Police locate, arrest suspect in missing Charlotte woman’s murder


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Through the course of CMPD’s investigation, officers determined Nia was at the Goodwill located on Johnson Road in Pineville on Dec. 16 around 11:00 a.m. Video surveillance showed her speaking with Mendoza at the store. The two also left at the same time. 

The Hantzopolous family told FOX 46 Charlotte Mendoza was infatuated with her.

Detectives determined Mendoza lived at 10016 Oakrun Drive in Pineville, but with a mailing address out of Charlotte.

On Monday, Dec. 26, detectives interviewed Mendoza’s roommate who said on Dec. 16 when he returned home from work around 3 p.m. he was approached by Mendoza an hour later to help carry something. 

The roommate told police they went outside to a vehicle that was backed into a parking space about 15 feet from the apartment, and he helped Mendoza load a heavy object wrapped in a white sheet in the trunk of the vehicle. 

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The roommate told police Mendoza said it was a deer, but the roommate said his prior experience with deer hunting made him think the object was too heavy and not shaped like a deer. He also knew Mendoza did not have a vehicle, so he made note of the license plate. 

“It’s time to turn yourself in! You’re not in custody yet but you are caught. Turn yourself in before something else happens,” Nia’s friend Charles Prudhomme previously said to FOX 46 Charlotte. 

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