CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police say a cash reward of up to $10,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of Matthew Hawkins’ killer.
On the afternoon of July 10, Hawkins was shot in the head during a robbery while he was renovating a home on East 17th Street in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood. The 39-year-old died two days later.
His girlfriend, who was with him at the Belmont home, has said the robbery was a blur but described the suspect as a slender, 18 to 25-year-old, dark-skinned black man. He may have had his face obscured with a hat or something else covering his face, she said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers had offered a $5,000 reward, but on Tuesday, police announced that the private security firm Treadstone Group will offer an additional $5,000 reward.
Treadstone Group’s president, Ross Bulla, graduated from UNC Charlotte with degrees in criminal justice and psychology. Police said he is a friend of Hawkins’ family.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600. Callers can remain anonymous.