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Archived News and Media Releases for November 2010

November 29, 2010

CMPD working to identify driver of pickup

Photo of truck involved in fatal hit and run
  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit is looking for a two-tone (dark blue over a lighter color) Ford F-150 pickup truck in connection to a fatal hit and run collision on November 28, 2010 at 5:19 am. 

The suspect vehicle struck and killed an elderly man who was crossing the street in the 4200 block of Brookshire Boulevard and continued outbound until it turned left onto S. Hoskins Road. 

The truck will have damage to the front grill (honeycomb style) and tinted bug guard.  Anyone with information about this incident can call a detective at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. RT


November 29, 2010

Homicide Investigator honored

Investigator Garry McFadden
  CMPD Homicide Investigator Garry McFadden was honored by the Mecklenburg Chapter of the North Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution.  McFadden was honored for his ongoing commitment to the community that goes above and beyond the call of duty. 

The 28 year veteran cop has committed a large portion of his off duty time to public speaking engagements to students concerning his job and the lessons that can be learned by his experiences.  McFadden has spent the last 18 years of his career in the Homicide Unit.

As part of his outreach efforts he has served as a mentor to several prison inmates by motivating them to obtain their high school equivalency and assisting with their employment upon release.  This selfless man should inspire us all. 

To learn more about the Sons of the American Revolution please visit their website at RT 


November 29, 2010

CMPD's Officer of the Month

Officer Paul Arpino
  CMPD is proud to announce that Officer Paul Arpino has been chosen Officer of the Month for December. Officer Arpino is assigned to CMPD's Freedom Division. The diligent officer has recorded 25 arrests between October 2nd and November 16th.

He's helped close out a variety of cases in the division including a number of B&E and weapons cases. 

If you see Officer Arpino patrolling the neighborhoods in the confines of the Freedom Division, make sure to say thanks for the hard work and dedication.  He's truly one of CMPD'd finest.  RT


November 24, 2010

Home Holiday Security Tips

With the holidays rapidly approaching the Charlotte–Mecklenburg Police Department would like to provide you with some home security tips.

  1. Make sure your home is well lit. Turn on outside lights, spotlights, motions lights, etc. Leave several lights on timers while you are away to give your home that lived in look.

  2. Keep all shrubbery trimmed. Do not allow shrubbery to conceal windows or doors.

  3. Remove anything a burglar could climb up on to gain entry or use to knock out a window or door; items such as ladders, tools, tables, and chairs.

  4. All exterior doors should be solid, rather than hollow core.

  5. Don’t leave garage roll down doors open, even while you are home or while you are doing yard work.

  6. Use a deadbolt lock to secure your doors. A good deadbolt should have a 1” throw, if you have glass within 40” of the lock a burglar could reach in and unlock the door. A double cylinders lock (this type needs a key on both sides to unlock) should be used if glass is near the lock.

  7. If you are going away contact a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail, newspaper and other delivered items.

  8. Try not to leave gifts in open view. This is an invitation to burglars.

  9. Don’t advertise new gifts or purchases. Break up cartons before leaving them at the curb or dispose of them another way the morning of trash pick up.

  10. Don’t forget to engrave new gifts or purchases with your Drivers license number.

  11. Don’t open your door to strangers. Be wary of solicitors and salespersons. If a stranger asks to use your telephone, tell them to stay outside, lock the door behind you and make the call for them. Never let a stranger inside your home.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department wishes your family a happy & safe holiday season. RT

November 24, 2010

CMPD kicks off Toys for Tots campaign

Police Chief Rodney Monroe with Marine Reserves
  On Wednesday, November 24, 2010, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department launched their annual Toys for Tots Drive at the Police Training Academy on Shopton Road.   The purpose of this event was to get the media and public aware that the CMPD, Charlotte Fire Department and United States Marine Corps Reserves are working together to provide toys to the underprivileged for Christmas. 

These toys will go to help provide for 600 families that our Explorer Post sponsor with our annual Christmas project.  CMPD Police Chief Rodney Monroe as well as command staff were present for the kickoff. The Chief will spoke briefly about our partnership and commitment to helping the community during these challenging economic times. 
For further information on the Toys for Tots campaign and how you can help please contact Officer Tom Allen at 704-301-8931 or by email at  RT 

November 23, 2010

CMPD Major participates in Richmond Marathon

Major Cameron Selvey
  Major Cameron Selvey, who supervises the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Internal Affairs Division spent last weekend in Virginia running the Richmond Marathon.  The event is billed as "America's Friendliest Marathon" This year more than 16-thpusand runner’s participated in the scenic course. 

Hats off to Major Selvey for staying the course and making the CMPD proud.  

