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News for the Month of August 2012
August 28, 2012,

CMPD Headquarters to Adjust Hours During DNC

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s headquarters, 601 E. Trade Street, will adjust its normal business hours during the Democratic National Convention.  The facility will suspend public access starting Saturday, September 1, 2012, at 6:00 a.m. until Friday, September 7, 2012, at 3:00 p.m.  Anyone needing to obtain a police report that week should go to their nearest CMPD division during the normal business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Reports also will be available at the West Service Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
 
Please note that the Property Control window at CMPD headquarters will relocate temporarily to the West Service Center.  Citizens who want to pick up property that week are encouraged to call ahead to 704.398.6700.  This will enable CMPD staff to expedite the process and retrieve property prior to citizen arrival.  For any additional questions, call 704.336.2378.  RT
 


August 27, 2012,

Breaking and Entering Suspect Arrested


              Hancock

Eastway Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Brian Keith Hancock, DOB: 10/06/1981, for his involvement in a residential breaking and entering case.
 
On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at approximately 1:00 a.m., patrol officers were dispatched to a breaking and entering in progress call for service at a home in the 1300 block of Anderson Street. The reporting person called 911 and stated he heard windows break and observed someone in his neighbor’s home.
 
The first responding officer arrived on the scene in less than a minute and immediately observed the suspect attempting to hide behind bushes near the home.  When the officer approached the suspect, the officer observed what appeared to be fresh blood on the suspect’s hands and that one of the windows to the home had been broken.  Officers also recovered lawn equipment that belonged to the home owner that was taken during the break-in. Additionally, officers determined that Hancock also broke in to the victim’s vehicle which was parked in the driveway.
 
Brian Keith Hancock was arrested and charged with breaking and entering with force, breaking into a motor vehicle, and larceny after breaking and entering. This arrest illustrates how critical it is for the community and police to work together. Had it not been for an engaged neighbor calling 9-11 to report this activity, this individual would likely still be free to victimize our community.  The CMPD continues to urge the community to call 9-11 whenever they see or hear anything suspicious.  RT.




August 23, 2012,

Officers Apprehend Robbery Suspects
 
Eastway Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Rahshawn Shamir Johnson, DOB: 04/17/1992, and Mariah Laquincia Pew, DOB: 12/04/1991, for their involvement in the robberies of two businesses.  On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery from business call for service at the McDonald’s, located at 2301 Central Avenue.  CMPD Dispatch gave out a description of a suspect fleeing the crime scene in a black Nissan Maxima. 
 
While en-route to the scene, an officer noticed a witness flagging him down in an alleyway near the McDonald’s where a black Nissan was parked.  While pulling into the alleyway the officer observed Mr. Johnson fleeing from the vehicle.  Officers then witnessed Mr. Johnson jump a nearby fence and toss the handgun used in the robbery.  Mr. Johnson was subsequently apprehended by officers and identified as the suspect in the robbery. 
 
Officers also arrested Ms. Pew, who was the driver of the suspect vehicle.  After being interviewed by detectives, both admitted to the robbery.  Both suspects also admitted to having robbed Captain D’s Restaurant located at 2838 Freedom Drive on August 21, 2012 around 9:45 p.m.
 
Rahshawn Johnson and Mariah Pew were each charged with two counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.
 
For additional information about these incidents please reference report numbers 20120822-2153-02 and 20120821-2143-02. 
 
Anyone with additional information concerning this case or the other suspect is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip-line at 704.334.1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/ RT.


 
              Johnson                               Pew


August 22, 2012,

Robbery Trio Arrested

North Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Jerome McGraw, DOB: 07/31/1987, Marc Tyrone Tomblin, DOB: 07/12/1991, and Phyllis Yvette Jenson, DOB: 10/21/1988, for a robbery they committed earlier this week.
 
On Monday, August 20, 2012, at approximately 4:00 p.m.,  patrol officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call for service at a home in the 8200 block of Golf Ridge Drive.  The victim stated that he just returned home from the store and was parked in his driveway when an individual armed with a pistol approached his vehicle and tapped on his driver’s side window.  The victim stated that another individual approached the vehicle from the passenger side.  The suspects ordered the victim to open the vehicle, removed the victim’s cell phone and computer equipment he just purchased earlier in the day. The suspects got into a waiting vehicle before leaving the area.
 
Evidence gathered and information obtained during the investigation implicated the three suspects in the robbery.  On Tuesday, August 21, 2012, North Division Officers located the suspects in the parking lot of the Northlake Mall.  All three suspects were arrested without incident.  Officers also recovered property belonging to the victim in the possession of the suspects.  Excellent work and critical communication between by patrol officers and detectives resulted in the swift apprehension of the trio.  All three suspects have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.
 
Anyone with additional information with regard to this case is asked to call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com RT.

  
            McGraw                                 Tomblin                                     Jenson



August 21, 2012,

Mother Charged with Child Neglect

 Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Youth Crimes Unit are conducting an investigation into an incident involving child neglect.  On August 20, 2012, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Independence Division Patrol Officers responded to 5307 Firelight Lane in reference to an Assist Medic call involving a 1 year old child.  When officers arrived on scene the male victim was conscious but unresponsive and being attended by medical personnel. 

