KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Attempting to Identify Suspect in Theft of iPhone from Local Grocery Store

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Attempting to Identify Suspect in Theft of iPhone from Local Grocery Store
DATE: November 24, 2014
CASE #: 14-020928
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 13, 2014 at approximately 9:00 PM, an employee of Food City, located at 300 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport, left her cellular telephone lying next to the cash register in the check-out lane where she was working while she took a break. While she was away, a Hispanic male spotted her phone, placed it in his pocket, and left the store. The suspect left the scene in what appeared to be a beige Chevrolet Suburban full-size sport utility vehicle.

The stolen cellular telephone is an iPhone 5s, white in color, and has a value of approximately $600. At the time of the theft it was housed in a pink and purple cover/case.

Photos of the suspect captured on surveillance video are included in this release. The suspect is the individual wearing a pink shirt with white lettering. At the time of the theft, the suspect was accompanied by a second Hispanic male who is pictured in the accompanying photos wearing a darker colored shirt.

The second Hispanic male is not a suspect; however, as he was with the suspect at the time of the theft, learning his identity could also help detectives identify the actual suspect.

Anyone who recognizes either of these two individuals is asked to contact detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect in Custody in Road Rage Fueled Machete Attack

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect in Custody in Road Rage Fueled Machete Attack
DATE: November 23, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 22, 2014, shortly after 3:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to westbound Interstate 26 at the exit ramp to the new Tennessee Welcome Center in reference to an incident of road rage. Their initial investigation revealed that occupants of two separate vehicles had become involved in a physical confrontation involving a machete. Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division were summoned to the scene. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2005 Ford Expedition occupied by four individuals was westbound on Interstate 26 when a 2008 Honda Civic approached from behind. The driver and sole occupant of the Honda was a complete stranger to the occupants of the Ford, but was later identified as John R. Hay, III. Mr. Hay began flashing the headlights of his Honda at the Ford. He then passed the Ford, making obscene gestures toward the occupants in the process. Once ahead of the Ford, Mr. Hay began deliberately and recklessly applying his brakes directly in front of the Ford.

In an attempt to avoid further interaction with Mr. Hay, the driver of the Ford pulled the vehicle over to the roadside at the exit ramp to the new Tennessee Welcome Center. Mr. Hay stopped directly in front of the Ford and promptly exited his Honda wielding what was later determined to be a machete. An adult male front seat passenger exited the Ford to confront Mr. Hay and was immediately attacked.

Mr. Hay swung the machete at the victim causing a severe laceration to his hand. In self-defense, the victim fought back, took Mr. Hay to the ground, and hit him to disarm him of the deadly weapon. Once disarmed, Mr. Hay got up, retreated to his Honda, and fled the scene, leaving the machete behind. The remaining occupants of the Ford, as well as multiple independent witnesses confirmed the victim’s account of the events.

The victim was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. where the trauma to his hand required immediate surgery. He is currently listed in stable condition.

In short order, K.P.D. Patrol Officers located Mr. Hay driving the Honda in the vicinity of Wilcox Drive and South John B. Dennis Highway and conducted a traffic stop without incident. Mr. Hay was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center where he was interviewed by detectives and treated for injuries sustained in his altercation with the victim.

At approximately 10:30 PM, Mr. Hay was released from the hospital and was transported to the Kingsport Justice Center where he was charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit 1st Degree Murder and incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail. He was later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville where he will remain pending arraignment. This investigation is ongoing with potential additional charges pending the outcome.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name John R. Hay, III
Age Date of Birth 10/14/1958

56 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 304 Arbor Terrace Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Criminal Attempt to Commit 1st Degree Murder

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Detectives Investigating Saturday Afternoon Road Rage Incident

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Detectives Investigating Saturday Afternoon Road Rage Incident
DATE: November 22, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 22, 2014, shortly after 3:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers were dispatched to westbound Interstate 26 at the exit ramp to the new Tennessee Welcome Center in reference to an incident of road rage. Their initial investigation revealed that occupants of two separate vehicles had become involved in a physical confrontation involving a weapon that resulted in two individuals being transported to an area hospital for treatment of significant, but non-life threatening injuries.

