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CMPD looking for violent convicted felon, part of federal crackdown

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are looking for a violent convicted felon they say assaulted an officer.

CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team says Leonard Antonio Silas is also wanted on warrants for Federal Firearm violations by a Felon.

Silas is exactly who Chief Rodney Monroe told WBTV's Brigida Mack exclusively Thursday they're targeting through their Firearm by Felon program.

"Those are the ones we continue to see involved in these shootings around the city," he said. "They're convicted felons. They shouldn't have a gun."

Since the program launched in May, CMPD has arrested nearly a dozen felons and confiscated nearly 20 guns. 

Chief Monroe says they've partnered with both the U.S. Attorney's office and the Mecklenburg County D.A. to make sure they are getting and keeping these felons off the street.

"We're looking to send those cases federal," he said. "So if we can get those guns out of their hands and get them arrested before they're able to use them, I think we'll have a much safer city."

The other goal? To empower citizens so they have a hand in making their neighborhood safer.

"For someone just calling up and saying hey, Rodney Monroe is standing on that corner, he's convicted felon and he has a firearm," said Monroe, using himself as an example.

By giving citizens the power, Monroe says it sends a clear message to convicted felons: everyone is watching.

"We just want that element to know it's more than just the police out there paying attention to them carrying guns," he said.

If felons are convicted on federal charges for having a firearm, they will serve a mandatory five year sentence.

The number for Firearm by Felon hotline is 704-336-6000. It is anonymous and you could receive a cash reward of $500.

Money seized from drug deals and other criminal enterprises funds the program.

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