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‘Armed and dangerous’ man wanted for murder of hurricane evacuee found dead in Charlotte art studio

Police say 29-year-old Malek Moore is wanted in the murder of 29-year-old Gabryelle Allnutt on Sept. 5.
Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 10:30 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2021 at 11:22 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police are asking the public’s help in finding an armed and dangerous man wanted for the murder of a woman found dead in an art studio in Charlotte’s NoDa community.

Police say 29-year-old Malek Moore is wanted in the murder of 29-year-old Gabryelle Allnutt on Sept. 5. According to police, Gabryelle Allnutt traveled to Charlotte from New Orleans to escape Hurricane Ida. She was a ceramicist and youth instructor with the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.

“Moore, frankly, is just a danger to the public right now,” said Captain Joel McNeely of the Violent Crimes Division at CMPD.

He is facing charges of murder, first-degree burglary and kidnapping, and is considered to be “armed and dangerous.”

Moore is also wanted for first-degree murder by the Greensboro Police Department. Police said 21-year-old Christian Mbimba, from Nashville, Tennessee, was found dead on Patterson Street on Sept. 3.

The FBI put out a wanted poster in an attempt to locate Moore.

Officials say Moore may travel using public transportation and railways, and he may be traveling through the Carolinas or surrounding states.

Moore is described as a Black male, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He has a scar on his hand, a tattoo of three circles on his shoulder, teardrops on his left and right cheek and has his left ear pierced.

Officials say Moore’s hair is currently cut close and he has been seen wearing a black du-rag.

‘Armed and dangerous’ man wanted for murder of hurricane evacuee found dead in Charlotte art...
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Police found Allnutt unresponsive at an art studio on E. 22nd Street around 5:30 a.m. Sept. 6. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not said how Allnutt died.

Police believe she was murdered around 10 p.m. Sept. 5.

That same day, shortly before 12 p.m., officers responded to an assault on the greenway on North Davidson Street. Upon arrival, the victim stated that she was punched in the face with a closed fist by an unknown suspect.

On Sept. 6, officers responded to a commercial breaking and entering at The Exchange on East 36th Street.

Upon arrival, officers observed damage to the business and learned that someone had broke into the business and stole property from within.

From information and evidence gathered, detectives identified Moore as a suspect in the breaking and entering and issued additional warrants for breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

The owner of The Exchange provided WBTV with surveillance video of a break-in that police have named Moore as a suspect for burglary in. The owner says the door was kicked in during the burglary, as seen in the surveillance video.

While charges in the assault on North Davidson Street are still pending, detectives continue to investigate additional incidents Moore may have been involved in.

Greensboro Police have also named Moore a person of interest in the homicide of 21-year-old Christian Mbimba.

Police also said these appear to be “stranger crimes,” with Moore having no known connection to any of the victims involved.

Moore is believed to have cut his hair since his mugshot was published. He is believed to travel frequently by rail, and has ties to Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

“We need the eyes of the community everywhere out there looking for Moore,” said McNeely.

Anyone who sees Moore or knows his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately. Do not approach him.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Condron is the lead detective assigned to this case. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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