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News for the Month of August 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Cyber Crimes and Youth Crimes Detectives arrest two suspects in separate child exploitation cases
 
         Williams                   Gonzolas
 
On Thursday, August 22, 2013, detectives executed a search warrant in the Freedom Division at the home of Mr. Williams.  This was after the Cyber Crimes Unit had received a lead from detectives with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Department. 
 
Upon executing the search warrant, detectives examined digital evidence belonging to Mr. Williams and found evidence of child pornography.  Mr. Williams was arrested and interviewed by Cyber Crimes Unit Detectives.  Mr. Williams has been charged with four counts of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and is currently in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Mr. Williams is currently employed by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department as a detention officer and has been employed with them for approximately 9 years.  The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has been notified of the arrest and is fully cooperating in the investigation. 
 
This is the second arrest made by the Youth Crimes and Cyber Crimes Units in the past two weeks related to child exploitation.  Detectives also executed a search warrant on August 15th, 2013 in the Metro Division and arrested Gregoro Gonzolas, DOB: 03/18/1978, after locating child pornography on his computer. 
 
Mr. Gonzolas was arrested and charged with three counts of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.  He is also currently in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.     
 
If anyone has additional information concerning these cases, please call Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600.  You may also visit the Crime Stopper’s website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.     JL
 
  
Thursday, August 15, 2013
CMPD launches new public online crime mapping system
 
On Thursday, August 15, 2013, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department launched a new public crime mapping system that can be accessed through the www.cmpd.org  website.  Some of the benefits associated with the new system include:
·      More frequent data updates (daily)
·      More straightforward, user-friendly interface
·      Multiple background/base maps to choose from (streets, terrain, satellite)
·      Various crime types are symbolized more intuitively on the map
 
New options:
·      Users can sign up to receive automatic alerts when specified crime types occur within a distance of a 
 user-provided address.
·      Users can e-mail links to specific “maps” that they create on-screen.
·      Users can quickly view charts and graphs related to crimes displayed on the map.
·      Users can quickly generate a listing of crimes on the map that is sortable by multiple columns.
·      Users can download the CrimeMapping.com iPhone app from the iTunes store to quickly access 
 crime maps on their mobile devices.
To view the new crime mapping system, please visit the at http://www.crimemapping.com
 
 
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
CMPD's Hidden Valley Gang Injunction
 
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Chief Monroe discusses injunction with Hidden Valley community
 
In February of 2013, Gang Unit Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department initiated a drug investigation.  Detectives made a total of twenty seven buys of both marijuana and cocaine from drug sources in and around the Hidden Valley neighborhood.  The criminal investigation concluded the last week of July 2013.
 
While conducting the criminal investigation, Gang Unit Detectives were able to compile information based upon interviews, arrests and reliable sources to warrant a civil injunction on individuals identifying themselves as gang members.
 
In 2012, the NC Gang Nuisance Abatement Act went into effect. This new legislation gave law enforcement a new tool to fight gang crime in NC. This act allowed subjects who were engaged in a pattern of street gang activity to be subject to injunctions as nuisances pursuant to Chapter 19 of the General Statutes.
 
Members of the gang were involved in crimes ranging from drug sales to larcenies from auto, and gun trafficking.  Members range in age from 15-33.  During this period, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officers and detectives seized $54,851 in cash, 13 guns, 1027 grams of marijuana and 5.2 grams of cocaine.
 
The main goal of this operation was to break the cycle of violence and gang activity in this community. Left unchecked, this criminal activity had a very real chance of rivaling the violent days of the Hidden Valley Kings that plagued this neighborhood.
Three top level members of this criminal enterprise will be served as part of the injunction and twenty of their associates have also been named in the injunction.
This injunction sends a strong message to those who want to prey on our neighborhoods.
 
 
 
 
Monday, August 12, 2013
Public's assistance requesting in identifying robbery suspects
 


Robbery Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying these suspects in connection to an armed robbery.
On Friday, August 9, 2013, at approximately 1:05 a.m., the suspects approached the victim while the victim was in the parking lot of the Marathon Gas Station which is located at 4900 N. Tryon Street.  The armed suspects attempted to take the victims property and then shot the victim.  The suspects then fled the scene in a vehicle.  The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.
 
The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20 years old, has a thin build and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and camouflage shorts.  The second suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20 years old,  has an average build and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black pants.  The suspect vehicle is described as a 4-door gold colored vehicle.
 
Anyone with further information concerning this robbery or the suspects identity is asked to call the Crime Stopper’s tip-line at 704-334-1600, or visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.    KT
 
 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
CMPD Participates in 30th annual "National Night Out" Events




Members of the CMPD took part in the 30th annual National Night Out program which is designed to heighten crime prevention and awareness, generate support for local programs, strengthen neighborhood spirits and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.     KT

 
 
Friday, August 2, 2013
CMPD Detectives Investigate Illegal Sweepstakes Parlor
 
On Friday, August 2, 2013, Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department conducted an investigation at the Brookshire Business Center, located at 3730 Brookshire Boulevard.
The investigation was launched after the sweepstakes business failed to comply with a written notice from the District Attorney’s office regarding the operation of an electronic sweepstakes operation.  As a result of the investigation, the Brookshire Business Center was found to be in violation of North Carolina gambling and electronic sweepstakes laws.  Electronic machines and devices are prohibited under North Carolina general statue 14-306.4. 
 
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department were issued a search warrant for the business and more than 76 electronic sweepstakes gaming machines were seized from the business along with more than $5,000 in currency.  This is an active investigation and criminal charges are pending.     KT
 
 
 
Thursday, August 1, 2013
CMPD Employees of the Month of August 
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           Nancy Kerns                             Officers Slauter and Hough                     Officer Dan Tran
      CMPD Lab Division                           Central Division                               North Division





 
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Public's assistance requesting in identifying robbery suspect
 


Surveillance photos are attached from a robbery at the Latino Community Credit Union located at 3130 Milton Road, Charlotte, at approximately 2:30pm on August 1, 2013.  The unknown black male handed a note to teller demanding money.  He is believed to be in his late 30's- early 40's wearing a black baseball hat with a white design, a long sleeved shirt, and blue jeans. Call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100 if you have any information to identify this subject.      KT