The victim’s mother advised officers that she left the victim unattended in the bathroom and returned to find the victim unresponsive.  The victim’s mother then called 911 and began performing CPR.  The victim was transported to Presbyterian Main Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
 
Detectives have charged Jessenia Gissel Matute, DOB: 12/25/1991, with Child Neglect.   The Department of Social Services is conducting a joint investigation.  RT.



August 20, 2012,

CMPD Arrest Three Breaking and Entering Suspects

Metro Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Devon Stack, DOB: 06/22/1993, Dequarius Chastain, DOB: 03/31/1995, and Brain Gaddy, DOB: 06/18/1992, for their involvement in a breaking and entering case. (20120816212502)
 
On August 16, 2012, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to an alarm call for service at the Ashley Park Academy located at 2401 Belfast Drive.  Officers were informed that motion sensors inside of the location were activated and that the intruders may still be inside of the building.  When officers arrived they observed three individuals inside of the school who were running from the main office area down one of the hallways.  Other officers positioned themselves at the other end of the school and observed the suspects exit the school through a back doorway.   The suspects spotted the officers and ran towards a wood line .  After a brief foot pursuit all of the individuals were apprehended. 
 
Officers arrested the individuals and located several items taken from the school by the suspects including a laptop computer, graphing calculators, and digital cameras.  The suspects have been charged with breaking and entering, larceny, conspiracy, and resisting public officer.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.  RT

  
              Stack                                 Chastain                                    Gaddy




August 14, 2012,

Security Restrictions and Transportation Plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention

The 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) will be held in Charlotte, North
Carolina from September 4-6, 2012. The event has been designated as a National Special Security
Event by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
Security and transportation plans for the convention and its events have been developed by a
partnership of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies. Every effort has
been made to minimize the impact of these safety measures.
 
This plan provides the general outlines for road closures, vehicular and pedestrian restrictions and
public transportation


 
 
August 10, 2012,

Robbery Suspect Arrested

On July 28, 2012, shortly before 3 a.m., officers responded to an armed robbery from person that occurred at The Shoppes at University Place located at 9105 J.W. Clay Blvd.  The two victims stated they were walking around the lake when they were approached by a black female and a black male.  The male suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded their cash.  One of the victims then offered the suspect their debit cards. The male suspect then took the two victims at gunpoint to a vehicle and drove them to the Wells Fargo at 8700 J.M. Keynes Dr.  The victims provided the female suspect their debit cards and PIN numbers. The female withdrew cash from each victim's account.  The suspects dropped the victims back at the original robbery location and the male suspect took both victim's identification cards.
 
On August 3, 2012,  at 2:21 a.m., officers responded to the Shoppes at University Place in reference to an armed robbery from person.  The victims stated that they were walking around the lake when a black female and black male approached them.  The male suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded the female victim’s purse and then went through the pockets of the male victim and removed items. The suspects also demanded the jewelry that the female victim was wearing. The male subject then demanded the PIN to their debit cards, which they refused to give.  The suspects fled the scene when the victims refused to give them their PIN.
 
In both robberies the suspects were described as a B/F with dreads, a lip ring, and petite. The B/M was described as dark skin, approximately 6' tall, facial hair that hung down at the chin, muscular & wearing a black hat with red letter "C".
 
On August 6, 2012, Robbery Unit detectives developed a possible address where the suspects may reside.  They made contact with the male suspect, Tommy Leon Moses, DOB: 06/20/1984, at an apartment at the Slopes Apartments.  Evidence recovered inside the apartment implicated him and his girlfriend, Latoya Bianca Howie, DOB: 06/08/1988, in both robberies.  Mr. Moses was arrested on August 6th and Ms. Howie was arrested on August 9th 
 
The suspects have been charged with the following offenses in regards to these two robberies.:
Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon (4 counts)
Kidnapping (4 counts)
Conspiracy
Possession of a firearm by a Convicted Felon (Moses only)
 
Both suspects are in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.  RT


August 9, 2012,

CMPD Asking for Assistance in Larceny from Auto Cases






CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On July 28, 2012 an unknown suspect broke into two vehicles in the parking lot of the Swim Club on Lomax Avenue in Charlotte. 

On July 31st, 2012 the female in the photograph attempted to cash one of the victim’s checks at the SunTrust in Arden, NC.  Detectives from the Providence Division are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this female. 

If anyone has any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  RT



August 8, 2012,

CMPD Detectives Arrest Murder Suspect

Joseph Lloyd Rayfield, DOB: 02/26/1970, was arrested  in Myrtle Beach, SC by the Myrtle Beach Police Department without incident.  Homicide Detectives are currently en-route to Myrtle Beach to interview Mr. Rayfield.  The extradition process will begin immediately, but there is no current timetable on Rayfield’s return to Mecklenburg County.

