CMPD launches summer initiative to curb crime

- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is taking action against violence in the city's high crime areas. And the department said they're already getting results.

Police said they've arrested these two gang suspects - Zerrell Fuentes and Demontra Glenn – and cut violent crime by 15 percent in Charlotte's top problem areas.

It's all part of CMPD’s summer initiative to curb the heat wave of serious crime.

"Just as if it was a Christmastime property initiative where cars and houses are broken into in the holidays, violent crime tends to rise in the summer," said CMPD Lt. Brian Sanders.

These are the three areas they're targeting: Beatties Ford Rd corridor, Camp Greene Street, and Sugar Creek Road.

CMPD said it started bringing in more officers and resources in mid-May.

Their focus at West Sugar Creek Road and I-85 are the hotels where police say most of the violent crime happens.

"What we see is people gathering a lot on the roads which is not good for the businesses," said Sherly Vaset, a hotel manager.

FOX 46 Charlotte spoke with several hotels at exit 41. One way they're working with police is by turning away people they know start trouble.

"Let's say I ban “x” person. All the hotels on the exit get the ban through the police department. If someone is banned from my property, they're banned from the other properties too," said Vaset.

While police have taken action and started getting results, they need you to also take action.
Officers are still looking for this gang suspect D'marrion Gilmore.

Police are asking you to call crime stoppers to give information without sharing your name or going to court.

You can get $1,000 out of it, plus help your community get results.

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