Kingsport Police Detectives responded to the scene and are in the early stages of the investigation. Additional information will be released at the appropriate point in the investigation.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect in Custody in Tractor Supply Theft Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect in Custody in Tractor Supply Theft Investigation
DATE: November 21, 2014
Case #: 14-020801 (Tractor Supply Theft)

14-021437 (Incident at Time of Arrest)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
A suspect is in custody in a Kingsport Police investigation into recent thefts from the parking lot of Tractor Supply.

Shortly after midnight on November 11, 2014, a white male suspect cut a security cable and stole a Baja Warrior Mini-Bike ($650 value) from the parking lot of Tractor Supply Company, located at 2606 Minnich Trail in Kingsport. At approximately 4:15 AM, the same suspect returned to the Tractor Supply parking lot and stole four Kohler engines ($430 value each/total value $1,720) after unbolting them from log splitters.

Later the same day, the suspect was spotted with an accomplice in a parking lot in the Lynn Garden area where they were attempting to sell one of the engines. The suspect was initially known to be traveling in a silver sedan, but the car was eventually able to be identified as a silver 2-door Honda Accord.

On November 20, 2014 at approximately 5:45 PM, a K.P.D. detective, following a lead, located the suspect, later identified as Travis A. Bellew, sitting in the driver seat of the previously described Honda parked in the parking lot of Food City, located at 1205 North Eastman Road in Kingsport. The vehicle was also occupied by a female passenger. The detective activated his blue lights and approached the vehicle on foot; however, as soon as Mr. Bellew saw him, he recklessly sped off, nearly striking another vehicle in the parking lot.

With the assistance of a citizen tip, the vehicle was located within a few minutes by a K.P.D. patrol officer on East Sullivan Street near the Oak Street intersection. The officer initiated a traffic stop and this time, Mr. Bellew complied. He was promptly arrested for felony evading arrest and felony reckless endangerment and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. He was also found to be wanted on an outstanding K.P.D. warrant for domestic assault, so that warrant was served as well.

After further investigation, including an interview with detectives, the charge of theft over $1,000 in the Tractor Supply theft case was added to his list of charges. He is currently being held in the Kingsport City Jail pending arraignment. Detectives have recovered some, but not all of the stolen items, and Mr. Bellew’s unidentified accomplice is still being sought.

Anyone who can identify the accomplice or who may have any information which may help detectives recover the remaining stolen property is asked to call the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

To view the previous news releases which include surveillance photos and links to videos, please visit the following link:

http://kingsportpdblog.com/2014/11/18/kpd-e-news-release-k-p-d-detectives-investigating-thefts-from-tractor-supply-updated-with-new-information-photos-and-videos/

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Travis A. Bellew
Age Date of Birth 6/19/1989

25 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Homeless

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Theft Over $1,000

2) Felony Evading Arrest

3) Felony Reckless Endangerment

4) Also Arrested on Outstanding K.P.D. Warrant for Domestic Assault

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Detectives Ask for Public Assistance in Identifying iPad Thief

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Detectives Ask for Public Assistance in Identifying iPad Thief
DATE: November 21, 2014
CASE #: 14-020608
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives are searching for a suspect in the theft of an iPad computer tablet. On November 9, 2014 at approximately 6:30 PM, a white male suspect stole an iPad from the waiting room of a local medical facility. The owner had left the tablet plugged in to charge and had covered it with her jacket while she left the room for a few minutes. When she returned, the iPad was gone.

