Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knoxville Man Turns Himself in Following Child Abuse Investigation
KCSO Arrests Three in East Knox County
Three people were arrested this morning in East Knox County after the Knox County Sheriff’s Office found them in possession of three stolen vehicles. An investigation led officers with KCSO’s Special Investigations Unit, Property Crimes Unit, and Interdiction Team to 1216 McCubbins Road around 9:20 on Friday morning. When they arrived, officers found three stolen vehicles at the residence. 34-year-old Crystal McMillan and 28-year-old Chasity Rose were found inside the residence and were arrested without incident. 23-year-old Tyler Higginbotham, wanted for felony warrants, ran from officers. Airwatch and K9s were deployed and Higginbotham was found a short distance from the residence, where he was then arrested.
All three were charged with possession of stolen property. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.
Video Released in Breadbox Armed Robbery
The Knox County Sheriff's Office is investigating an early Wednesday morning West Knox County armed robbery. According to the initial investigation, a white male armed with a handgun entered the Breadbox located at 1606 Lovell Road just after 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26th and demanded money and cigarettes. He left in a dark grey Ford Explorer.
The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair and missing teeth, approximately 25-35-years-old, 5’10”, and 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie at the time of the robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO's Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.
A video of the incident can be seen here: https://youtu.be/YazVw-TVyXE
KCSO Retires K9 after Eight Years of Service
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office retired one of its K9s this month. 9-year-old Munci, a German Shepherd from the Czech Republic, was born in April 2006. He and his handler, Officer Jerry Ray, began K9 school at KCSO in October 2007 and went on patrol in late November 2007. Munci and Ray received K9 of the Month five times over the course of eight years. They were also part of a shift team challenge that won first place in the KCSO K9 division.
Munci retired on August 1st and is spending his time at home with Officer Ray and his family. Munci enjoys walks in his neighborhood, going to the park, playing with his Kong, rolling around in the yard, and playing with the other family pets. After a long day of playing, Munci likes to lie on the couch beside Officer Ray while they watch television together.
Officer Ray expresses his sincere gratitude to the KCSO for the opportunity he was given to be Munci’s handler:
“No words can express what the experience meant to be to be a part of the KCSO K9 Division. Munci was the greatest partner I could have ever expected to have in my career. Special thanks to Lt. Raymond McElyea, Sgt. Tim Morgan, and Sgt, Matt Evans for all the time and work they put in helping me with Munci to become the best K9 team we could be.”
Munci’s career statistics are as follows:
TOTAL K-9 DEPLOYMENTS: 445
Area Searches: 39
Building Searches: 36
Alarm Calls: 90
Evidence Searches: 5
Crowd Control Deployments: 12
Used for Perimeter Security: 22
Vehicles Searches for Narcotics: 503
Buildings Searched for Narcotics: 22
Lockers Searched: 1,018
Luggage Searched: 246
Packages Searched: 15
Vehicle Seizures: 15
Money Seizures: 17,000
Weapons Seized: 10 firearms
Marijuana: 1,525 pounds
Powder Cocaine: 5 ounces
Heroin: 2 grams
Controlled Substance: 25 pills
AGENCIES ASSISTED: KPD, Jefferson County, Union County, Tennessee Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals, TVA Police, Loudon County, and UTPD