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Only 1 Arrest At Uptown Fourth Of July Celebration

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Crystal Hogue
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Major Gerald Smith is shocked at the low amount of crime during the Fourth of July Celebration in Uptown Charlotte

About 20,000 people attended last night’s Fourth of July celebration in Uptown Charlotte last night. CMPD only made one arrest. That even surprised Major Gerald Smith.

“I’m shocked, but I am very pleased. I am very pleased to stand up here and say that there was just one arrest. With that many people in the Uptown area at one time, that is amazing,” he said.

Police made the arrest at the end of the baseball game inside of BB&T stadium. The person was charged with trespassing and obstructing an officer.

CMPD closed trails at the Whitewater Center for a couple hours yesterday while police searched for a man they say attempted to abduct two women in separate incidents at gun point. The women were jogging in the Steele Creek area yesterday morning and were able to escape without injury.  The suspect's car was later found on fire in the woods near the Whitewater center. The suspect has not been found.