Rayfield was wanted for the murder of 52 year old Alfred Michael Smith.  On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, Steele Creek Division patrol officers responded to a call for service placed by a concerned neighbor in regards to the welfare of the male who resides at 11339 Red Hickory Lane.  Mr. Smith was found deceased when the neighbor entered the home to check on him.  The neighbor then exited the house and called 911 to report the incident.  There were obvious signs of foul play at the crime scene.  
 
 
Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  Detectives with the Gang Unit responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.  Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team responded to the scene as well. 
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Tisdale is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  For additional information, reference CMPD complaint number 2012-0724-192800.  RT



                  Rayfield


August 7, 2012,

CMPD Particpates in "National Night Out" Events




           Neighbors gather at the Hidden Valley event


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Folks from across the area took to their communities to send a clear message to the criminals.  Several dozen "National Night Out" events across the area brought neighbors and police together.

The 29th annual event was started to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support for anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit while improving police-community partnerships.

Click the link to views some local television coverage of the CMPD's involvement in "National Night Out."

http://www.wcnc.com/news/editors-pick/National-Night-Out-helps-bring-community-police-together--165396316.html RT


 

August 7, 2012,

CMPD Arrest Murder Suspects

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit have identified and arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of Christopher Cordero.  Jordan Alexander Poe, DOB: 07/13/1992, voluntarily turned himself in at police headquarters to speak with Homicide Detectives.   
 
Mark Garfield Grant, DOB: 10/27/1992, was also identified as a suspect in the murder and robbery.  A request for the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team to locate Mr. Grant was initiated.  VCAT located and arrested Mr. Grant this evening at approximately 8:45 p.m. near Albemarle Road and I-485.     

One June 11, 2012, Hickory Grove patrol officers responded to a 911 call for service on Wilora Lake Road in reference to one male shot in a driveway.  Upon arrival Mr. Cordero was located and pronounced deceased by Medic. 
 
The initial investigation indicates that the suspects and the victim had altercation in the driveway which led to the shooting.  
 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective D. Abbott is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  For additional information, reference CMPD complaint number 20120611173402.  RT



August 6, 2012,

CMPD Detectives Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect


   Anthony Watson


Dectives with the Armed Robbery Unit have charged Anthony Watson with a total of four counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, four counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and one count of Firearm by Felon.  The weapon Mr. Watson used during the robbery of the BB&T on Sardis Road North was recovered in his possession.  Mr. Watson has been transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office where he will remain in custody. 

 
Detectives with the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and the FBI Charlotte Safe Streets Task Force have arrested Anthony Watson, DOB: 06/23/1959, and charged him with the August 3rd robbery of BB&T located at 1710 Sardis Road North.  Mr. Watson is also suspected of robbing 3 other banks in Charlotte in recent months.  Today’s arrest took place at 7706 North Tryon Street at the InTown Suites at around 9 a.m.  Mr. Watson was taken into custody without incident.
 
Robbery Unit Detectives are currently investigating these 4 bank robberies which Mr. Watson is suspected of robbing:
2012-0611-095100 / SunTrust Bank located at 1935 Galleria Boulevard
2012-0720-152902 / SunTrust Bank located at 1935 Galleria Boulevard
2012-0730-135000 / BB&T located at 2211 West Arbors Drive
2012-0803-130605 / BB&T located at 1710 Sardis Road North
 
Note that he has currently only been charged with the August 3rd robbery of BB&T.  The investigation is still in its early stages.  As additional information develops, it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.
 
Information from a Crime Stoppers tip greatly accelerated this investigation over the weekend as Detectives were able to identify Mr. Watson and sign warrants on him.  The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team was given the case and immediately began attempting to locate Mr. Watson, who was recently released from prison in Virginia and was on federal probation for robbery at the time of his arrest.  RT




August 6, 2012,

Civilian and officers of the month



Congratulations to our sworn and non-sworn employees of the month!  Pictured from left to right are Barbara Sellers with Communications, Officer Caleb Skipper with the Independence Division and Officer Brandon Overcash with the North Tryon Division.  


August 3, 2012,

Officers Arrest Robbery Suspect



Clavon William Sanders
 
North Tryon Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Clavon William Sanders, DOB: 03/11/1976, for his involvement in a robbery of a business.  On Thursday, August 2, 2012, at approximately 11:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery from business call for service at the Fast Mart located at 1421 Tom Hunter Rd. (20120802225401) When officers arrived, the store clerk stated the suspect approached him with a pistol and demanded cash from the register.  The clerk gave the suspect the cash before the suspect turned and grabbed money out of a customer’s hand and fired a shot into the location before he got into a waiting car with another individual and left the area.
 
No one was struck from the gunshot. The victim called 911 and gave a detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle he was traveling in. A short time later an off duty CMPD officer in the area who heard the description over the radio observed a vehicle matching the description traveling on Sugar Creek and Cinderella Roads.  The officer requested a marked cruiser to respond to the area to conduct a stop of the vehicle.  Officers stopped the car on Gibbon Rd. and the passenger of the vehicle jumped and ran from the vehicle and was not located. The driver of the car was detained and later positively identified by the store clerk. 
 
Clavon William Sanders was arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.  Anyone with additional information concerning this case or the other suspect is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip-line at 704.334.1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com RT