Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
February 2012 Officer of the Month
Officer Rex Armstrong has been named the Knox County Sheriff’s Office February 2012 Officer of the Month.
On February 7, a strong-arm robbery occurred at the Kwik Shop on Rutledge Pike. Officer Armstrong recognized the physical description of the suspect as a suspicious person he had come in contact with at a Pilot station in East Knox County earlier in the week. Officer Armstrong researched his notes and was able to locate the subject’s name. He notified Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives, who were able to provide a picture of the suspect on scene, which matched Officer Armstrong’s subject. Detectives broadcast a BOLO for the suspect and he was stopped by the Knoxville Police Department that night. The suspect was taken into custody and confessed to the Kwik Shop Robbery in addition to an aggravated robbery being worked by KPD. A third aggravated robbery, being worked by KPD, was also linked to Spencer, clearing both of those cases for KPD.
On February 17, while Officer Armstrong was en route to roll call, he noticed a male subject coming out from behind D & H Machine on Asheville Highway. After interviewing the subject, he was able to get him to admit that he had burglarized D & H Machine and had been carrying steel and various metals from the business to his truck. The suspect was arrested and over $500.00 of material from the business was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. The business was located in the city. Instead of detaining the suspect and contacting KPD to take over, Officer Armstrong handled the matter himself. He even contacted the business owner for a follow-up investigation. Officer Armstrong notified KCSO and KPD detectives hoping that the suspect’s information might aid in unsolved burglaries and metal thefts.
Officer Armstrong has been with Knox County Sheriff’s Office since July 1994.