November 23, 2010
Financial Crimes Unit Detectives Make an Arrest

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Financial Crimes Unit Detectives have arrested Wayne Walter Smith, Jr, W/M, DOB: 08/17/165 for the Exploitation of an Elder Adult.

The elderly victim met Mr. Smith through her church and was also the realtor that sold her house. The victim remained friends with Mr. Smith and his family. In October 2007, the victim signed a power of attorney giving Mr. Smith control of her finances, an excess of $150,000. The victim was in an assisted living facility at this time.

In March 2009, a friend of the victim’s contacted the police department regarding adult exploitation. A referral was made to the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services/Adult Protective Services Division and a joint investigation began with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. A warrant was obtained for Mr. Smith and he was arrested on November 24, 2010 and charged with Exploitation of an Elder Adult.

Please refer to complaint numbers: 2009-0326-0938-05

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department encourages individuals to look for signs of possible exploitation

  • Unexplained withdrawals of money
  • Using deceit, treachery, or coercion to obtain money
  • Unusually interest by anyone in the older or disabled adult's finances
  • Difference between assets and lifestyles
  • Unusually large payments for services rendered
  • Failure to pay for basic needs (lights, phone)
  • Inappropriate sexual activities


Call 704-336-CARE (2273) to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation. RH


  November 17, 2010

CMPD to kick off Toys For Tots campaign

On Wednesday, November 24, 2010, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will launch their annual Toys for Tots Drive.  People who would like to donate unwrapped, non violent toys for the event may do so between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Police and Fire Training Academy, located at 1770 Shopton Road.  Volunteers will be stationed in front of the facility to collect the toys.  Each person who donates a gift will receive a coupon for a Wendy’s Value Meal.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m. that day the CMPD will also officially launch the Toys for Tots Kick Off in the Training Academy Auditorium.  The purpose of this event is to get the media and public aware that the CMPD, Charlotte Fire Department and United States Marine Corps Reserves are working together to provide toys to the underprivileged for Christmas.  These toys will go to help provide for 600 families that our Explorer Post sponsor with our annual Christmas project.    CMPD Police Chief Rodney Monroe as well as command staff will be present along with command staff from the CFD.  The chief will speak briefly about our partnership and commitment to helping the community during these challenging economic times.  1110 AM WBT sports radio personality Jim Szoke has agreed to emcee the day’s activities.

For further information on the event please contact Officer Tom Allen at 704-301-8931 or by email at We look forward to a tremendous turnout for these important events.


November 17, 2010

CMPD officers arrest armed robbery suspects

   Reginald Chisholm                        Shomari Pittman

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, Westover division officers were dispatched to 900 E. Arrowood Road after a man called 911 stating he was robbed at gunpoint.  When officers arrived they interviewed the victim who stated he just got off a bus on Arrowood Road when several young men attempted to befriend him and followed him to a convenience store.  Once the victim left the store he stated the suspects produced a pistol and robbed him before they fled to the Light Rail Line at Arrowood Road. 

A short time later Focus Mission Team officers from the Westover Division observed two young men who matched the description of the robbery suspects.  The victim identified Chisholm and Pittman as the suspects who robbed him.  Property belonging to the victim was recovered from the suspects along with a pistol the victim says the duo used in the robbery. 

Reginald Chisholm, DOB: 01/01/1992 has been charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. This is Chisholm's fifth arrest in Mecklenburg County since 2008.  Shomari Pittman, DOB: 06/11/992 has been charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  This is Pittman's fourth arrest in Mecklenburg County since 2009. RT

November 15, 2010:

Alert neighbor helps officers nab residential B&E suspects

      Tyshaun Doral Lee                    Nadon Toure

On November 11, 2010, North Tryon Division officers responded to the 1700 block of Purser Drive after a neighbor called 911 stating they observed three suspicious people casing out an unoccupied home.  The suspicious trio took off before officers arrived. 

Once officers got on the scene they observed the rear door and window of the home had been broken.  An alert neighbor observed the suspects leave the scene and told officers their whereabouts.  Officers located the suspects in the 800 block of Eastway Drive.  The neighbor positively identified the suspects.  Stolen property from the home was also recovered from the suspects.

Tyshaun Doral Lee, DOB: 03/24/1991, and Nadan Toure, DOB: 05/15/1992, were both arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering and Larceny. 

This case illustrates the importance of community involvement.  These arrests would not have been possible without the assistance of an engaged neighbor who got involved.  RT


  November 13, 2010:

Hundreds participate in Thin Blue Line Run

  The community packed the Police Training Academy Saturday.  Hundreds of people laced up their sneakers and participated in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Thin Blue Line Run. 

