KPD e-News Release: Suspect in Custody in Double Murder by Arson Investigation

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 Double Murder by Arson Investigation
DATE: April 15, 2015
CASE #: 15-007538
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 15, 2015 at approximately 1:00 AM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of residential structure fire, located at 746 East Sevier Avenue in Kingsport. Various area emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival, Kingsport Fire Department personnel found the front of the residence heavily involved in flames. Firefighters located a female fire victim with severe burn injuries outside the residence. She was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. where she was pronounced deceased. A male fire victim was found deceased inside the residence.

Once the fire was extinguished, an investigation into the cause of the fire ensued. This investigation was a cooperative effort between arson investigators from the Kingsport Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, the Kingsport Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Unit.

Based on evidence recovered at the scene, the investigators immediately suspected arson. Several hours into the investigation, a suspect identified as Paul Henry Robinson was observed in the vicinity of the crime scene. The investigators noticed that he had visible burn injuries and singed hair. After further investigation, investigators determined that Mr. Robinson had deliberately set the fire with the intent to kill the two deceased individuals.

Mr. Robinson was arrested and incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail where he remains awaiting arraignment. His charges include:

1) Aggravated Arson

2) Especially Aggravated Burglary

3) First Degree Murder (2 counts)

4) Felony Murder (2 counts)

The identities of the two victims are not being released at this time pending positive identification by the medical examiner and notification of next of kin.

Anyone with any additional information related to this investigation who has not yet spoken with investigators is asked to contact 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

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Paul Henry Robinson
Age Date of Birth 2/4/1959

56 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency 729 Maple Street

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Arson

2) Especially Aggravated Burglary

3) First Degree Murder (2 counts)

4) Felony Murder (2 counts)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Wednesday Afternoon Bank Robbery

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: Kingsport Police Investigating Wednesday Afternoon Bank Robbery
DATE: April 15, 2015
CASE #: 15-007582
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 15, 2015 at approximately 4:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of an armed bank robbery that had just occurred at Regions Bank, located at 1717 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Officers from the K.P.D. Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division immediately responded.

K.P.D. Detectives along with Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are in the preliminary stages of the investigation; therefore, no specific details are available at this time. Further information will be released at the appropriate point in the investigation.

A suspect was captured on surveillance video, and a photo taken from that footage has been included in this release. He appears to be a white male, in his mid to late twenties, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches in height with a stocky build. He has short hair and a thin mustache and goatee. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who recognizes him or sees him, should not approach him, but rather call detectives in the 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Bomb Threat at Kingsport Town Center

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: Kingsport Police Investigating Bomb Threat at Kingsport Town Center
DATE: April 15, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The following has been updated with the correct date of April 15, 2015.

On April 15, 2015 at approximately 10:45 AM, the Kingsport Police Department was notified of a bomb threat received by the Kingsport Town Center (formerly known as the Fort Henry Mall), located at 2101 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The mall has been temporarily closed and evacuated, and an investigation is currently underway. No additional information is available at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Tractor-Trailer Driver Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in March Single Vehicle Crash

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: Tractor-Trailer Driver Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in March Single Vehicle Crash
DATE: April 15, 2015
CASE #: 15-004825
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On April 10, 2015, Aleksandr Andreyevich Lukashov died as a result of injuries sustained in a single vehicle tractor-trailer crash that occurred the previous month. Mr. Lukashov had been hospitalized in critical condition at Holston Valley Medical Center since the night of the crash. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

As previously released:

On Friday, March 13, 2015, at approximately 11:15 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a single vehicle tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 81 at mile marker 59 in Kingsport. Officers from the Kingsport Police Patrol Division immediately responded to the scene. Due to the severity of the crash and resultant injuries, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was summoned and assumed the lead investigatory role. Their subsequent crash reconstruction analysis revealed the following:

A red 2008 Volvo semi/tractor-trailer, hauling approximately 30,000 pounds of frozen chicken, was northbound on Interstate 81 crossing a bridge at mile marker 59, just before the Colonial Heights exit. The truck was owned by EMK Express of Joliet, Illinois. For unknown reasons, the truck suddenly swerved sharply to the right and struck a concrete barricade. The truck overrode the railing that topped the barricade and plunged roughly 50 feet to the railroad tracks below.

