After nearly four months CMPD Officers have located Christopher Michael Summitt and charged him with the murder of Jimmy Tilley 58 of Harrisburg, North Carolina.
Summitt was originally identified as a suspect at the scene of a motorcycle vs pickup truck accident on October 26, 2019.
Jimmy Tilley, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Little Rock Road near David Avenue that happened late on a Saturday night last fall. Tilley had been riding his motorcycle when he was hit and killed by the pickup truck driven by Summitt.
As CMPD continued their investigation into the fatal crash, interviewing several witnesses and reviewing DOT traffic cameras, detectives determined there was sufficient evidence to charge Summitt with homicide, but were unbale to locate him.
Over the past few weeks CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) worked with deputies from the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office to locate Summitt.
On Wednesday, CMPD’s VCAT Officers traveled to Cleveland arrested Summitt without incident. Summitt was interviewed by CMPD detectives and at the conclusion of the interview, he was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and charged.
Summit will have his first court appearance this afternoon and is expected to be held without bail for at least for the near term.
Tilley was reportedly well liked and an avid motorcyclist, as well as husband, father and good friend to all he met and a long time member of the Pub Runners Motorcycle Club.
|Jimmy Tilley and his Indian Motorcycle|
|Jimmy Tilley and Pub Runners|