Surveillance cameras captured the suspect on video, and a photograph taken from that footage is included in this release. Anyone who recognizes this individual is asked to contact detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Traffic Stop by K.P.D. Vice Detectives Nets Drug Arrest

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Traffic Stop by K.P.D. Vice Detectives Nets Drug Arrest
DATE: November 21, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 20, 2014 at approximately 11:30 PM, detectives from the Kingsport Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit observed an individual operating a Mazda 626 sedan in the parking lot of Food City, located at 300 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. From previous encounters, the detectives knew this individual to be Shelborne J. Mason, and they were also aware that Mr. Mason did not possess a valid driver license.

The vehicle exited the parking lot by turning left onto Clinchfield Street, crossing the travel lane and entering into the bicycle lane. As the detectives were attempting to catch up to the vehicle, it turned left onto Lovedale Drive and immediately accelerated to over 50 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. Just as the detectives were preparing to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle pulled into the driveway of 605 Lovedale Drive.

As the detectives pulled in and activated their blue lights, Mr. Mason stepped out of the vehicle. When the detectives approached, they could smell the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Mr. Mason immediately became argumentative and confrontational with the detectives. He was promptly arrested for driving without a license, speeding, and failure to maintain his vehicle in the proper lane of travel.

During a search of Mr. Mason’s person incident to arrest, detectives located and seized a rock of crack cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, and nearly $300 in cash believed to be profits from drug sales. Detectives subsequently seized the vehicle for being used to transport illegal narcotics. During an inventory search of the car, a large bag containing over ½ gram of crack cocaine was found.

In addition to the aforementioned traffic offenses, Mr. Mason was charged with possession of over ½ gram of crack cocaine for resale within 1,000 feet of a school (Andrew Jackson Elementary School), simple possession of marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are sold, stored, used, or distributed. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he is being held pending a $25,000 bond.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Shelborne J. Mason
Age Date of Birth 7/25/1970

44 Years of Age

Race/Gender Black/Male
Residency 222 East Ravine Road

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of over ½ Gram of Crack Cocaine for Resale within 1,000 feet of a School (Andrew Jackson Elementary School)

2) Simple Possession of Marijuana

3) Maintaining a Dwelling where Narcotics are Sold, Stored, Used, or Distributed

4) Speeding

5) Failure to Maintain Vehicle in Proper Lane of Travel

6) Driving Without a License

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect in Custody in Joint K.P.D./S.C.S.O. Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) Investigation

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect in Custody in Joint K.P.D./S.C.S.O. Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) Investigation
DATE: November 19, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 7, 2014 at approximately 1:30 PM a citizen turned in an item of found property to the Kingsport Police Department. He stated that while shopping at a local auto parts store on the afternoon of October 25, 2014, he had found a micro SD memory card on the floor. Thinking he might have some use for it, he picked it up and took it home.

Almost two weeks passed before he looked at the contents of the memory card, but when he did, he found a significant amount of disturbing images of child pornography. He immediately turned the memory card over to the Kingsport Police Department.

This discovery launched an in-depth joint investigation by the Kingsport Police Department and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) Units in an effort to determine the source of the memory card. It was found to contain over 100 images of nude minor children involved in sexual acts with other minors and/or adults. After a thorough forensic analysis of the memory card, it was traced back to a suspect identified as Jimmy Travis Cole.

On November 18, 2014, K.P.D. and S.C.S.O. Investigators located and interviewed Mr. Cole at his residence in Sullivan County outside the city limits of Kingsport. During the interview, Mr. Cole confirmed losing his micro SD memory card approximately one month ago while transporting it in his pocket, acknowledged that he regularly frequents the auto parts store where it was found, and admitted to receiving and sending child pornography using his cellular telephone.

Mr. Cole was arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Possession of over 100 Images of Child Pornography) which is a Class B felony. He was transported to the Sullivan County Jail where he is being held pending a $50,000 bond. The investigation into the discovery of these images is ongoing.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Jimmy Travis Cole
Age Date of Birth 2/14/1979

35 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Address not released by the Kingsport Police Department

Sullivan County outside the city limits of Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Possession of over 100 Images of Child Pornography) Class B Felony

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit