CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police arrested a man in the stabbing death of a woman in uptown Charlotte Thursday morning.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, detectives charged 55-year-old James William Curry Jr. with the murder of Diane McLelland.
The incident shut down a heavily-traveled road as police investigated, CMPD says.
Police say they responded to College Street at 7:46 a.m. in response to an assault with a deadly weapon call, where they found McLelland - who had been stabbed.
McLelland was pronounced dead on scene. Thursday would be her 62nd birthday.
College Street was closed between 12th Street and 11th Street as police investigated the killing.
During a press conference Thursday morning, police did not verify whether or not McLelland was homeless, but they did say it was possible. It appeared she had been sleeping in the area where she was found stabbed, police said.
“We recognize that being homeless is not a crime and we as a community need to do better to get people off the street,” Dave Robinson with CMPD said, “so they’re not faced with this type of situation.”
As a result of the investigation, Curry was identified as the suspect in this case and a warrant was obtained for his arrest.
A coordinated effort to locate Curry took place and at approximately 6 p.m., officers located Curry on N. College Street and were able to apprehend him without incident.
Curry was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed by homicide detectives. After the interview, he was taken to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and is being charged with first degree murder.
Police tweeted about the investigation and road closure around 8:15 a.m.
“We look forward to an outcome that will hopefully bring the family and the community some resolution," Robinson said. “It appears that it’s the 50th,” Robinson said in references to homicides in Mecklenburg County this year. "Which is an appalling number to us as a police department”
This is an ongoing, active investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.