CMPD Searching for Suspect in July 25, 2017 Double Murder

Suspect possibly traveling in a 2017 black Honda CRV with NC license plate: PAS-9116

From WBTV.com, July 28, 2017

The manhunt continues for a man wanted in the killing of two people in north Charlotte.

Previous mugshot of Vurnel Smith Jr, 40. (Source: Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office)

Vurnel Smith Jr., 40, is being sought after 65-year-old Jacquline White-Gordon died at a north Charlotte home and 69-year-old Rufus Gordon was later found dead in the trunk of a car.

According to neighbors, White-Gordon and Gordon were Smith’s fiance’s parents.

According to unserved arrest warrants at the courthouse in Mecklenburg County, in addition to two counts of murder Smith is also being charged with kidnapping, first-degree forcible rape, and assault causing serious bodily injury.

The warrants say the crimes were committed on July 25, 2017.

A police source told WBTV that Smith allegedly held his fiancé captive over days and was sexually assaulting her.

Thursday morning, the woman managed to get out of the house. Police said she drove herself to the hospital and said there may be more victims at the house.

Officers say they responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call at a home in the 9000 block of Red Clay Lane around 4:40 a.m. Thursday. That’s where they found Gordon-White, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gordon was found dead inside the trunk of the car the fiance drove to the hospital.

CMPD identified Smith as a suspect hours after the incident was reported. Smith, who police say is “dangerous,” is possibly traveling in a 2017 black Honda CRV with NC license plate: PAS-9116.

People in the community say Smith and his fiance moved in a couple of months ago, and his fiance’s parents arrived after.

Smith was charged with first-degree sex offense and first-degree rape in 2015, but those charges are pending. He was also convicted of driving while impaired in 1997.

Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately, or detectives at 704-432-TIPS. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Published in: on July 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD: Flasher Targets Young Girls and Their Grandmother at Arboretum Taco Bell

From http://www.wcnc.com by Savannah Levins, July 28, 2016

Police are looking for a man they say flashed two young girls and their grandmother Tuesday.

The indecent exposure happened at the Taco Bell at the Arboretum Shopping center in South Charlotte. Shoppers were horrified to hear about the incident.

“This is a beautiful area to have people like that disturb the community I think it’s ridiculous,” said shopper Nick Abate.

We went through police records and found several indecent exposure reports filed from the Arboreturm shopping center.

One just last month, in early June. “That’s gross that’s not cool at all,” Abate said.

Shoppers say they hope this isn’t becoming a trend yet again.

In 2014 over a span of just 4 weeks, three different women reported a man exposing himself to them, also in the presence of children. All at Arboretum.

A flasher struck again in March 2016, at the Arboretum Barnes and Noble.

If you know anything about the suspect in this latest case, you’re asked to call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department or crime stoppers.

© 2017 WCNC.COM

Published in: on July 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Illegal Alien Charged with Arson, Attempted Murder in Apartment Fire Set for Revenge; 130 Left Homeless on Charlotte’s East Side

Information From Breitbart.com by Bob Price, July 25, 2017

An illegal alien from Mexico sits in the Mecklenburg County jail after allegedly setting fire to an apartment complex to get revenge on an ex-girlfriend. The fire left 130 residents homeless.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested Jesus Reyes Lopez, 20, after he reportedly started a fire at the Woodscape Apartments in Charlotte, North Carolina late last week. The fire damaged 40 apartment units and drove 130 people from their homes, the Charlotte Observer reported.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office uncovered Lopez’s immigration status utilizing equipment and training provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the 287(g) program. The program allows access to ICE databases to aid in identifying illegal immigrants and other possible security threats. Sheriff Irwin Carmichael told the local newspaper this program makes both his staff and the community safer. ICE officials placed an immigration hold on the Mexican national to prevent him being released back into the community.

Lopez now faces two counts of attempted murder, arson, and damage to property by use of an incendiary device, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department posted on its Facebook page.

Sheriff Carmichael praised the 287(g) program. He said that information obtained by utilizing federal immigration resources has uncovered illegal aliens wanted for felony child abuse, murder, and possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

Residents of the apartment complex were lucky to escape the fire with their lives. Some families jumped from second and third story windows to escape from the fire.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is working to find homes for the 130 displaced residents.

The fire, allegedly started by Lopez, reportedly started to target his ex-girlfriend and then got out of control. Officials estimated the fire caused more than $1.3 million in damages.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

Published in: on July 26, 2017 at 8:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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