KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Endorsing and Participating in 2017 “Click It or Ticket” Traffic Safety Initiative

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 Endorsing and Participating in 2017 “Click It or Ticket” Traffic Safety Initiative
DATE: May 23, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacation, the Kingsport Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From May 22 to June 4, 2017 participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.

This campaign encompasses the Memorial Day holiday, which is traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. “Click It or Ticket” is not about the citations; it is about saving lives, and seat belts are without a doubt a motorist’s single best defense in the event of a crash.

According to Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), 349 people killed in Tennessee traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This represents approximately 34 percent of the state’s total traffic fatalities in 2016.

Although the state’s average seat belt usage rate increased from 86.2 percent in 2015 to 88.95 percent in 2016, Tennessee is still nationally classified as a “low use” state. In 2017, the THSO strives to change this by achieving 90 percent or higher.

“Our goal is to prevent fatalities and keep the roadways safe,” said Vic Donoho, Director of the THSO. “We ask every Tennessean to buckle up, every trip, every time.”

According to the NHTSA, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. At night from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM, that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. Therefore, the primary focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating agencies will be taking a zero-tolerance, no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement.

Fear of getting a fine should really not be the primary motivator to encourage someone to buckle up. In Tennessee, the maximum monetary penalty for a seat belt violation is $50.00. In reality, if a motorist is involved in a serious motor vehicle collision while not wearing a seatbelt, the more serious penalty could clearly be his or her life.

Wearing a seatbelt can easily make the difference in a motorist being seriously injured or killed in a crash versus literally walking away from the crash with minor injuries or completely unscathed. The Kingsport Police Department encourages ALL occupants of ALL motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt ALL of the time. It is the law, but more importantly, it might just save a life.

For more information about seat belt safety or the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Issue Downtown Traffic Advisory Due to Supermarket Row Fire

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 Issue Downtown Traffic Advisory Due to Supermarket Row Fire
DATE: May 18, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 18, 2017, as of 5:00 PM, a traffic advisory is in effect for the Downtown Kingsport area due to an extensive structure fire on Supermarket Row, located in the 400 block of West Sullivan Street. All east/west traffic should utilize either Center Street or Stone Drive and avoid Sullivan Street altogether. Motorists should also completely avoid Clinchfield Street and Press Street. All inquiries regarding the fire itself should be directed to the Kingsport Fire Department.
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Department Offers New “Safe Exchange Zone” Service to Citizens

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 Department Offers New “Safe Exchange Zone” Service to Citizens
DATE: May 18, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective immediately, the Kingsport Police Department is offering a new “Safe Exchange Zone” service to citizens. K.P.D.’s “Safe Exchange Zone” consists of two designated parking spaces in the parking lot behind Kingsport City Hall, located at 225 West Center Street, adjacent to the Kingsport Justice Center. These two parking spaces are under video surveillance, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year, with parking being restricted to a 15 minute time limit.

The concept behind K.P.D.’s “Safe Exchange Zone” is to give citizens a safe place to conduct transactions with other individuals, particularly individuals who are complete strangers, but also with known individuals with whom they expect potential problems.

More and more citizens are making purchases in person after initially seeing something listed for sale either online or in a traditional newspaper classified advertisement. Classic social media applications, such as FaceBook, have offered online yard sales for quite some time. Newer more specialized services, such as LetGo, offer free, person-to-person, mobile classifieds applications, that allow users to buy from, sell to, and chat with others locally.

The common theme with all of these transactions is that people are arranging to meet with completely unvetted strangers with cash in hand. “Safe Exchange Zone” offers a clearly marked, well-lit, and very public spot, under constant video surveillance, strategically located adjacent to the Kingsport Police Department, as a site to conduct these person to person transactions between complete strangers.

On a national scale, frightening stories have been told of crimes, such as thefts, robberies, assaults, or worse, being committed during these types of transactions. Fortunately, the Kingsport Police Department has not seen this particular type of crime trend locally. It is our hope that this proactive approach of offering a “Safe Exchange Zone” to our citizens will help this positive cycle continue in Kingsport.

As an added benefit, K.P.D.’s “Safe Exchange Zone” can also be used for child custody swaps between divorced or estranged parents, particularly when there has been a history of significant problems or disagreements between the parents during past exchanges.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Matthew S. Quillen is Now in Police Custody

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: Matthew S. Quillen is Now in Police Custody
DATE: May 15, 2017
CASE #: 17-011097
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 15, 2017 at approximately 3:00 PM, the Kingsport Police Department received what turned out to be reliable information that Matthew S. Quillen had returned to the scene of the crime, his mother’s house, located in the 1400 block of Bell Ridge Drive in Kingsport.

