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News for the Month of April 2013

 
Do The Write Thing Essay Challenge Recognition Ceremony
Monday, April 29, 2013


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and the U.S. Attorney’s Office proudly celebrated the winners of the 2013 Do The Write Thing Essay Challenge earlier this evening at the Levine Museum of the New South.  Winners of the contest are Jordan Albright of Coulwood Middle School and Kiah Way from James Martin Middle School.  CMPD’s Deputy Chief Vicki Foster and SRO Sgt. David Schwob, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison, North Carolina’s Western District U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins, and Ronnie Devine, coordinator for Do The Write Thing all spoke at the ceremony.  There were over 4,000 essay entries written for the contest.  The CMPD would like to thank all of the nominees, teachers, school resource officers and principals who made this event possible.  And a special congratulations to Kiah Way and Jordan Albright for their outstanding Do The Write Thing essays.    JL   

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013,

Metro Division Officers Arrest Breaking and Entering Suspects


            Tinsley

Metro Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested three suspects for their involvement in a breaking and entering of a residence.  
 
On Sunday, April 21, 2013, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Metro Division patrol officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Russell Avenue.  A witness had called 911 to report a breaking and entering in progress.  The witness observed two suspects casing a nearby residence.  These two suspects then ran into the back yard of the residence and were joined by a third suspect.  The witness was able to provide an excellent description of all three suspects.
 
When patrol officers arrived on scene they observed two of the suspects exiting the house through a side door.  Both suspects were placed into custody.  The third suspect was then located a short distance away from the residence.  All items stolen from the victim’s home were recovered from the suspects and returned to the victim. 
 
After being interviewed by Metro Division Burglary Detectives, all three suspects admitted to participating in the crime.  Detectives charged Michael Tinsley, DOB: 01/22/1995, along with two fifteen year old male juveniles with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering.   
 
This case illustrates the importance of the community and police working together.  Had it not been for an alert witness, willing to call 911, chances are these suspects would still be free to prey on other members of our community.  The CMPD continues to urge the community to call 911 if they ever see or hear anything suspicious. 

Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.  To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit the website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.    JL





Tuesday, April 23, 2013,

Steele Creek Officers Arrest Breaking and Entering Suspect


                     Irby
 
Steele Creek Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Stephen S. Irby, DOB: 05/09/1987, for his involvement in a residential breaking and entering case. 
 
On Monday, April 22, 2013, at approximately 12:30 p.m.,  patrol officers were dispatched  to a residential breaking and entering call for service at a home in the 600 block of Farmhurst Drive. A witness called 911 to report observing a suspect smash a window of a neighboring residence before entering the home.
 
The witness gave the 911 tele-communicator a detailed description of the suspect. Officers immediately arrived on the scene and observed an individual matching the description of the suspect exiting a wooded area near the home. 
 
Officers detained the individual who was positively identified as the suspect who broke into the home by the witness.  Upon searching the wooded area, officers recovered a flat screen television and computer that was removed during the break-in.
 Irby was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and larceny.
 
Excellent communication between officers, a thorough field investigation and a cooperative witness, who was willing to report this activity, enabled officers to apprehend the suspect quickly.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case and or suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.  To learn how to subscribe to the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit the website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com (rt)
 



Thursday, April 18, 2013,

CMPD Telecommunicator of the Year



The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is proud to announce that CMPD employee Megan Sloop has been selected as the CMPD’s 2013 Telecommunicator of the Year.  Megan was selected from a field of 100 telecommunicators who work in the CMPD’s Communications Division.

In 2012, CMPD telecommunicators received more than 840,267 incoming 9-1-1 emergency calls, transferring calls for fire or emergency medical services to those respective agencies, and entering calls for service when police assistance was needed.  Last year, Megan answered and processed 6,321 of those emergency 9-1-1 calls.

Megan’s accomplishments were celebrated Thursday morning at CMPD headquarters with an awards ceremony recognizing her for her dedication.    JL  




Monday, April 15, 2013,

Steele Creek Officers Arrest B&E Suspects


            Gregory                       Montgomery

Steele Creek Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Shannon Gregory, DOB: 05/16/1979, and Dennis Montgomery, DOB: 12/30/1972, for their involvement in a breaking and entering of a motor vehicle incident.  On Sunday, April 14, 2013, at approximately 4:00 a.m.,  patrol officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Arbor Trace Dr. A witness called 911 to report observing two suspects break into a vehicle in the parking lot before leaving the area in their own vehicle.
 
The victim wrote down the plate number of the vehicle the suspects were traveling in and forwarded the information to 911.  Officers were able to locate the vehicle, the suspects, and items stolen during the break-in a short time later on Cardamon Ct.  Shannon Gregory and Dennis Montgomery were arrested and charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny.
 
This case illustrates the importance of the community and police working together.  Had it not been for an alert witness, willing to call 911, chances are these suspects would still be free to prey on other members of our community.  The CMPD continues to urge the community to call 911 if they ever see or hear anything suspicious. 
 
