Update: The suspected was arrested on Sunday evening. The department has released no further information.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are searching for a male suspect who’s involved in multiple assault cases, including two sexual assaults, that occurred across Charlotte.
According to a statement from police, the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Kelvin Rene Mejia Ortiz, followed the victims in his vehicle before using a weapon to intimidate them into leaving with him.
Police said Ortiz’s vehicle appears to be a 2010, or similar year model, gray/silver Jeep.
Ortiz was taken into custody on Sunday without incident and transported to the Law Enforcement Center in Uptown for questioning.
He was charged with multiple counts of rape, sexual battery, attempted kidnapping, assault on a female and communicating threats, he said.
All victims of Ortiz that CMPD have identified at this point are Hispanic females. Ortiz spoke both English and Spanish to his victims, police said.
The department has not offered any additional information on the case.
This investigation into this case is active and ongoing. If anyone has information about this case or the suspect, please call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
This story has been updated on 09/11/23 to highlight that the suspect is in police custody.