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Special CMPD unit logs 1,000th collar

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department unit that tracks and arrests violent criminals has made its 1,000th arrest – a woman wanted for armed robbery.

Octavia Clipper, 19, was arrested around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Police say Clipper fled to New York City with another suspect and had recently quietly returned to Charlotte.

The unit was started in 2005 to apprehend robbery suspects. The department uses the unit to track down and arrest some of the most violent suspects in Mecklenburg, including 41 murder suspects since 2006.

In 2007, the unit's name was changed to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team and the department started featuring the unit more prominently to aid investigations. The unit has a prominent spot on the police department's home page and its own tipline, 704-336-8228.