CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Suspects in June 19, 2014 Convenience Store Robbery

From, June 20, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in an armed robbery at a west Charlotte convenience store.

Police said two men entered the Tru Food Mart located on Westerly Hills Drive around 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014. The victim stated that the suspects brandished a firearm and demanded property from the clerk.   The suspects took several cartons of cigarettes and fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.

The first suspect is described as a black man, about 5-feet-10, medium build with a beard and was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt and khaki pants.  The second suspect is described as a black man, about 5-feet-10, average build and was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black jeans and a Panthers hat.

No one was injured during the robbery, according to police.

Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Published in: on June 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

FBI App Helps Investigators Find Missing Children

From, June 17, 2014

With school out and kids spending more time outside, parents have concerns.

When a child goes missing, investigators want pictures that they can put out to try and help with the search. But in many cases parents are too distraught to quickly come up with some recent photos.

The FBI is pushing awareness for its app that does just that.
It is called “FBI Child ID.”
It’s a free download in your app store.
Parents can have their kids’ pictures loaded on the app, along with other descriptive information. All the pictures and information can be quickly emailed to the police.
The FBI promises that no photos or information about parents will be collected or permanently stored.
Published in: on June 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man Charged in June 15, 2014 Charlotte Slaying Has Violent Past

 From, by Paige Hansen, June 18, 2014

Eyewitness News learned that the man who is charged with killing his girlfriend has attacked a woman before.

Jimmy Estes is accused of killing Frances Gutnick at her Steele Creek home in Charlotte Sunday night, June 15, 2014.

Jimmy Estes

Jimmy Estes

Jill Hunter was 12 years old when her mom dated Estes.

In November 1999, Hunter said Estes tried to kill her mother, Robin Williams.

“He found the biggest knife in the drawer and he stabbed her three times,” Hunter said.

Hunter has photos of the scars her mom suffered.

“I just remember seeing my mom on the stretcher being pulled out of our house,” she said.

Lancaster County Courthouse officials said Estes was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

But in 2006, Estes was convicted of a lesser charge — assault and battery of a high-and-aggravated nature.

A judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison but Hunter said he only served five years and has been free since 2011.

“I want to understand how they let that happen because now somebody has lost their life. Where do you draw the line?” Hunter said.

Hunter said she had to come forward when she learned what happened to Frances Gutnick, 52, who was found at her home Sunday and died from assault wounds. She and Estes had been dating.

“I just couldn’t sit back,” Hunter said. “Knowing what I went through and what her daughter is going through. I can’t sit back and not say anything.”

Hunter said Estes convinced her mom she fell onto a knife.

The couple married months later and out of fear she said Williams is still legally married to Estes.

“I just feel like if we were to contact him and ‘Oh, she wants a divorce,’ that gets him thinking about her again and that terrifies me,” Hunter said.

Channel 9 contacted the Department of Corrections but did not get a response on why Estes might have served a shorter sentence.

As of Tuesday night, Estes was still in the hospital recovering after he got into a car crash Monday.

Police said once he is released from the hospital he will be taken to jail and charged with Gutnick’s killing.

Channel 9’s news partners at the Rock Hill Herald reported that on Thursday, Estes was arrested and charged with public disorderly conduct and failure to surrender his driver’s license.

He also has a lengthy criminal background, including robbery with a dangerous weapon and DUI.

Published in: on June 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Publics Help in Finding ‘Person of Interest’ in June 5, 2014 Murder of NC Corrections Officer

From, June 10, 2014

Police are looking for a person of interest related to a Charlotte homicide last week.

Person of interest sought after corrections officer killed

Detectives are asking for the public’s help to find Raphael White, 30.
Bias Easley, 27, worked as a corrections officer. He was gunned down near his home last week.
Anyone with information on White’s whereabouts is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective or Crime Stoppers.
Published in: on June 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Searching for Woman Who Cut Off Electronic Monitoring Device on June 14, 2014

From, June June 15, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are looking for a woman wanted on outstanding warrants.

Police say Rachel McCoy, 23, cut off her electronic monitor on Saturday in the 9500 block of Albemarle Road.

Wanted woman sought by police in Charlotte

Rachel McCoy – Credit: CMPD

McCoy has two outstanding warrants for her arrest; one for interfering with an electronic monitoring device and another for burglary.

McCoy was ordered to wear the device as part of her pretrial release for burglary and larceny charges.

McCoy is described as standing 5-foot-7 and weighing 110 pounds.

If you have any information on McCoy’s whereabouts, you’re asked to call 911 immediately.

Published in: on June 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Man, Woman Charged for June 10, 2014 Robbery, Shooting of Charlotte Cab Driver on Monroe Road

From The Charlotte Observer by Hannah Jeffrey, June 12, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged two people after a cab driver was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning, June 10, 2014.

Police responded to a call at around 3 a.m. Tuesday reporting a victim shot during an armed robbery at the 3200 block of Monroe Road.

A driver for Diamond Cab Company was called to pick up a woman, who then exited the cab without paying her fare. A man in a vehicle nearby then attempted to rob the driver, then shot the driver when he tried to flee. The man and woman then fled the scene in the man’s vehicle.

