CMPD Detectives Searching for Suspects in May 21, 2014 Broad Daylight Home Invasion Robbery

From, May 21, 2014

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are looking for two suspects involved in a home invasion in Dilworth.

Authorities say the robbery happened Wednesday afternoon, May 21, 2014, in the 2100 block of Cumberland Drive.

Police say two armed men wearing masks came into the home demanded money from the people inside.
Officers say they believe the suspects knew the victims.

Officers went door to door asking if any neighbors saw anything. Meanwhile a K-9 unit helped in the search for the suspects.

No arrests have been made, but police say they are currently following up on a strong lead.

Published in: on May 22, 2014 at 7:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Huge Marijuana Shipment Mistakenly Sent to Charlotte Auto Shop on May 20, 2014

By GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte, May 21, 2014

 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say that 500 pounds of marijuana are off the street thanks to a delivery mix up and a honest businessman.

Miguel Garcia, 35, loves cars, and the only thing he’s ever wanted to do was fix them.

“Well we had to ask for a lot of loans. We’re actually in debt, but were moving slowly,” he said.

A year ago he and his sister opened Boom Boom Car and Audio on North Tryon Street.

“This is actually my third shot at it. Hopefully it does work out.”

You may not have heard about his business, but someone in California has and Tuesday they shipped a big package to the shop.

Miguel thought it must be Christmas in May, because he had not ordered anything.

“The description said chrome accessories and dash kits and that’s basically what we sell. So my first thought was maybe a vendor had sent it to me to resell it,” said the owner.

He started to open the package and noticed the wrapping inside the box was usual and then he found marijuana, some 500 pounds of it. His sister immediately called police.

“We never had that thought in our head to keep it. It’s one of those things, you have to have do the right thing,” he said.

It took officers about an hour to stack up the pot and haul it away. Police list the value at $250,000.

“Wow, that’s a lot of money and I could have used it, but it wasn’t mine.”

Police think the shipper never intended that the package be delivered; the instructions left a phone number.

Officers say the delivery company called it and didn’t get an answer. The package was delivered and is now in the hands of the police.

Published in: on May 22, 2014 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  

FBI Seeks Victims of ‘Serial Child Predator’ with Charlotte Connections

 By RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte, May 20, 2014

 The FBI is asking for help in identifying victims of a man they say is a suspected serial child predator with Charlotte ties.

Investigators say that since the early 2000s they believe Matthew John Coniglio has lived in several locations in the southeast, and that some of the victims might have no idea what happened to them because victims were drugged, raped, and photographed or videotaped during the assaults.

FBI seeks victims of 'serial child predator'

Photo taken in 2014, photo taken in 2007

“The videos that were found in his home are disturbing,” said Shelley Lynch, Public Affairs Specialist for the FBI Charlotte Division.

Coniglio was arrested near Savanna, Ga. back in early April on charges of possession of child porn.

During a search of his Savanna home, investigators say they found more than 50,000 images and videos depicting child pornography.

They also say Coniglio himself made as many as 100 videos.

Ten days after his arrest, Coniglio hung himself in his jail cell

The FBI now is trying to find out if there are more victims out there that they have not as yet been able to identify.

Lynch says Coniglio visited his parents over the last 12 years at their home located in a neighborhood off of Quail Hollow Road.

Over the phone, his mother told me she had nothing to say.

“It doesn’t end with his death,” said Lynch. “We want to continue to move forward, to identify the victims and to get them the help they need to heal.”

Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim or knows someone who is can call the FBI Victim Assistance line toll free at 1-877-236-8947.

Published in: on May 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Finding Man in Alleged March 1, 2014 Assault on Woman

From The Charlotte Observer By Steve Lyttle, May 19, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are looking for a man in connection with an alleged attack on a woman 2 1/2 months ago in north Charlotte.

The suspect is identified by investigators as Damien Mackey, 35. He is wanted in connection with a case that took place March 1.


Damien Mandall Mackey – Photo Courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police

Police said charges pending against Mackey are assault on a female, interfering with emergency communication, false imprisonment, communicating threats and common law robbery.

Police said Mackey is a black male, 5 feet 8 and close to 175 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair, typically with the hair in dreadlocks below his shoulder. He also has a goatee, police said.

Anyone with information as to Mackey’s whereabouts is asked 911.

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Published in: on May 20, 2014 at 7:44 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Charges Man in Several Local Break-Ins

From, May 16, 2014

There have been more than a dozen break-ins in a concentrated area of Charlotte over the last week.

 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are looking into more than a dozen crimes in Sedgefield, Colonial Village and Madison Park areas.
Police arrested the man who they believe is responsible, 27-year-old Dajour Smith. He’s charged with numerous felonies, including possession of stolen goods and breaking and entering.
Man accused of several local break-ins
Neighbors can always check what’s going on in their neighborhoods by checking out CMPD’s crime mapping tool.
Published in: on May 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

4 Arrested in Fatal Saturday, May 17, 2014 Charlotte Shooting

From, May 18, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested four people in connection with a homicide on Saturday morning.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 around 4:15 AM, police were began a homicide investigation in the 6900 block of Hidden Forest Drive.

Markee Watson, 26, was found with a fatal gunshot wound, and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Authorities say Watson was involved in an altercation Friday evening, and the four male suspects drove to Watson’s location to continue the argument. That’s when Watson was fatally shot and the suspects fled the scene by vehicle.

