Early this morning the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office received a Criminal Summons with Braxton Winston listed as defendant.
According to MCSO records the summons has not been served.
MCSO Records show File Number 22CR200621 Order Number C7SFIKAPK was issued on 7 January and received on 10 January, 2022.
No official word as to what the "Criminal Summons" is regarding.
Watercooler speculation within CMPD is that it stems from an ongoing dispute involving Winston's estranged wife. Questions have also developed with regards to the issuance of a summons instead of an arrest warrant.
At issue is apparently an altercation involving Winston and his ex-wife as well as the children and a girlfriend. Sources tell CP that Sheena Hopkins-Winston arrived at the residence of councilmember Winston and became upset when girlfriend Kayla Jacobs came to the door and apparently threaten Hopkins-Winston. On the video Hopkins-Winston can be heard shouting at Jacob's "do you live here". Braxton Winston is seen telling Hopkins-Winston to leave. The video seems to abruptly end with Winston either pushing or striking his estranged wife.
Based on the video and the statements of Hopkins-Winston a Mecklenburg County Magistrate issued an arrest warrant for both Councilmember Winston and his girlfriend Kayla Jacobs.
The wording of "unlawfully and willfully did assault and strike" is typical for both arrest warrants and summons but unlike an arrest warrant, a criminal summons does not order law enforcement to arrest the subject of a complaint. Criminal summonses are typically issued when an incident is reported to but not witnessed by police.
And it goes both ways with Winston also filing a compliant against Hopkins-Winston. However Sheena Hopkins-Winston was arrested by CMPD.
Needless to say its messy. But was Braxton Winston that intimidated? Sheena Hopkins-Winston is hardly 100 pounds and all of 5'3". What's next, 6 foot tall and change Braxton Winston needs a security detail?
Sheena Hopkins-Winston is also listed as the plaintiff on the summons and Braxton Winston as the defendant.
Named also in a separate summons is Kayla Jacobs with a charge of simple assault.
Maybe the underlaying question is how was a "Warrant of Arrest" issued for Sheena Hopkins-Winston and she was arrested by CMPD whereas the same warrant for arrest with the name Braxton Winston morph into only criminal summons? As shown below both Kayla Jacobs and Braxton Winston had at least of a while a Warrant for Arrest. Who within CMPD and/or Mecklenburg County / Charlotte City Government intervened? And why?
Emails requesting clarification sent to Council Member Winston's Charlotte City Email Braxton.Winston@charlottenc.gov have not been answered.