One killed during northeast Charlotte home break-in

The situation unfolded Tuesday night at a home on Malibu Drive, near The Plaza.
A 25-year-old man was killed at a home on Malibu Drive on Tuesday night after a home invasion.
Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 8:09 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Neighbors in a northeast Charlotte neighborhood are scared and taking extra precautions after a woman came home to a break-in, only to discover moments later the man she lived with had been killed.

The situation unfolded Tuesday night at a home on Malibu Drive, near The Plaza. The victim was later identified as 25-year-old Jonathan Sheffield. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police haven’t said how he died.

“Obviously the individual who called was very frantic. She was very upset at the time. And so as we were able to piece things together, the way the call was categorized as a breaking and entering, ended up being a homicide,” CMPD Maj. Brad Koch said.

Investigators are now looking for anybody who might know anything. They’re trying to find out why this happened; they also want to find the killer.

One neighbor talked to WBTV about what she saw and heard.

“I left out at like 7 to go to the grocery store and I heard a commotion, and I heard a lady, and she was yelling real loud, like ‘Help, help, help,” neighbor Nikki Baldwin said. “I don’t understand how people can just break into somebody’s house and kill them. That’s terrible and it’s scary. It’s very scary.

This happened right near the spot where a double homicide happened Sunday night. So far there have been no arrests in either of these cases.

“It’s getting old,” Melissa Swanson, a real estate investor and landlord who owns properties in this neighborhood, told WBTV.

Swanson says she has tenants citywide who are constantly reporting crime issues and she wants city leaders to talk more about it.

“Just another homicide in the city, just another one, just another one, and nobody is speaking out about it,” she said.

Swanson says she is in constant communication with police after incidents like this one.

“They’re doing what they can but their hands are tied,” she said.

She’s calling on city leaders to send a message to violent offenders that these crimes will not be tolerated.

“Repeat offenders are causing all of these problems in the neighborhoods and scaring the tenants,” she said. “I have a widowed tenant who has lived here for 20 years and now she’s frightened because of what happened last night.”


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Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. Callers can remain anonymous.

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