The driver was brought to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The woman was later identified as Ericka Jones. Jones voluntarily went to police headquarters to be interviewed and was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon. Jones was transferred to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was identified as Marquis Moise, who was later arrested and charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Moise is in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Published in: on June 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD: 1 Charged for Involvement in June 6, 2014 Murder of Teen

From, June 9, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a teen in connection to another teen’s murder.

Police charged 18-year-old Christian Giovanni Pena with accessory after the fact of a felony for his involvement in the homicide that occurred on Old Pineville Road on Friday, June 6, 2014.

CMPD: 1 charged for involvement in teen's murder

18-year-old Christian Giovanni Pena

Police are trying to identify a young man shot and killed at a convenience store off Archdale Drive at Old Pineville Road on Friday night, but even some of the people who knew him didn’t know his full name.

Detectives are continue to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying the victim.

Police describe the teen as Hispanic, with a thin build and short hair.  He was wearing a black tank top, red shorts, and black and white sneakers, and riding a black bicycle.

Published in: on June 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bizarre Crimes from Charlotte Police Files, June 5, 2014

From by Ryan Pitkin, June 5, 2014

Water wars: Three senior citizens were all struck with the same projectile at a local Wendy’s last week. A 67-year-old man told police that a female behind the counter threw a cup of water at him. The water, he said, caused him to stumble backward and strike his arm on railing, drawing blood. The 75-year-old woman and 77-year-old man behind him were also recipients of the incoming liquid. They both reported being struck in the face and clothing with the cup’s contents. The suspect, who fled in an unknown vehicle before officers arrived, was an employee hanging out during her off-time.

Flip flopper: A 41-year-old man was enjoying a beverage on the patio of The Thirsty Beaver in Plaza Midwood last week when someone decided he needed to move from his seat — and fast. The victim told officers a man walked up behind him and lifted him and his chair off the ground, flipping them both. The victim injured his elbow on the concrete patio but was otherwise unharmed.

Carted out: A man called police on a Tuesday morning after witnessing a woman in Uptown have a tough time parking. The man said he was in his vehicle in a parking lot at 10 a.m. when he saw the woman enter the lot driving erratically. The woman barely missed a few vehicles before simply passing out behind the wheel right in front of the man. Police arrived, arrested the woman and seized her van.

Schoolyard Bully: Police got involved in a few altercations at Ashley Park Elementary School after a student spent the day taking on kids of all ages and genders. The report states that the kid walked up to a 9-year-old boy during class and punched him in the face. Later in the day, the kid began punching an 8-year-old girl in the arm and back, and then, at recess, he punched a 7-year-old in the back.

Hide and Seek: A girl went missing last week but police knew where to find her, though their technology wasn’t much help. After the 14-year-old girl ran away, her parents told police she does so constantly and that she is wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet but that it never works. The family knew exactly where she was: a 22-year-old man’s house. They requested police retrieve her.

Marlboro Hulk: Police responded to a vandalism call at a local convenience store after a man became upset that he couldn’t get any nicotine. The cashier told police that the man came in and told her that if she wouldn’t give him a pack of cigarettes for free, he would become very angry. He lived up to his word by pulling the fiberglass door that separated the two of them off of its hinges and breaking it in half.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Published in: on June 11, 2014 at 10:39 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Investigating June 5, 2014 Armed Robbery at Garinger High

From, June 8, 2014

Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place on the campus of a local high school last week.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are hoping to identify two men responsible for an armed robbery around 1 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, on the Garinger High School campus. The victim told police he was approached by two black males, both of whom looked to be in their late-teens, and robbed him of his cellphone.

The police say one of the suspects had a silver revolver in his waistband. The suspects then fled the scene on foot. The victim was not injured.  

The first suspect is described as standing about 6-feet tall with a thin build and short hair; he was wearing a red t-shirt and tan pants. The second suspect is described as about 5-foot-8 with a thin build, long dreads and was wearing a black shirt and light-colored shorts. 

Police investigating armed robbery at Garinger High

If you have any information on this crime, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

Published in: on June 11, 2014 at 10:34 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Officers Release Photo of June 6, 2014 Homicide Victim, Request Public’s Help Identifying Him

From The Charlotte Observer by Hannah Jeffrey and Elisabeth Arriero, June 10, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested a man in connection with a Friday night, June 6, 2014 homicide but are having trouble identifying the victim and have turned to the public for help.

Christian Giovanni Pena, 16, was arrested Sunday night and charged with accessory after the fact of a felony. Police said they believe he was involved with the homicide.

On Monday afternoon, June 9, 2014, police released a photo of the victim in an effort to determine his identity, a strategy that the police department rarely uses.

The homicide victim whom CMPD Officers are still trying to identify.

The victim was found in the 6400 block of Old Pineville Road in the Steele Creek Division Friday night, June 6, 2014 around 10:45 p.m., suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

He is between 16 and 20 years old, Hispanic, has a thin build, a short haircut and no tattoos. He was wearing a black tank top, red basketball shorts and black and white sneakers and riding a black bicycle.

Keith Trietley, a spokesman for the police department, declined to give specifics on police efforts to identify the victim. He also said he didn’t know the last time police had to release a picture of a homicide victim in an attempt to learn the person’s identity.

“We’re still trying,” he said. “They’re working the case.”

Anyone with information about the identity of the victim is encouraged to call the Homicide Unit Detective at 704-432-8477 (TIPS) or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Published in: on June 10, 2014 at 8:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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