Charlotte man arrested for double murder

Jacquece Forest


by APRIL BETHEA / Charlotte Observer

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 9:26 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested one man after two people were found fatally shot Tuesday morning inside a home in northeast Charlotte.

Officers had initially gone to the duplex in the 4900 block of Malibu Drive around 1 a.m. Tuesday after a woman called police to say she thought she’d seen her ex-boyfriend in the woods behind her house. But officers who conducted a “thorough search” of the area did not find the man, police said in a news release.

About two hours later, officers in the Hickory Grove division stopped a vehicle that was speeding near the intersection of Harris and Keyway boulevards. Police said the suspect -- 38-year-old Jacquece Forest -- fled by foot to a nearby apartment but was caught by officers and arrested.

Forest was taken to CMC-University for medical treatment when police said he told hospital staff that he had shot his girlfriend.

The victims were identified as 25-year-old Luc Eric Gonzalez and 25-year-old Jennifer Crystal Smith.

Capt. Nick Pellicone of the North Tryon Division said officers went to the home on Malibu Drive where they found Gonzalez and Smith.

A child who was at the home was not injured and was being cared for Tuesday by an agency that works with children who are witnesses or victims of violence, Pellicone said.

Officers were canvassing the neighborhood Tuesday to see if anyone saw or heard anything before the shooting, police said.

The shooting scene drew a heavy police presence, with more than a dozen CMPD vehicles present. Police Chief Rodney Monroe, and representatives from the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office and Special Victims Assistance program were among those who were at the scene.

At 9 a.m., police tape remained around the residence.

Forest is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.