Anyone with additional information concerning this case and or suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600. To learn more about the new Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit the website at  http://charlottecrimestoppers.com (rt)



Saturday, April 13, 2013,

Detectives Request Assistance in Identifying Suspects



Robbery Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are requesting assistance in identifying these suspects in an Armed Robbery.  On Saturday, April 13, 2013, at approximately 7:30 a.m., these two suspects entered the Food Lion located at 5624 N. Graham Street.  The suspects pointed a firearm at the victim’s and demanded money from the victim business.  The suspects then left the scene in an unknown direction.  The victim’s were not injured.
 
The first suspect is described as a black male, 5’6”, with a medium build and was last seen wearing a black jacket and black pants.  The second suspect is described as a black male, 5’10”, with a medium build and was last seen wearing a black jacket and black pants.
 
For additional information about this case, please review report number 2013-0413-0730-01.  Anyone with further information concerning this robbery is asked to call the Crime Stopper’s tip-line at 704-334-1600, or visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.   KT



Wednesday, April 10, 2013,

University Division officers arrest Bank Robbery suspect



On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at approximately 2:23 p.m., University Division patrol officers were dispatched to 230 E. W T Harris Boulevard following a 911 call for service concerning a robbery from the PNC Bank.  Responding officers began to circulate the area for the suspect and within minutes an officer located a subject matching the description of the bank robbery suspect.  The officer attempted to speak to the male but the subject fled on foot.  After a short foot chase the subject was taken into custody and positively identified by witnesses.  Officers located in the suspect’s possession the money that was taken in the robbery.  Armed Robbery detectives responded to the scene along with the FBI.  The suspect was transported to the Law Enforcement Center where he was interviewed by Armed Robbery detectives.
 
Upon completion of the interview, Armed Robbery detectives have charged Tony Jess Combs II, DOB: 12/28/1988 for his involvement in this case. Mr. Combs has been charged with Common Law Robbery. Mr. Combs will be transported to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. 
 
If anyone has additional information concerning this case, please contact Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600.  You may also visit the Crime Stopper’s website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.   KT




Monday, April 8, 2013,

CMPD Civilian and Officers of the Month


                 Rick Haight                                 Officer Scott Svancarek                    Officer Steven Lehew      
                Aviation Unit                                     Freedom Division                          Providence Division




Monday, April 8, 2013,

Second suspect arrested in 1991 sexual assault cold case
 
  
                Wylie

Detectives with the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit have identified the second suspect involved in the abduction and rape of a victim that occurred at the 2600 block of Beechnut Drive in August of 1991.  Vernon Lamont Wylie, DOB: 02/14/1972, was located and arrested on Thursday, March 28, 2013, by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.  Mr. Wylie was then transported to the Law Enforcement Center to be interviewed by detectives.  Mr. Wylie is currently in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Mr. Wylie has been charged with two counts of 1st degree rape, two counts of 1st degree sex offense, 1st degree kidnapping and felony conspiracy.
 
As of November 2012, the CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has reviewed 1,742 cases.  Of those cases, 98 have been cleared and 58 of those were cleared by arrest.  For additional information, please reference CMPD complaint number 1991-0812-0426-01.     JL
 


Monday, April 8, 2013,

Suspects arrested in Kangaroo Express and CVS robberies



       Graves                            Pries                          Fiske                        Markabi

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Armed Robbery Unit has identified and charged four suspects involved in the robberies of the Kangaroo Express businesses, located at 935 Charlottetowne Avenue and 8008 Harris Station, as well as the CVS Pharmacy located in Matthews.
 
Through the course of their investigation Robbery Detectives were led to suspects Zachary Nathaniel Graves, DOB: 06/25/1989, and Omar Markabi, DOB: 08/12/1995.  Mr. Graves has been charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.  Mr. Markabi has been charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. 
 
Walter Pries, DOB: 11/13/1991, and Richard Fiske, DOB: 02/03/1992, were also identified as being involved in the CVS robbery and have each been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
 
The CMPD would like to recognize the Real Time Crime Unit, Digital Forensics Unit, Providence Division patrol officers, the VCAT and Robbery Detectives for their support and diligence in the investigation of these cases that led to the identification and apprehension of these two suspects.
 
Anyone with further information concerning these robberies is asked to call the Crime Stopper’s tip-line at 704-334-1600, or visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.    JL
 



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bank robbery suspect charged in 2012 case


                McConnell

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Robbery Unit Detectives have charged a suspect in the 2012 armed robbery of the BB&T Bank, located at 9200 S. Tryon Street.
 
On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at approximately 2:45 p.m., an unknown male suspect entered the BB&T Bank, located at 9200 S. Tryon Street.  The suspect approached a bank employee, advised that he was armed, and demanded money.  Once the suspect received money he then fled the scene on foot.  The male was described as a black male, 35-45 years of age, 5’8” tall, 160 lbs, with short black hair.  He was last seen wearing a brown ball cap, brown t-shirt with writing on the front, brown pants, and tan tennis shoes with white laces.  
 
Thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip, detectives were able to identify and investigate James Mitchell McConnell, DOB: 11/30/1966, as a suspect in this case.  A warrant was then obtained on Mr. McConnell for the robbery.  Mr. McConnell, who was serving time at the Gaston County Detention Center, was served the arrest warrant at and  interviewed by a CMPD Robbery Detective.  Mr. McConnell admitted to robbing the BB&T.  He has been charged with armed robbery.   

Anyone with additional information concerning this case and or suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.  To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.            KT