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September 2017 Civilians of the Month

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates September’s Civilians of the Month, Family Crisis Unit Victim Advocates Terri Lawrence and Khadijah Roller.

Lawrence and Roller responded with Family Crisis Unit detectives to a residence in September where a warrant had been served for domestic assault. Officers had to force entry into the home to check on the welfare of the victim and minor child. Once inside, the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The victim, however, was traumatized. Lawrence and Roller calmed the victim, who was initially scared and uncooperative with officers. The advocates provided a non-threatening, calming presence for the victim and made it easier for her to communicate with officers. Their actions ensured the victim’s cooperation and consent during the interview and evidence collection process.

Lawrence has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since August 2011 and Roller since September 2016.

Lawrence Roller

 

 

KCSO Arrests Man for Rape and Kidnapping

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Knoxville man wanted for kidnapping and rape was arrested Friday afternoon by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Officers from KCSO’s Patrol, Criminal Warrants, and Family Crisis Units began searching for 32-year-old Brent Davis around 4:00 p.m. yesterday in South Knoxville. KCSO’s helicopter also assisted in the search. He was located at Mojos Market on Maryville Pike and fled from officers when they attempted to take him into custody. He was arrested after a brief foot pursuit and charged with evading arrest and resisting arrest.

Davis was wanted for an incident that occurred on Thursday that resulted in him being charged with two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and theft. He was also wanted for fleeing from officers on Wednesday when they attempted to take him into custody in Mascot for outstanding warrants. He is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a combined $237,000 bond.

The KCSO Family Crisis Unit investigates cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse, and cyber investigations. The unit may be reached at (865) 215-6820 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, please call (865) 215-2243 for assistance.

 

 

Prostitution Sting Uncovers 16 Year Old Runaway

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Vice Unit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office conducted three days of undercover prostitution stings this week and in the process discovered a 16 year old girl who was a runaway from North Carolina.  She had been missing for 2 months from Asheville and had been traveling with two women and one man.    Two of the women, 20 year old Tabitha Bans from Asheville and 20 year old Jesse McMinn of Hickory, North Carolina were charged with prostitution.  The man, 27 year old Timothy King from Hickory, was charged with 2 counts of trafficking for sexual servitude, which is a felony.  With the discovery of the 16 year old, the FBI was called in to assist in the investigation, which is on-going.   During the investigation, an undercover detective made an appointment with Banks and McMinn at the Holiday Inn Knoxville West.  After they were arrested, detectives learned that King was waiting on the girls in his vehicle. Detectives located the car with the 16 year old inside.  The 16 year old is a juvenile; therefore no more information will be available.

Also arrested in the sting was 20 year old Kyra Fultz from Hickory who was charged with prostitution and simple possession.  Rian O’Quinn, 25 from Knoxville was charged with prostitution and simple possession. Kayla Inmate, 25 from Rockwood, was charged with prostitution.  Anthony Vaughan from Acworth, Georgia was charged with criminal impersonation and will be extradited to Georgia for being a fugitive from justice on a violation of probation.  Two others were arrested on prostitution charges: Samantha Stransky, 28, of Knoxville and 29 year old Amanda Kosis from Detroit, Michigan.  She is wanted on a vehicular homicide charge in Detroit.

The undercover operation focused on advertisements placed on Backpage.com promising sexual favors in exchange for money.  Undercover detectives called the numbers in the advertisements and set up appointments to meet the girls at area hotels.

The KCSO would especially like to thank the management and ownership of the Holiday Inn West who assisted law enforcement in the stings. They have proven to be committed to the cause of the elimination of human trafficking.

The KCSO’s Vice Unit periodically conducts these operations in an effort to identify those who exploit children through commercial sex acts.  Those who are determined to be victims are referred to the appropriate social services.

 

 

Passenger Identified in Tuesday Powell Shooting

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

 

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has released the name of the passenger who was critically injured in a shooting incident Tuesday night in North Knox County.  Lucas Halliburton, 20, is reported to be in stable condition today at U.T. Medical Center where he was transported last night.  The Major Crimes unit is continuing its investigation and more details will be released as they become available.

 

 

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