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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (Sept. 17) 

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Come Again: A 39-year-old woman called 911 after going through a terrible experience in southeast Charlotte last week, just days after a young boy was shot during a drive-by shooting in what police believe was a case of mistaken address. The woman told officers that she was at home with her 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter when a man she had never seen before kicked her door in and pointed a handgun at her. After a moment, he exclaimed, "Wrong house," and left the address, jumping into an idling car and driving away.

Hot Outfit: Police responded to a domestic violence call off Idlewild Road but found no suspects or victims of assault, just an impromptu bonfire. They reported finding assorted shirts and pants, which belonged to a 24-year-old man who lived at the residence, burning on top of a couch cushion in the house's backyard.

For the Birds: A 63-year-old woman called police to her home last week after some neighborhood vandals went the extra mile in damaging her property. Police found a complete shitshow in the woman's yard, as unknown suspects had made off with her solar lights and birdbath, pried apart the doorbells on the front and side of her home, poured out large bags of sand and gravel in her backyard, broke glass in the driveway and — perhaps worst of all — left assorted toys lying in her backyard.

Bo Time: A 22-year-old Bojangles' employee filed a police report after being shot in the face by a customer she didn't know. The woman told officers the suspect sprayed her in the face with a squirt gun before driving off the property. Police are investigating the incident as a simple assault.

Which Came First: A 65-year-old woman called police after nearly being hit by an egg she believes was dropped from above by a prankster. The woman said she was walking down the bottom flight of stairs at her apartment when an egg suddenly dropped in front of her and broke on the pavement. She said she believes the egg was aimed for her head, but when she looked up she didn't see the person (or chicken) who dropped it.

Extra Flavor: Police filed a report last week after finding a student at James Martin High School who was reportedly in possession of a small bag of marijuana mixed with oregano. In the report, police said the student will be required to attend a program where he will learn about peer presure, conflict resolution and decision making, but apparently not the ethical problems involved with cheating people out of a more pure experience by cutting your weed with spices.

Free Ride: An employee at Club Lust in north Charlotte called police last weekend after a car was stolen from the club while he worked the door. The man said he got into an argument with two men who wanted to get in the club, but he would not let them. He said that, during the argument, one of the men grabbed a set of car keys from a nearby table. Soon after, the men accepted that they weren't going to be allowed in the club and settled for leaving the parking lot in some poor soul's car.

Threat of the Week: A 52-year-old man filed a police report after receiving an email that quite literally threatened his very existence. The email read, "Unless you're looking for trouble I will erase all evidence that you existed as whatever you call yourself." The victim said he believed that the email was a threat against his life.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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