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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files

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HOLD THE SALSA: A 20-year-old woman and her male friend stopped by a Mexican restaurant on North Tryon Street to grab a bite. Their casual outing took a turn for the worst when the two started fighting. The man became so angry that he couldn't even eat his food. Instead he picked up his taco and smashed it in her face.

catalytic catastrophe: A 45-year-old man hired a bootleg mechanic to come to his home and work on his car, which was broken down in his yard. The mechanic worked on the car several times between April and June, but it was still not running properly. The man took his car to an auto shop to find out exactly what was wrong with it, and the shop told him the car was missing its catalytic converter. The man asked the bootleg mechanic what happened to the catalytic converter and the mechanic responded that he sold it for money to buy other parts for the car.

CHEAP THRILLS: A 33-year-old woman was walking down West Fourth Street when a man she didn't recognize jumped out from the bushes, grabbed her buttocks and breast and then ran away.

LEAVE TOTO OUT OF THIS: A 56-year-old man said a former acquaintance called him and threatened, "I'm going to kill you and your dog."

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: A 25-year-old man was asleep in his apartment when he heard loud popping noises outside. He went outside to investigate and found that the rear window of his car was shattered. He saw a man with a baseball bat in his hands and locked eyes with him. The baseball bat-carrying man then jumped in the man's car and sped away.

OVERZEALOUS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHMAN: A 34-year-old man was walking in a neighborhood that he didn't live in, minding his own business, when he was approached by a man who asked him what he was doing in "his neighborhood." The man said he was just walking through, but the other man wasn't satisfied with that answer, so he punched him in the ribs several times.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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