Case Update: Homicide Investigation in the Freedom Division

7/23/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, July 23, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit have charged Mark Ellis, DOB: 12/22/1995, for the murder of Catrell Hollaway.

As a result of continued investigation, Homicide Unit detectives identified Ellis as a suspect in this case and warrants were issued for his arrest.  On July 22, 2021, Ellis was arrested in Valencia, California, after a collaborative effort between CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Fugitive Task Force, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Ellis will be extradited to North Carolina at a later date and charged with Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

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 R. Wright 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: 20210131-1037-01.

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Sunday, January 31, 2021) – The victim in this case has been identified as Catrell Gerome Hollaway, DOB: 12/28/1989.  His family has been notified of his death.

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 R. Wright 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: 20210131-1037-01.

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Charlotte, N.C. – (Sunday, January 31, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation near the 5700 block of Windy Valley Drive in the Freedom Division.

Shortly before 10:40 a.m. on January 31, 2021, a community member flagged down Freedom Division patrol officers concerning a body that was found in the woods near the 5700 block of Windy Valley Drive.  Officers entered the wood line and located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound.  He was pronounced deceased on scene.  Homicide Unit detectives were contacted and have responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.  Crime Scene Search also responded to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  

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 R. Wright 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: 20210131-1037-01.

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