The 5K race was established last year to help support the Charlotte's Finest Legacy Foundation.  That foundation was organized to assist in raising money for a scholarship in the memory of CMPD Police Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton who were killed in the line of duty in 2007.
The scholarship is to assist those high school seniors who are wishing to pursue a career in law enforcement. RT 


November 11, 2010:

Officer Gives a Second Chance to a Complete Stranger

“Hired in January, 2000 and a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s 133 Recruit class, Officer Stephen Begley participated in an academy class project where he and his classmates registered with the National Marrow Donor Program. Nearly ten years later, it was determined that Officer Begley of the second shift of the Eastway Division was a perfect match for a 34 year old woman whom he had never met and who would not live without a donation from him.  Although the medical process was very painful and caused significant suffering over the course of the first week of November for Officer Begley he did generously donate his blood’s white cells so that the unknown recipient may have a second chance at life.  Anyone who knows Officer Begley would describe him as a perfectionist, and in this circumstance, Officer Begley was literally a perfect match for this woman and certainly provided her with the life-giving white cells she so desperately needed so that she may live.”   RH



  November 5, 2010
Detectives conducting an investigation into a robbery/shooting in the Steele Creek Division

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Robbery Unit Detectives are conducting an investigation into a robbery/shooting which occurred in a parking lot near 13830 Steele Creek Road in the Steele Creek Division.  The incident was reported at 10:12 p.m., on Thursday, November 4, 2010.  One of the two victims, Timothy Renaldo Graham, was shot in the back and transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of a serious injury. 
The second victim in this case, Darius Rayvon McCrea, stated that he and Mr. Graham were met by two male subjects who then got into the rear of his vehicle, a Chevy HHR.  Mr. McCrea stated that once the subjects got inside his vehicle, they produced handguns and attempted to rob both victims.  The suspects then began firing their weapons, striking Mr. Graham once in the back; Mr. McCrea was not hit by gunfire.  Both Mr. Graham and Mr. McCrea ran from the vehicle and waited for police to arrive after Mr. McCrea called 911 to report the incident.  Medic arrived a short time later and transported Mr. Graham to CMC while Mr. McCrea remained on scene and advised that one of the suspects fled the scene in Mr. McCrea’s vehicle. 
A BOLO was put out for Mr. McCrea’s vehicle and a short time later, patrol officers in the Westover Division saw Mr. McCrea’s stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station at the intersection of West Boulevard and Remount Road.  Several subjects standing nearby the stolen vehicle were detained.  Mr. McCrea was brought to the scene in an attempt to have him identify anyone who may have been involved with the robbery and shooting.  Mr. McCrea identified Quadarrian Antonio Morrison, DOB: 10/04/1991, as one of the armed robbery suspects.  Mr. Morrison was arrested and transported to police headquarters for questioning.  Mr. Morrison is facing charges of:
The second suspect has not yet been arrested or positively identified.  Anyone with information as to his identity is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Crime Scene Search responded to the scene to collect physical evidence and photograph the scene.  Members ADW Unit and Gang Unit assisted the investigation. 
At this preliminary stage of the investigation, this does not appear to be a random act of violence, as the meeting between the two groups was pre-arranged.  Outstanding work by the Steele Creek Division patrol officers at the scene along with that of the Westover Division patrol officers who detained the suspect at the gas station led to a quick resolution of this incident.  The investigation is far from over however, as detectives continue in their effort to identify the second robbery/shooting suspect.  RF

November 4, 2010

Metro Division Drug/Prostitution Sting

In reference to the Metro Division Drug/Prostitution Sting, a total of 16 suspects have been arrested and will remain in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. The search warrant produced a total of 12 arrests that encompassed the Brookshire Inn Motel and the BP gas station. Cocaine and marijuana were seized as well as GPS from one of the rooms searched.

As a result of the warrant service, 3 suspects with indictments were located and arrested.

One of the subjects, William Dee, B/M , DOB: 5/11/80, at the time of his arrest resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of cocaine.  Due to his arrest, officers conducted a knock and talk at 1500 block of Oaklawn Avenue where Blaise Dugan was arrested for possession of crack cocaine.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Metro Division has been conducting an ongoing investigation into illegal drug and prostitution activity at the Brookshire Inn Motel located at 3601 Brookshire Boulevard.  This investigation was launched on September 1, 2010, after numerous complaints from concerned citizens, a review of calls for service, and officer’s observations of illegal activity occurring at this location.

The CMPD Metro Division’s Focus Mission Team (FMT) worked in conjunction with the Vice and Narcotics Division, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  During the course of this investigation the CMPD gained critical intelligence into the inner workings of this operation through citizen cooperation, conducting undercover narcotics purchases and varying forms of surveillance.

The investigation revealed that several rooms at the motel were being used as a safe haven for criminal activity.  Officers determined that this was an active open air drug market with a clear chain of command structured with a single leader in charge, a second in command and several lower level dealers.  This operation ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Although we can not give an exact dollar amount it is believed that in excess of $25,000 of crack cocaine was being distributed each week from these locations.  In addition, there was a high volume of prostitution activity.  This dollar figure does not include financial gains that were also made by this group through the sale of other illegal drugs such as heroin, ecstasy, and marijuana.

During this operation officers made seventeen narcotics purchases from fifteen individuals.  This led to seventy one charges being filed against these fifteen individuals and 40 drugs and prostitution related arrests were made in addition to the charges filed against our fifteen targeted individuals.

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, the CMPD SWAT Team executed search warrants on four rooms at the motel.  As a result of this investigation grand jury indictments were obtained for the arrest of 15 individuals and five search warrants were issued for various rooms at The Brookshire Inn.  One room was vacant so we did not execute that search warrant.  So far we have arrested five of the subjects that indictments were issued for felony level drug charges including Sale and Deliver Cocaine, Possession with The Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, Conspiracy to Sell Cocaine, and Possession to Sale and Deliver Marijuana.  Currently there are three people on unrelated charges in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department that are targets of these indictments.  Their indictments will be served on them by Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Deputies bringing the total arrest number to eight.  Officers located drugs in all four rooms that were searched and stolen property was recovered in one of the rooms. RH



November 3, 2010:

Cold Case Unit makes an arrest in a 2004 Homicide Case

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Cold Case Unit have arrested Steven Antonio Elam, B/M, DOB: 09/07/1973 for the murder of Mr. Ronnie Dale Page, B/M, DOB: 09/22/1972.

On November 21, 2004, at 6:50 p.m. Mr. Page was returning to his sister’s home with his niece at the 6500 block of Four Seasons Lane, when the suspect, Steven Elam, approached the victim’s vehicle, shortly after carjacking a previous vehicle from the Sav Way on Central Avenue, and demanded that he get out. When the victim did not comply with the suspect’s demands quick enough, the suspect became agitated and fired his weapon into the  driver’s side window of the vehicle,  removed the victim with force and stood over Mr. Page and shot him multiple times, before fleeing the scene in the victim’s vehicle, with the child still seated in the vehicle. The suspect then drove to a location off Central Avenue and demanded that an unknown couple take the child. The suspect, Mr. Elam, left the stolen vehicle there and fled the scene on foot.

Physical evidence recovered and processed by CMPD’s Crime Lab at the request of the Homicide Unit established that the same unknown male DNA was recovered from both vehicles. This unknown sample was entered into the National DNA Database. On October 4, 2010, the database generated a match once Steve Antonio Elam’s DNA was uploaded into the database subsequent to his 2007 federal conviction for a weapons violation.

Mr. Elam was arrested today, November 3, 2010 for murder and the following subsequent charges of 2 counts of Armed Robbery, 2nd Degree Kidnapping, and Possession of Firearm by Felon. Also to note, Mr. Elam was convicted on October 31, 2002 with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance, which is a felony.

This is the 31st  homicide case cleared by the Cold Case Unit since its inception in 2003. RH


November 2, 2010:

CMPD Civilian Employee of the Month

Hickory Grove Crime Analyst Kaiti Reedy
  Crime Analyst Kaiti Reedy has been awarded CMPD's Civilian Employee of the Month.  Kaiti is assigned to the Hickory Grove Division; her boundless dedication to her position is an inspiration.  A self starter who frequently works after hours and has been known to take her work home on weekends. 

The police community can sometimes prove to be a difficult culture to penetrate for civilian employees. Kaiti has clearly been accepted and embraced by the Response Area Commanders and Captain of the Hickory Grove Division. She is pleasant, professional and exceptional at her job. She sets the standard for what a knowledgeable and dedicated CMPD employee should be. And Kaiti is completely deserving of the title Civilian Employee of the Month.  RT


November 1, 2010:

November Officer of the Month

North Tryon Division Officer Rene Quiles 
  Officer Rene Quiles with the North Tryon Division is one of two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers to be awarded Officer of the Month for November, 2010.  Quiles strives to do more for the community and the CMPD every day.  Rene has taken up the responsibility to go every Tuesday to the Latino radio station to provide community service on police relations and issues.  He took on the responsibility of responding to the Latino community during the officer issues that occurred earlier involving Hispanic victims.   

He continues to earn the trust of the Latino community.  He is direct with his responses and has invited the Latino community to ride with him to show how the community reacts to officers doing their everyday duties.   Officer Quiles is truly one of CMPD's Finest and an asset to the community.