CMPD Searching for Violent Criminal Martin Russell Diamond

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) is currently searching for the whereabouts of Martin Russell Diamond, DOB: 04/03/1988. CMPD arrested Diamond on May 18, 2011. He was charged with kidnapping and the brutal rape of a known acquaintance. Diamond was transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail and was being held on $105,500 secure bond.

On Thursday May, 19, 2011, a criminal court magistrate mistakenly changed the conditions of the bond to an unsecured status. The suspect subsequently signed himself out of jail that day. On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, CMPD received information that the suspect had been released. CMPD detectives immediately obtained another warrant for the suspect. CMPD’s VCAT was immediately notified and prioritized the search with a full complement of VCAT staff. They continue to work at apprehending the suspect.

Martin Russell Diamond is 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 155 pounds and has a tattoo of a cross on his shoulder. Diamond should be consideredextremely dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 704-336-VCAT (8228) Additionally, the public may forward their anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or All information will remain confidential.