CMPD: Violent crime spree comes to an end

Police in Charlotte say a violent, week-long crime spree has come to an end.

According to investigators, the seven men arrested, A’jare Dean, Shahquan Cureton, Dequan Cureton, Devonte Crawford, Tryshon Herron, Ricky Bennett, and Te’Asia Oliphant, are responsible for a string of crimes ranging from assault to carjackings to a shooing. CMPD says not all seven were involved in each of the roughly dozen or so crimes, but they believe all the incidents are connected.

The suspects were caught after investigators say they committed their most violent act Monday, a shootout with a man that sent bullets into an apartment. People were home, but no one was hurt.
Lt. Melanie Peacock said, “The escalating violence certainly made us concerned, and we wanted to get a lid on this as quickly as possible.”

The first victim was a customer at the Family Coin Laundry in East Charlotte. The owner of the laundromat, Gaute Hunsbedt, said, “He (the customer) seemed almost like he woke up from a bad dream or something. Yes, that must have been very disturbing.” Hunsbedt said the customer was robbed at gunpoint and that the suspects stole the customer’s wallet.

CMPD says this case isn't over yet. They believe there could be more victims, either cases they haven't yet connected to the suspects or people that haven't come forward and reported crimes.