Police make arrest in 1995 rape case using DNA, federal grant

Nathaney Davis

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police used DNA and a federal grant to make an arrest in a sexual assault case dating back more than two decades, the department announced Wednesday.

On June 5, 1995, a 23-year-old woman told police she was walking on Nations Ford Road when two armed men robbed her of money and jewelry. One of the men also sexually assaulted the woman.

The victim was treated at Carolinas Medical Center, and a sexual assault kit was completed. The sexual assault kit was initially tested in 1995, CMPD said, and additional testing was done last year as a part of a federal grant the department received.

Based on the results of that latest test, police on Wednesday arrested Nathaney Davis, 43, and charged him with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Mecklenburg jail records show that Davis also was arrested in December, accused of assault and battery and communicating threats. He was out on bail when police arrested him in connection with the 1995 rape.

In other public-safety news…

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Pedestrian killed in Central Avenue hit-and-run; police make arrest

Ngongo Elongo Musafiri

Police are investigating a possible case of hit-and-run after a pedestrian was struck by a car and killed in east Charlotte.

CMPD did not immediately identify the victim but did announce an arrest in the case.

The incident was reported Wednesday, just before 6 p.m., in the 4500 block of Central Avenue.

Police said a pedestrian was trying to cross the street when he was struck by a vehicle that kept going. (Police said the victim was not using a crosswalk.) Someone who saw the incident tried to follow the suspect vehicle but eventually gave up, CMPD said.

Investigators used car parts/debris found at the scene to identify the type of vehicle that struck the man. They then used video footage to track the suspect vehicle to a location on Central Avenue, where they found a 1998 Toyota Avalon and the suspect, identified by police as 64-year-old Ngongo Elongo Musafiri.

Musafiri was taken to police headquarters for questioning and later charged with felony hit and run. Police do not suspect that speed or alcohol were factors in the incident.

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Shooting victim dies

A man who was shot Sunday in Northeast Charlotte has died from his wounds. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police identified the victim as Subhi Elmasharawy, 22.

Elmasharawy was shot in the 2000 block of Pimpernel Road just after 9 p.m.

As of the date of this posting, police had not made an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.

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