Violent crime is up in Charlotte

New stats from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say violent crime is on the rise in Charlotte area.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New numbers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department show violent and property crimes are up in the area.

The department just released its third-quarter crime statistics that show an almost 12-percent rise in overall crime, including an almost 13-percent spike in violent crimes.

Homicides in Charlotte are only up by two cases, but CMPD said it’s particularly concerned that robberies are up nine-percent and aggravated assaults jumped by almost 16-percent.

To combat crime, the department is targeting habitual violent felons like Byron Sadler.

Sadler already served time in federal prison for weapons and drug violations, and during a probation check at his home, officers said they found a semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and an AR-15 that was reported stolen from a Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff's deputy.

He's now in jail and could face up to seven years in prison.

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