CMPD arrests man for murder of woman at ATM in University City

Police arrested 24-year-old J’wuan Horton for the murder of 48-year-old Karen Baker.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested a man for the murder of a woman at an ATM in University City earlier this year.
Published: Oct. 23, 2022 at 10:20 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested a man for the murder of a woman at an ATM in University City earlier this year.

Police arrested 24-year-old J’wuan Horton on Oct. 22 for the murder of 48-year-old Karen Baker. He was charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and firearm by a felon.

“My mom was a very caring, loving, free-spirited, hard-working person,” Baker’s son, Will McClure said.

Baker was shot and killed around 5:40 a.m. on July 13 in the 9600 block of University City Boulevard while at an ATM.

Karen Baker was killed while at an ATM on Wednesday morning in Charlotte's University City area.
Karen Baker was killed while at an ATM on Wednesday morning in Charlotte's University City area.(Source: Family-submitted photo)

Horton was arrested after a search warrant was taken out for a home on David Cox Road.

“We are very pleased to get a dangerous offender like him into custody. which we hope will bring some semblance of peace to the Baker family,” CMPD Major Melanie Peacock said.

Police say this wasn’t Horton’s first run-in with officers; he was previously charged with three felony counts of armed robbery in February and fleeing to elude from a traffic stop. He was on post-release supervision.

Police said they received a large number of tips in this case which ultimately helped lead to the arrest.

“This is a case where the community came forward with multiple tips that helped us piece together what may have occurred and led us to this suspect,” Peacock said.

Police said, in the last three months they have received around 850 tips through Crime Stoppers for a variety of cases. Those tips have led to 60 arrests, including that of Horton.

“We just ask that the community continues to work with us, because we can’t do it by ourselves,” Officer Rick Smith with Crime Stoppers said.

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“You will regret what you have done, may God have mercy on your soul. Whether they find you today, tomorrow or three months from now,” Baker’s son, William McClure said following her death. “We will make sure justice is served to the highest degree. Though it won’t bring my mom back, God will have his way with you when your time comes one way or another.”

“It’s another senseless homicide and another loss of life in the Charlotte community and it’s greatly disturbing,” Major Brian Foley said in July.

Officers say the investigation is still underway, and other charges could be pending.

To help the family out, you can visit their GoFundMe page.