The driver, 67 year old Aleksandr Andreyevich Lukashov of Beaverton, Oregon, was seriously injured in the crash. He was transported to Holston Valley Hospital by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency treatment and is currently listed in critical condition. The truck itself was completely destroyed.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash who has not yet spoken to investigators is asked to contact the K.P.D. Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750.

COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Volvo
Year 2008
Type Semi/Tractor-Trailer
Color Red
Damage Destroyed
Owner EMK Express

Joliet, Illinois

Driver Name Aleksandr Andreyevich Lukashov
Age 67 Years of Age
Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Beaverton, Oregon
Injuries Fatal
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Shoplifting Incident at Department Store Escalates into Strong Armed Robbery

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: Shoplifting Incident at Department Store Escalates into Strong Armed Robbery
DATE: April 15, 2015
CASE #: 15-005798
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 25, 2015 at approximately 9:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a Strong Armed Robbery that had just occurred at J.C. Penney in the Kingsport Town Center (formerly known as the Fort Henry Mall), located at 2101 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

A white male suspect had entered the store and shoplifted three pairs of New Balance athletic shoes with a total value of $150. A female store manager and another female employee observed the theft occur and followed the suspect outside where another white male was waiting for him in a small gold car.

The manager attempted to get a look at the license plate of the car, but the suspect tossed the stolen shoes in the car and then bent the license plate up to conceal the number from view. While this transpired, the other employee spoke with the driver of the car who appeared to want nothing to do with the theft and willingly gave the stolen shoes back to the employee.

Seeing this, the suspect ran over to the employee, grabbed her wrist, reclaimed the stolen shoes, and shoved her against the car. The employee received various scrapes and abrasions during the assault. The suspect then got into the car with the stolen shoes, told the driver to go, and they fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 4 inches in height, weighting approximately 140 pounds, and having a bald/shaved head. Several photos of the suspect, captured on surveillance video, are included in this release.

Anyone who recognizes this individual or who may have any information that may help detectives solve this case, is asked to contact 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: Two Suspects Sought in Theft of Wallet from Local McDonald’s

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: Two Suspects Sought in Theft of Wallet from Local McDonald’s
DATE: April 15, 2015
CASE #: 15-006359
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On March 20, 2015 at approximately 2:30 PM a woman accidentally left her wallet on the counter after paying for her meal at McDonald’s, located at 1620 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Approximately 20 minutes later, a couple consisting of a white male and a white female entered the restaurant and noticed the wallet on the counter, but they initially just purchased food and left.

Moments later, the white male re-entered the restaurant to purchase a drink and stole the wallet from the counter. The suspect couple promptly left the scene in what appears to be a gold 4-door sedan with a spoiler on the trunk lid. The wallet contained, among other things, a significant amount of cash.

Photos of the suspects and their vehicle, taken from video surveillance footage, are included in this release. Anyone who recognizes them or who may have any information that may help detectives solve this case is asked to contact 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: Kingsport Emergency Communications District to Hold Flag Raising Ceremony at New 9-1-1 Center During National Telecommunicators Week

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Emergency Communications District to Hold Flag Raising Ceremony at New 9-1-1 Center During NationalTelecommunicators Week
DATE: April 15, 2015
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The construction of Kingsport’s new 9-1-1 Center on Unicoi Street is now complete. The Kingsport Emergency Communications District will hold a flag raising ceremony on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Following the ceremony, area media representatives are welcomed and encouraged to tour the new state of the art facility.

This ceremony has been scheduled in conjunction with National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which is being celebrated during the week of April 12-18, 2015 to honor emergency communications specialists across the country. Emergency Communications Specialists, commonly known as dispatchers, are a critical, but often overlooked, component of the public safety mission.

Kingsport Central Dispatch will not be immediately moving into the new 9-1-1 Center. A new public safety radio communications system is in the process of being implemented across Sullivan County. Kingsport Central Dispatch will begin operating out of the new facility as soon as the new radio system is ready to go online later this year. An official dedication ceremony will be held at that time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit