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Report: 70 Percent Of Charlotte Homicides Result In Arrest

Nick de la Canal

Seventy percent of homicides in Charlotte result in an arrest. That's according to a report out this week from The Washington Post that tracked homicides in Charlotte and 49 other major U.S. cities.

The report finds Charlotte had one of the highest homicide arrest rates in the country between 2000 and 2017. Nationally, only about 50 percent of all homicides result in an arrest.

"Cities like Charlotte are pretty good, for the most part, across the city," said Stephen Rich, one of the reporters who worked on the story, "but some cities, like Baltimore and Chicago, have very low solve rates."

The Washington Post

Cities that had homicide detectives spread out and embedded in different neighborhoods tended to have higher solve rates, Rich said.

"When you put more resources into the individual communities, it can actually reap some benefits," he said.

The report also found that west Charlotte had the highest concentration of homicides and homicide arrests, and cases in which victims were white were more likely to see an arrest than in cases where victims were of a minority, as was common many cities included in the report.