July 31, 2012,
Crime Scene Correlation Conviction
Efforts of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office have resulted in the successful prosecution of Damian Jackson, DOB: 05/01/1992, for the charges of Second Degree Sexual Offense, Sexual Battery, and Larceny from the Person. On Friday July 27, 2012, a Mecklenburg County jury convicted Jackson of all charges, and Judge Lane Williamson sentenced Jackson to 8.5 to 11 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Jackson will also be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.
This trial was especially significant because it was the first Mecklenburg County Superior Court jury trial in which GPS offender tracking technology used in pre-trial monitoring of defendants has been introduced into evidence. CMPD has been providing pre-trial and post release GPS tracking since 2007 and more than 250 felony cases have been solved using the tracking technology. The Jackson trial was the first Mecklenburg County case in which the defendant requested a jury trial in a case in which the tracking data placed the defendant at the scene of the crime.
Defendants who are on the CMPD’s pre-trial GPS tracking program have already posted bond and would be released from jail while they are awaiting trial. The tracking program provides additional accountability for such defendants and, as demonstrated in this case, can provide evidence against them should they commit a crime during the period of their release. RT
July 31, 2012
The Arrest of Brandon De'Andre Anderson
On July 31, 2012, at approximately 10:00 a.m., a North Tryon Division Burglary Suppression Unit officer observed a vehicle and driver matching the description of a recent robbery that occurred in the area of Barrington Drive and Milton Road. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the 7100 block of Barrington Drive but the driver refused to stop. The officer then began a pursuit that continued across the North Tryon Division and concluded in the Eastway Division at 4359 Central Avenue. The subject was taken into custody without further incident or injury. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department commends the excellent work by the officers involved from both divisions, including the assistance from the Aviation Unit which assisted by directing additional responding officers to the scene when the subject jumped and ran from the vehicle. For additional information about this incident please refer to report numbers 2012-0731-1003-01.
The driver has been identified as Brandon De’Andre Anderson, DOB: 11/30/1989. At this time he has not been charged for the robbery from Barrington Drive and Milton Road. Mr. Anderson was charged with the following:
- Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon
- Possession with Attempt to Sell and Deliver Marijuana
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Speeding to Elude
- Reckless Driving
- No Operations License
- Failure to Heed Blue Light and Siren
- Stop light Violation
- Stop Sign Violations
July 30, 2012,
Detectives Arrest Breaking and Entering Suspects
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Robert Antonio Tyson, DOB: 07/16/1980, and Demarcus Moore, DOB: 07/06/1986, for their involvement in several commercial breaking and entering cases.
On July 28, 2012, at approximately 4:00 a.m., undercover detectives with the CMPD who were working an operation to combat commercial breaking and entering cases observed Robert Antonio Tyson and Demarcus Moore break into and enter the Laid Back Jack’s sweepstakes parlor located at 838 Tyvola Road. (20120728042500) The two suspects were taken into custody without incident.
During the investigation, detectives determined that the suspects committed several other similar breaking and entering cases in Mecklenburg County. Those cases include:
20120716092800- Four Leaf Clover Sweepstakes. 2831 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.
20120717090901 -North Tryon Business Center. 3416 N. Tryon St.
20120722020002- County Line Sweepstakes. 12820 N. Tryon Street
20120728100900- Pots of Gold Sweepstakes. 1530 Alleghany Dr.
Property stolen from several of the locations was recovered in Robert Antonio Tyson’s home, an additional residence, and a vehicle. Detectives are also working to determine whether these suspects are involved in as many as twenty additional breaking and entering cases that are similar in nature. Robert Antonio Tyson has been charged with four counts of breaking and entering with force and four counts of felony larceny, Demarcus Moore has been charged with three counts breaking and entering with force and three counts of felony larceny.
