The facts are scarce but what is known is that a 15 year old Ardery Kell High School Student is dead and so is a 51 year old man.
Updated below to include additional details just released by CMPD - 12:01PM - 2-25-2019
According to CMPD John James Bocek 23 was found shot outside a home on Glen Abby Way and later died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
|John Bocek Mugshot Photo Via MCSO|
During the attack Chaplin's daughter escaped and was able to run to a neighbor's home were she called 911.
Jenna Hewitt attended Ardrey Kell High School along with Chaplin's daughter.
At the time of Sunday's shooting CMPD had warrants for the arrest of Bocek on robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and firearms charges stemming from events that occurred on Wednesday February 20th at the same 11421 Glen Abby Way address.
Bocek was also due in court on February 25 in Union County 18CRS055023 Felony Marijuana, Concealed Weapon, DWLR, Felony Pos. of Firearm By Felon, and Drug Paraphernalia. He was also to appear in Union County District Court on March 4 for Felony Traffic Charges.
According to MCSO Bocek had an extensive history of arrests and charges including:
Injury to personal property
Injury to real property
Breaking and entering to terrorize or injure
Assault on a Female
Harassing Phone Calls
The inability of CMPD Officers to located a convicted felon known to be armed and dangerous in South Charlotte should be a major wake up call to Charlotte City Council. This did not have to happen.
For some reason CMPD was caught flat footed with outstanding warrants issued a week earlier for Bocek who had a ongoing history of attacks directed at the Chaplins.
Clearly 23 year old Bocek was a ticking time bomb obsessed with Chaplin's 16 year old daughter and had he been picked up this would not have happened.
The questions are obvious, did lazy police work contribute to the death of two innocent people? Are South Area Officers up to the challenge of finding a dangerous felons? Is the MCSO more concerned about handing out warm fuzzies to immigrants than protecting South Charlotte Citizens? Just how understaffed is CMPD? Did the lack of "boots on the street" prevent CMPD from locating Bocek? Did the ever increasing 911 response time contribute to this tragedy?
CMPD VCAT Unit was working up a "plan" based on the 2-20-2019 warrants but at the time of the murders there was no active effort to apprehend Bocek.
Whatever the excuse it is totally unacceptable. This is a tragedy that could and should have been prevented and the blame goes right to the top as well as the potted plants on Charlotte City Council.