Case Update: Homicide in the North Division

9/11/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, September 17, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit and Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) are requesting the public's assistance in locating Kaleb Lawrence, DOB: 09/12/2000, who is wanted for the murder of three-year-old Asiah Figueroa.

As a result of the investigation, Lawrence was identified as a suspect in this case, and a murder warrant was issued for his arrest.  CMPD's VCAT Detectives are actively searching for Lawrence and are asking anyone in the public who knows his whereabouts to call Detective Jessica Zinobile immediately at 704-336-VCAT (8228).  Lawrence should be considered armed and dangerous.

WANTED: Kaleb Lawrence


The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Dollar is the lead detective assigned to this case. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210907-2344-02. 

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Saturday, September 11, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit and the Crime Gun Suppression Team have charged Jacob Lanier DOB: 04/21/2000, with the death of Asiah Figueroa. Lanier was arrested on Friday, September 10, 2021.

Lanier has been transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and charged with Murder, eight counts of Attempted Murder, nine counts of Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling and Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Dollar is the lead detective assigned to this case. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210907-2344-02. 

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, September 10, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit have charged Qua'Tonio Stephens DOB: 8/21/2000 with Accessory After the Fact to Murder in the case of Asiah Figueroa.

From information gathered, detectives with the Crime Gun Suppression Team and North Division obtained reasonable suspicion to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Stephens on September 8, 2021. The vehicle failed to stop, and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Following the pursuit, Stephens was apprehended without further incident on Interstate 85 near Glenwood Drive. Stephens was transported to the Law Enforcement Center to be interviewed by Homicide Detectives. Stephens was subsequently transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and charged with Accessory After the Fact to Murder and Felony Flee to Elude. In addition, Stephens was charged with seven counts of Assault With a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill and three counts of Shooting Into an Occupied Dwelling from an incident that occurred on September 7, 2021, in the 11300 block of Joe Morrison Lane with complaint number 20210907-0107-00.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Dollar is the lead detective assigned to this case. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210907-2344-02. 

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Wednesday, September 8, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit are sharing these videos   depicting multiple suspects shooting into a residence near the 2400 block of Richard Rozzelle Drive which resulted in the death of a three-year-old child.  Detectives ask anyone who recognizes the vehicle(s) or suspect(s) in the videos to report it, immediately.

Shortly before midnight last night, multiple suspects fired nearly 150 rounds into a house occupied by 11 victims.  During the incident, Asiah Figueroa, DOB: 12/18/2017, was struck and fatally wounded during the incident.  His four-year-old sister was also struck by gunfire, but is expected to survive.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Dollar is the lead detective assigned to this case. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210907-2344-02. 

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Wednesday, September 8, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation that occurred in the 2400 block of Richard Rozzelle Dr. in the North Division. 

Around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, North Division officers responded to multiple calls for service for shots fired in that area. Upon arrival, officers located a child (under the age of 5 years old) with a gunshot wound. The child was transported to Atrium Health and pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The preliminary investigation reveals that multiple vehicles targeted a home on Richard Rozelle Dr. firing more than 80 rounds toward the house, and this child appears to be a casualty of that violence. Officers continue to canvas the neighborhood to determine what other houses were struck by gunfire.

Detectives with CMPD's Homicide Unit and the Crime Scene Search team responded to the scene to conduct the investigation and collect physical evidence.

The CMPD's Operations Command, Victim Services, Charlotte Fire Department and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Homicide Prosecution Team also responded to assist.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Dollar is the lead detective assigned to this case. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210907-2344-02. 

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