Anyone with additional information with regard to these incidents or suspects is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704.334.1600. RT
July 29, 2012
Cops 4 the Cure Pink Lady Fire Truck Pull
Thanks to everyone that came out to the “1st Annual Pink Lady Fire Truck Pull”
on Sunday. The first event for Cops 4 the Cure
raised $3265.75 for the cause. Congratulations to Monsters 4 the Cure, Team Toni, and Team Chelle for winning their respective divisions!
July 25, 2012
Citizens On Patrol Graduation
On July 24, 2012, eight members of our community graduated from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Citizens On Patrol (C.O.P.) program. The C.O.P. program was established as a means of assisting the citizens of Mecklenburg County and the CMPD with community patrols using volunteer members to perform civic services.
C.O.P. members dedicate a minimum of 16 hours a month of volunteered time to assist police officers and the community. Some of the duties of C.O.P. include responding to non-emergency calls, directing traffic, working special events, and patrolling residential neighborhoods, businesses and schools for suspicious and unusual activity.
The graduation ceremony took place in the auditorium of the Police Training Academy, with Chief Rodney Monroe as the event’s keynote speaker.
July 12, 2012,
Second Quarter Crime Statistics Released
Deputy Chief Kerr Putney
Deputy Chief Kerr Putney with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department presented the second quarter crime statistics for 2012 at a press conference in the Citiside community.
Lieutenant Todd Garrett from the N. Tryon Division also met with community members of Citiside to discuss some recent work done in the community by neighbors and the CMPD which is improving the quality of life in Citiside.
For a comprehensive look at the crime statistics please vist http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CMPD/safety/CrimeStat/Pages/default.aspx RT
July 11, 2012,
Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested
Robbery Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Laquentin Winchester, DOB: 02/12/1993, and Curry Evans, DOB: 09/13/1992, for an armed robbery they committed in the North Tryon Division.
On Tuesday, July 5, 2012, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery call for service at 6404 the Plaza. When officers arrived the victim stated he had just purchased a money order at a nearby check cashing establishment and was walking home. The victim stated that the suspects pulled up to him in a grey car, got out of the vehicle, and grabbed him before demanding money at gunpoint. The suspects went through the victims pockets and removed his property without his consent before one of the suspects produced a bat and struck the victim in the head. The suspects got back into the vehicle and immediately left the scene in the direction of W.T. Harris Blvd.
A nearby witness got the tag number of the vehicle and forwarded the information to officers on the scene. Officers worked with robbery detectives and through the course of the investigation the suspects were indentified. Both suspects were arrested on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Laquentin Winchester has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Curry Evans was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
These arrests illustrate how critical it is for the community and police to work together. Had it not been for this engaged witness who got the vehicle’s tag number these two dangerous suspects would likely still be in our community free to victimize other members of our community. RT
July 11, 2012,
Officers Arrest Burglary Suspect
Providence Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Michael Whelchel, DOB: 06/141991, for a burglary he committed in the Providence Division.
On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary call for service that had just occurred at a home in the 1200 block of S. Wendover Rd. The victim had told the telecommunicator through a 9-11 call that someone had just broken the window on her patio door and that she could hear someone in her backyard. The suspect left the area before officers arrived at the location. Once officers arrived they discovered several broken windows at the rear of the residence.
A short time later officers observed a man walking on the sidewalk in front of 1320 S. Wendover Rd. Officers approached the man who was wearing torn clothes and appeared to be bleeding. Evidence and information gathered during the investigation indicated that Whelchel was the suspect responsible for attempting to break into the Wendover Rd. home.
Whelchel was taken into custody without incident and was charged with 1st degree burglary. Whelchel has a lengthy criminal history in Mecklenburg County with prior arrests that include in part; robbery with a dangerous weapon, burglary, and possession of a firearm by felon. The CMPD will continue to work at removing these type of dangerous individuals from society before they have an opportunity to prey on any additional members of our community. RT
July 3, 2012
Employees of the Month
Officers of the Month
are Matthew Wilson of North Division and James 'JB' Helms of Steele Creek Division. Civilian of the Month
Chenisa Moore from the University City Division.