A short time later, police spotted the suspect vehicle driving down North Tryon Street with four people inside. Once back up arrived, the vehicle was pulled over in thee 4100 block of The Plaza. All four suspects were taken to police headquarters for questioning after being identified by authorities as having been involved in Watson’s murder.

Following their interviews with homicide detectives, all four suspects were charged.

Raheem Mosley, 22, is charged with murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and shooting into occupied property.

4 arrested in fatal Saturday morning shooting

Raheem Mosley – Credit: Mecklenburg County Jail

Jsa’Quan Evans, 17, Lorenzo Woods, 22, and Adrian Manigault, 16, were each charged with accessory after the fact of a felony.

All four suspects remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Published in: on May 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fights Lead to Deadly May 17, 2014 Morning in Charlotte

From, May 17, 2014

Two people were killed in separate Charlotte shootings early Saturday, May 17, 2014.

The first happened in the 800 block of High Meadow Lane around 3:30 a.m.
Neighbors called police after hearing gunshots. Officers arrived to find the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at CMC.
Police have detained a suspect, who is cooperating. Investigators say that person and the victim knew each other, and an altercation led to the gunshot.
The second incident happened less than an hour later in the 6900 block of Hidden Forest Drive. That victim was pronounced dead on scene.
This person also knew the suspects, according to detectives. After an altercation on Friday evening, police say the suspects drove to the residence on Hidden Forest to continue the argument. One of the suspects shot the victim before they all fled the scene.
Both investigations are ongoing.
Published in: on May 17, 2014 at 11:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Men Found Guilty of May 20, 2013 Armed Bank Robbery

From The Charlotte Observer By Hilary Trenda, May 16, 2014

A federal jury sitting in Statesville found two Charlotte men guilty of armed bank robbery, among other charges, according to U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins’ office.

On Thursday, Darius Donneal Freeman, 32, and Wincy Joseph, 29, were also found guilty of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, prosecutors said. Freeman was also found guilty of carjacking, among other charges.

According to filed court documents and trial proceedings, Freeman carjacked a victim at a Circle K gas station on South Boulevard in Charlotte around 5:15 a.m. on May 20, 2013.

Later that morning, the men used the carjacked vehicle to go to a Bank of America branch in Troutman. Shortly after the bank opened, Freeman went into the branch brandishing a silver handgun and wearing gloves, sunglasses and a black cap, prosecutors said.

Freeman jumped on the tellers’ counter and demanded cash, according to officials. Joseph came in after Freeman wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, sunglasses and gloves. He also demanded cash from another bank employee, prosecutors said.

The men left the bank with about $5,100 cash and drove away in the car that the U.S. attorney’s office said Freeman had jacked earlier that day.

The car was later found by law enforcement, abandoned on Interstate 77 in Iredell County. A concerned citizen’s tip led to the men being identified five days later. Freeman was arrested on June 6, 2013 and Joseph was arrested on June 13, 2013, officials said.

The armed bank robbery charge has a maximum prison term of 25 years and a $250,000 fine. The possession of a firearm charge carries prison time that ranges between 7 years and a life sentence. The carjacking charge could bring another 15 year sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Freeman and Joseph both remain in custody and sentencing dates have not yet been set.

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Published in: on May 17, 2014 at 11:39 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Charges Two in Early Morning Vehicle Break-In Case on Friday, May 16, 2014

From The Charlotte Observer by Hilary Trenda, May 16, 2014

Police have charged two Charlotte men in connection with a series of early morning vehicle break-ins, officials said.

Deante Brown, 22, and Laquentin Winchester, 21, were arrested Friday on numerous charges following an investigation of events from earlier that morning, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Laquentin Winchester, 21Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

Deante Brown, 22Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

Around 2:38 a.m., police were called to the 5200 block of McAlpine Glen Drive in regards to two suspects breaking into multiple vehicles in a parking lot, police said.

The 911 caller gave a description of the suspect to dispatchers and when officers arrived, a marked patrol car was side-swiped by the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects then drove away but crashed nearby, police said.

The suspects ran from the damaged vehicle and officers set up a perimeter in the area. CMPD’s K9 unit helped locate both suspects, along with two firearms, officials said.

Both men were interviewed and police said that Winchester had stolen a 2001 Dodge Caravan on Keyway Boulevard before going to a number of places with Brown to break into vehicles.

Brown was charged with five counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and resist, obstruct and delay. Winchester was charged with nine counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of hit and run and resist, obstruct and delay, police said.

Winchester was also wanted by CMPD on outstanding warrants for breaking and entering of motor vehicles, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be pending, according to police. The stolen property was recovered and both men taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about these cases or suspects should call Crime Stoppers: 704-334-1600.

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Published in: on May 17, 2014 at 11:36 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Cold-Case Squad Makes Arrest in 1985 Arson Murder

From, May 15, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have made an arrest in a 1985 murder case.

CMPD’s cold case unit arrested Arthur Blake, 57, of Charlotte, on Thursday morning.

Police make arrest in 1985 murder, arson case

Arthur Blake – Credit: Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

 Blake is charged with murder and first-degree arson in the 1985 death of Tony Baucom.

On April 26, 1985, fire crews were dispatched to an apartment fire in the 1700 block of East 7th Street. Firemen found Baucom’s body inside the burned unit, and say he died of injuries sustained during the fire.

The case was reopened in March of this year when the Chief Fire Investigator with the Charlotte Fire Department received new information pertinent to the case, and Blake was developed as a suspect.

Blake was arrested in the 3100 block of Creighton Drive Thursday morning, charged, then booked in to the Mecklenburg County Jail where he remains in custody.

Published in: on May 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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