***UPDATE*** Freedom Division - Homicide in the 1200 block of Saratoga Drive

9/26/2018

​Case Update: Wednesday, September 26, 2018,

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit have charged Sa'quan Howard-Rooks, DOB: 10/25/1997, with the murder of Tunji Smith Jr.

During the investigation, detectives identified Rooks as a suspect in this case and obtained warrants for his arrest. Earlier today, Central Division Bike Officers were assisted by members from the G4S Transit Police in locating Rooks who was transported to police headquarters where he was interviewed by Homicide Detectives. Upon completion of the interview, Rooks was transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office where he was charged with Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. As additional information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Isenhour is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this incident please refer to report numbers 20180923-1902-00.

 

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Case Update: Monday, September 24, 2018,

The victim in this case has been identified as Tunji Smith Jr., DOB: 08/16/1999His family has been notified of his death.

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Isenhour is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this incident please refer to report numbers 20180923-1902-00.


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Sunday, September 23, 2018,

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation in the 1200 block of Saratoga Drive in the Freedom Division.  The call for service came in at 7:02 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2018. 

Freedom Division patrol officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call for service.  Upon arrival, officers located a male with an apparent gunshot wound.  Medic pronounced the victim deceased on scene.  His name will be released once his family has been notified.

Homicide Detectives are currently canvassing the area to determine whether there are any witnesses to this incident. 

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Homicide Prosecution Team, Victim Services, and Operations Command responded to the scene. 

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Isenhour is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this incident please refer to report numbers 20180923-1902-00.

 

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