K.P.D. Patrol Officers promptly responded and took Mr. Quillen into custody without incident. He has been transported to the Kingsport City Jail, where he will remain confined, with no eligibility for bond until his arraignment, on the charges of 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 2 counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping.

As previously released:

Nothing really quite says “Happy Mother’s Day” like kidnapping and robbing your own mother and grandmother.

On May 11, 2017 at approximately 3:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were called to a residence in the 1400 block of Bell Ridge Drive in reference to a late report of a robbery and kidnapping that had occurred the previous evening. The resultant investigation revealed the following:

The previous evening, May 10, 2017, at approximately 7:00 PM, Matthew S. Quillen and Kristen P. Way arrived at the Bell Ridge Drive residence to visit Mr. Quillen’s mother (46 year old white female) and grandmother (66 year old white female). At some point during the visit, Mr. Quillen and Ms. Way pointed what the victims genuinely believed to be a firearm at the mother and grandmother and ordered them into the living room.

The victims were subsequently bound by their hands and feet with duct tape and then taped to one another. Mr. Quillen then placed underwear into the mouths of his mother and grandmother and secured the underwear with duct tape. The two suspects then spent the next several hours ransacking the home. Ultimately, the only thing reported stolen was an antique coin collection.

The following morning, May 11, 2017, at approximately 7:00 AM, the suspects released the victims and fled the scene, placing the duct tape and other evidence of their crime in a trash bag and taking it with them. They left the weapon behind, which has since been determined to be a BB gun. The trash bag containing the evidence was later located discarded on the side of the road approximately 100 yards from the house.

After the suspects left, the victims were apparently exhausted from being held captive for the past 12 hours, so they fell asleep. When they awoke that afternoon, they cleaned up the mess that the suspects left behind, and called the grandmother’s husband to tell him what happen. He in turn reported the incident to the Kingsport Police Department.

Ms. Way was located at her residence, brought to the Justice Center to be interviewed, and ultimately arrested for 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 2 counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping. She was initially incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail, but later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where she remains confined, pending arraignment, in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Mr. Quillen currently remains at large with his whereabouts unknown. A warrant has been obtained for his arrest, charging him with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 2 counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping. Detectives have obtained reliable information to believe that he is now in possession of an actual firearm, so he should be considered armed and dangerous.

He is a 27 year old white male adult standing roughly 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. He has blue eyes and a bald/shaved head, and his head, face, and neck are covered with numerous tattoos. His last known address is 991 Kinsler Avenue in Kingsport.

Anyone who knows where he can possibly be located 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

ARRESTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Kristen P. Way
Age Date of Birth 2/23/1995

22 Years of Age

Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 522 Fairview Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Robbery (2 counts)

2) Especially Aggravated Kidnapping (2 counts)

ARRESTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Matthew S. Quillen
Age Date of Birth 5/4/1990

27 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 991 Kinsler Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 3) Aggravated Robbery (2 counts)

4) Especially Aggravated Kidnapping (2 counts)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspect Wanted for Kidnapping and Robbing His Own Mother and Grandmother 4 Days Before Mothe r’s Day

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 Wanted for Kidnapping and Robbing His Own Mother and Grandmother 4 Days Before Mother’s Day
DATE: May 14, 2017
CASE #: 17-011097
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Nothing really quite says “Happy Mother’s Day” like kidnapping and robbing your own mother and grandmother.

On May 11, 2017 at approximately 3:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were called to a residence in the 1400 block of Bell Ridge Drive in reference to a late report of a robbery and kidnapping that had occurred the previous evening. The resultant investigation revealed the following:

The previous evening, May 10, 2017, at approximately 7:00 PM, Matthew S. Quillen and Kristen P. Way arrived at the Bell Ridge Drive residence to visit Mr. Quillen’s mother (46 year old white female) and grandmother (66 year old white female). At some point during the visit, Mr. Quillen and Ms. Way pointed what the victims genuinely believed to be a firearm at the mother and grandmother and ordered them into the living room.

The victims were subsequently bound by their hands and feet with duct tape and then taped to one another. Mr. Quillen then placed underwear into the mouths of his mother and grandmother and secured the underwear with duct tape. The two suspects then spent the next several hours ransacking the home. Ultimately, the only thing reported stolen was an antique coin collection.

