The Crime Scene for March 18

Police file charges in fatal crash

An illegal immigrant living in Charlotte, who lied to Matthews Police during the investigation of a fatal crash last month, is now facing charges.

Alfredo Morales, 37, has been charged with resisting a public officer by obstructing or delaying an investigation and driving without an operator’s license, according to a news release from the Matthews department. Morales’ wife, Gloria Escobar, 46, had been previously identified as the driver of a sport utility vehicle involved in a Feb. 19 fatal crash along East Independence Boulevard near Northern Tool.

Morales, who is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail on an immigration matter, was actually driving that day, the release said.

Morales maintained throughout the investigation that he wasn’t driving, but police learned through witnesses and interviews with first responders that he was, spokesman Officer Stason Tyrrell said.

According to police, Craig Anderson, 37, of Monroe, was speeding on a motorcycle driving about 89 miles per hour when he struck Morales’ vehicle. Police say Morales was being inattentive and failed to yield the right of way, the release said. Anderson and his passenger, 24-year-old Tiffany Johnson of Stallings, died at the scene.

Lawyers Road Subway robbed

Mint Hill Police are looking for a man they say robbed a Subway restaurant Saturday about 8:45 p.m.

The man walked into the store at 9044 Lawyers Road, suite A, and demanded money. The man displayed no weapon. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt with a white shirt or cloth covering his face. He left with $289, according to a police report.

If you have any information about this crime, call Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085. Tips can be given anonymously.

$50,000 stolen in home break-in

Police say tens of thousands of dollars in cash and other items were stolen during a home break-in near Mint Hill Thursday, March 10, media partner WBTV reported.

The incident happened at a home on the 7300 block of Rena Mae Lane off Lawyers Road between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

A woman living at the home told police someone stole $50,000, a Sony digital camera, an assortment of jewelry, a U.S. passport, a Social Security card and two checkbooks.

If you have any information about this crime, call Mecklenburg County Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

March 8 to 14



March 10: Paul Jurgens, 47, of 7020 Burlwood Road, Charlotte. Driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license.
March 10: Jason Wills, 30, of 13230 Graymist Drive, Charlotte. Intoxicated and disruptive.
March 11: Paul Barlow, 42, of 5404 Lebanon Road, Mint Hill. Driving while impaired.
March 13: Kimberly Dubose, 31, of 6213 Round Hill Road, ­Charlotte. Driving while impaired.
March 14: Noble Williams, 35, of 6502 Clearwater Drive. Possession of marijuana, driving with a revoked license, expired registration plate.

March 9: 800 block of Clearbrook Road. $600 flat-screen TV and $700 computer stolen. Forced entry.
March 13: 9300 block of East Independence Boulevard. Child’s purse, Bible, MP3 player stolen from vehicle.
March 13: Golden Corral, 11025 E. Independence Blvd. Purse containing cash stolen from vehicle. Forced entry.
March 13: 10500 block of Paces Avenue. $200 in damage to doorframe. Subject smoked marijuana inside.

March 8: Kohl’s, 9617 Independence Blvd. $59.99 pair of shoes stolen.
March 10: Best Buy, 2109 Matthews Township Pkwy. $120 in XBox video games stolen.
March 11: Greylock Homeowners Association, 7935 Greylock Ridge Road. $400 in copper stolen from sprinkler system.

March 8: Triangle Boutique, 11229 E. Independence Blvd. $200 in damage when front door glass broken.
March 9: 325 Pineville-Matthews Road. $600 in damage to vehicle passenger door hit by object.

March 11: Butler High School, 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Juvenile charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance and drug paraphernalia (homemade marijuana pipes, cigarette lighters, aluminum foil, pill bottle).

Mint Hill

March 8: Tariano Watkins, 16, of 6203 Fringe Tree Drive, Charlotte, arrested at Rocky River High School. Disorderly conduct (by cursing and gesturing).
March 8: Harry Hessle III, 32, of 8415 Pinstripe Lane, Charlotte. Simple possession of marijuana and drug ­paraphernalia.
March 8: Coleman Pannell, 22, of 8201 Buckingham Lane, Harrisburg. Possession of drug paraphernalia.
March 8: Jeffrey Holman, 46, of 4003 Lawrence Daniel Drive, Matthews. Driving while impaired.
March 10: Dwan Downer, 30, of 4709 Stoney Trace Drive, Apt. M. Possession/concealing stolen property (NC license plate), misdemeanor possession of marijuana, driving with revoked license.
March 12: Paul King, 51, of 4701 Harri Ann Drive, Charlotte. Driving while impaired.
March 13: Sharon ­Bailey, 42, of 3531 Jared Circle. Unauthorized use of motor vehicle.

March 10: 10419 Hanging Moss Trail. $204.55 in fraudulent debit-card charges at gas station in Montgomery, Ala.

March 8: Rite Aid, 9107 Lawyers Road. $70 in assorted candy bars stolen.
March 11: Citgo Pitstop, 9100 Lawyers Road. $49 carton of cigarettes stolen.
March 12: Bloom, 6275 Wilson Grove Road. Two 12-pack rolls of Scott toilet paper and two one-gallon jugs of Ocean Spray apple juice stolen.
March 12: 11240 Pine Grove Ave. License plate stolen.

March 13: Colonial Village at Greystone clubhouse, 9610 Stoney Glen Drive. Two windows broken and building spray-painted.

These Mint Hill reports were unavailable last week.

March 1: Zachary Dunlevy, 17, of 4730 Tracewood Court, Charlotte, arrested at Rocky River High School. Possession of weapons on school grounds (two paintball guns).
March 3: Harrison Johnson, 17, of 1918 Yaupon Road, Charlotte, arrested at Rocky River High School. Communicating threats.
March 7: Ashley Rippy, 17, 5601 Faulcon Bridge Road, Charlotte, arrested at Rocky River High School. Communicating threats.

March 3: HomeStyles Gallery & Specialty Shops, 11237 Lawyers Road. Five rings worth $250 stolen.

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