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September Officer of the Month

Monday, 31 October 2011

On September 3, 2011, Officer Joe Sulewski responded to a domestic call. The suspect was not present when Officer Sulewski arrived .

On the same day, KPD responded to a robbery at a CVS pharmacy. Officer Sulewski was nearby, and was the first officer on the scene. After gathering pertinent suspect information for KPD, Officer Sulewski realized that the suspect description matched the one from the day’s prior domestic call . KPD informed Officer Sulewski that they were looking for the suspect, 36-year-old Matthew Chakales, in connection with other robberies.

Officer Sulewski later spoke to the victim from the domestic and obtained more information pertaining to Chakales’s possible current location. Officer Sulewski then spent his time, in between calls for service, checking multiple locations for the suspect. Officer Sulewski located Chakales at 812 Whitehall Road. Officer Sulewski took him into custody. Chakales confessed to four total robberies. Officer Sulewski, KCSO Major Crimes, and KPD charged him with multiple counts of aggravated burglary, robbery, and attempted robbery.

Officer Sulewski’s dedication and persistence resulted in Chakales’s arrest, and the possible closure of multiple robbery cases in Knoxville.



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