The following morning, May 11, 2017, at approximately 7:00 AM, the suspects released the victims and fled the scene, placing the duct tape and other evidence of their crime in a trash bag and taking it with them. They left the weapon behind, which has since been determined to be a BB gun. The trash bag containing the evidence was later located discarded on the side of the road approximately 100 yards from the house.

After the suspects left, the victims were apparently exhausted from being held captive for the past 12 hours, so they fell asleep. When they awoke that afternoon, they cleaned up the mess that the suspects left behind, and called the grandmother’s husband to tell him what happen. He in turn reported the incident to the Kingsport Police Department.

Ms. Way was located at her residence, brought to the Justice Center to be interviewed, and ultimately arrested for 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 2 counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping. She was initially incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail, but later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where she remains confined, pending arraignment, in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Mr. Quillen currently remains at large with his whereabouts unknown. A warrant has been obtained for his arrest, charging him with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 2 counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnapping. Detectives have obtained reliable information to believe that he is now in possession of an actual firearm, so he should be considered armed and dangerous.

He is a 27 year old white male adult standing roughly 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. He has blue eyes and a bald/shaved head, and his head, face, and neck are covered with numerous tattoos. His last known address is 991 Kinsler Avenue in Kingsport.

Anyone who knows where he can possibly be located 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

ARRESTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Kristen P. Way
Age Date of Birth 2/23/1995

22 Years of Age

Gender/Race Female/White
Residency 522 Fairview Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Robbery (2 counts)

2) Especially Aggravated Kidnapping (2 counts)

WANTED SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Matthew S. Quillen
Age Date of Birth 5/4/1990

27 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 11 inches

175 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Bald/Shaved Head

Blue Eyes

Other Descriptors Numerous Tattoos Covering Head, Face, and Neck
Residency 991 Kinsler Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Caution Considered Armed and Dangerous
Charge(s) 3) Aggravated Robbery (2 counts)

4) Especially Aggravated Kidnapping (2 counts)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Suspects Sought for Throwing Concrete Block Through Door of Convenience Store

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: Suspects Sought for Throwing Concrete Block Through Door of Convenience Store
DATE: May 11, 2017
CASE #: 17-010036
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 1, 2017 at approximately 3:05 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to an alarm at the Sunoco gas station and convenience store, located at 828 West Center Street in Kingsport. Upon arrival, the officers observed the front door to be shattered with the remains of a concrete block found in the immediate vicinity.

The manager arrived shortly thereafter and reviewed surveillance video footage. At 3:01 AM on the footage, two unidentified suspects were observed to have approached the front door, thrown the concrete block through the door, and fled on foot. The damage they caused was estimated to be in excess of $1,100.

The suspects appeared to most likely be in their late teens to early 20s and were dressed in blue jeans and ball caps. They had their t-shirts removed and placed over their faces to conceal their identities. Three clips from the video, one of which shows the actual crime, have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:

https://youtu.be/_dETlmwwvv0

https://youtu.be/ujCFwZmtSzw

https://youtu.be/c93R1NYNntM

A photo of the suspect taken from that footage has been included in this release. Anyone who can assist Detectives with their identification 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Detectives Attempting to Identify Felonious Shoplifter of $3,100 in Pet Medication

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: Detectives Attempting to Identify Felonious Shoplifter of $3,100 in Pet Medication
DATE: May 11, 2017
CASE #: 17-009322
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On two separate occasions on April 20 and 21, 2017 an unidentified man shoplifted numerous pet flea and tick preventative medications and collars (total value over $3,100) from Tractor Supply, located at 2606 Minnich Trail in Kingsport. The suspect is believed to have removed a large sprayer from its packaging and utilized the then empty box to conceal his loot without actually paying for it.

The suspect is believed to be a white male, likely in his 40s, with a mustache, goatee, and long blonde hair. He appears to have attempted to conceal his long hair under a ball cap; however, it was revealed when his cap was inadvertently removed. Pictures of the suspect, taken from surveillance video are included in this release.

The Kingsport Police Department apologizes for the blurry nature of these photos. Unfortunately, we have no control over the quality of images captured by privately owned surveillance equipment.

Also included in this release is a photo of examples of the types of medications stolen to include products from K9 Advantix, Frontline, and Seresto. Due to the sheer quantity of products stolen, it is highly doubtful that they were obtained for individual use, and were more than likely stolen for the purpose of reselling.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or who may have any information regarding the reselling of these stolen items 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit