrests have been made this year at Eastway and James Martin middle schools.

CMS High School Arrests

Ardrey Kell – 2
Berry Academy – 5
E.E. Waddell – 25
East Mecklenburg- 11
Garinger – 56
Harding – 1
Independence – 22
Mallard Creek – 22
Midwood – 1
Myers Park – 29
Northwest – 5
Olympic – 13
Providence – 7
South Mecklenburg – 5
Vance – 61
West Charlotte – 48
West Mecklenburg – 31

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Published in: on February 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stonehaven Patrol Featured on Fox News Charlotte

Police Asking Residents To Lookout For Burglary Duo

By Suzette Rhee / Fox News Charlotte /

February 4, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers are asking residents to be on the lookout for a man and a woman suspected in a series of house break-ins. 

According to investigators, the woman serves as the lookout and the man is the looter.  Police say, “they’re bold in their approach”. 

CMPD Sgt Fred Newell says even when the suspects run into the residents of a home in their own driveway, they manage to getaway with excuses like they were looking for a house and got the wrong address.  The suspects are long gone by the time residents enter their house and realize they were robbed.

To watch the video associated with this story click the link below:

One neighborhood that’s getting the alert is Stonehaven, in South Charlotte.  Its community patrol officer, Brian Lutes, sent out the caution notice to some 1,000 residents on the email network about the burglary suspects in the red Jeep Cherokee. 

Police say it’s critical that residents call 911 if they see anyone or anything suspicious.

Published in: on February 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm  Comments (1)  

Purse Snatcher Pushes Woman To The Ground In Center City Charlotte

February 4, 2011 by ten8

By Jeff Rivenbark / Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Police say a Matthews woman was pushed to the ground during a purse-snatching incident in center city Charlotte Thursday night.

The incident happened at 10:22 p.m. at 710 East 7th Street. 

The 29-year-old victim told police the suspect stole her purse and knocked her the ground.

She was not injured. 

The woman’s purse contained a U.S. passport, gold ring, $100 in US currency, and debit cards.

If you know anything about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Car Taken in West Charlotte Carjacking

February 4, 2011 by ten8

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A woman tells police two men armed with a gun carjacked her in west Charlotte late Thursday night.

The carjacking happened at 9:10 p.m. in a parking lot at 2123 Beatties Ford Road.

Natasha Anderson, 27, and Demetrius Leake, 27, were in a car when two suspects walked up, pointed a handgun, and demanded the keys to the vehicle.

Anderson and Leake got out of the car and handed over the keys.  They were not injured.

The suspects drove away with Anderson’s car toward LaSalle Street.

Police describe the stolen car as a blue, 4-door 1998 Chevrolet Caprice.  The vehicle has NC License tag no. ZNE-7152.

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Girl Raped Over 4-Year Period In Northeast Charlotte

February 4, 2011 by ten8

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Police say a girl was forcibly raped at a home in northeast Charlotte over a four-year period.

The incident occurred at a home off the 2700 block of Harris Houston Road. 

We are not identifying the exact street address to protect the victim’s identity.

According to the police report, the victim is now 10 years old. 

The alleged incident occurred between Jan. 1, 2006, and June 10, 2010. 

The police report names a person within the girl’s family as the suspect.

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Break-In Fails At Store Across From CMPD Station

February 4, 2011 by ten8


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are investigating an attempted break-in at a grocery store located across the street from a northwest Charlotte police station.

The attempted break-in happened late Thursday night at the Beatties Ford Express, police said.

Police borrowed a ladder from the Charlotte Fire Department to access the roof. The burglars did not get into the store.

Police found a bag on the roof. Police have not made any arrests.

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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