Infant found, suspect on the run after woman killed in west Charlotte


An infant is safe and unharmed after a woman was shot and killed and the baby taken in west Charlotte Thursday afternoon. 

The incident happened before 2 p.m. on the 4100 block of Carlyle Drive, which is off of Alleghany Street near Wilkinson Boulevard. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Brittany White, 24, was found deceased with a gunshot wound.

Jonathan Bennett, 23, is being sought in connection to the death. Detectives say Bennett is believed to have taken the 2-month-old girl with him when he left the scene.

Bennett should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police said an Amber Alert was being issued for the 2-month-old, Journei Bennett, before she was found.

Jonathan Bennett and the infant girl were last seen in an older-model white Ford Expedition with New York license plate HUP3071.

Bennett is described as a 23 years old black male, 5 feet  8 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.   

He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and tan cargo pants. He has brown shoulder-length dreadlocks and a tattoo of crown “King” on his neck in the middle of his Adam’s apple.   

Officials say a second child was found unharmed at the scene.

A neighbor near the scene said he heard about five gunshots, then saw police cars racing toward the scene.

There is no word on what may have led to the incident.

A man who claims to be a neighbor and friend of Bennett said he was surprised to hear about the incident.

“John is a really good guy, really nice dude to me as far as I know him. I’ve never seen no aggression out of him,” said Rahshawn Johnson.

Johnson urged Bennett to come forward if he is responsible for the crimes.

“Do the right thing, John. Just do the right thing. You know what’s right. Only you know the story so do the right thing. You gotta live with it so clear your heart,” said Johnson.

Records from the Mecklenburg County Jail show that Bennett has been arrested before and has faced charges including communicating threats and assault on a female.

Anyone who sees Bennett or the vehicle, or has information about the case, should immediately call 704-432-TIPS, Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or 911.

This marks Charlotte’s first homicide of 2018.

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