KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Investigating Bomb Threat to MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention 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 to MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center
DATE: May 27, 2017
CASE #: 17-012577
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 27, 2017 at approximately 6:00 AM, the Kingsport Police Department was called to the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center, located at 1901 Meadowview Parkway in Kingsport, in reference to a bomb threat. The bomb threat was received via a fax machine at the resort.

The fax transmission included a narrative claiming that explosives had been installed in the building. The threat evolved into an attempted extortion, with the suspect demanding several thousand dollars in exchange for not detonating the explosives. The threatening fax originated from outside of the United States and demanded that the ransom money be delivered via an electronic funds transfer.

Based upon the ensuing investigation, there was absolutely no evidence uncovered to give this threat any credibility whatsoever. However, all threats must be taken seriously, so out of an abundance of caution, several area law enforcement explosives detection K-9 teams were called to the scene to thoroughly check the MeadowView properties.

Ultimately no explosives were detected. The Kingsport Police Department would like to thank the generosity of our neighboring law enforcement agencies, specifically the Johnson City Police Department, the Bristol TN Police Department, and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, who responded K-9 teams to assist under preexisting mutual aid agreements.

Marriott released the following statement: “Earlier today we received a bomb threat via fax. We immediately contacted the authorities. The police are managing the situation, and we are following their guidance. The safety and security of our guests and associates remains one of our highest priorities.”

As this remains an open and active criminal investigation by the Kingsport Police Department, no additional details will be released at this time.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

KPD e-News Release: Two Juveniles Charged in 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: Two Juveniles Charged in Supermarket Row Fire
DATE: May 26, 2017
CASE #: 17-011750
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On May 18, 2017 at approximately 3:15 PM Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a commercial structure fire in the 400 block of West Sullivan Street, traditionally known as “Supermarket Row.” Upon arrival, responding Firefighters from the Kingsport Fire Department found a building, located at 443 West Sullivan Street, fully involved, making a safe interior attack virtually impossible. This was a vacant building that most recently housed a Hometown IGA grocery store and was previously home to an Oakwood grocery store.

Kingsport Police Department Patrol Officers established a perimeter to safely reroute pedestrian and vehicular traffic away from the scene. Firefighters quickly set up a defensive position and were able to successfully keep the fire contained to the single structure and prevent it from spreading to other nearby buildings. Firefighters continued to battle the fire, which persistently burned and smoldered well into the night. It was eventually completely extinguished during the early morning hours of the following day. The building is being considered a total loss; however, fortunately no injuries were reported.

Long before the fire was doused, an investigation began into what, and in this case who, caused it. This was a joint investigation, conducted cooperatively between the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division and the K.F.D. Fire Marshal’s Office. While interviewing bystanders and potential witnesses, two male juveniles (ages 11 and 12) were quickly identified as possible persons of interest.

Through further inquiry and analysis, to include subsequent interviews with the juveniles in question, investigators were able to positively establish that these two individuals did in fact start the fire. On May 25, 2017, after consulting with the Office of the Sullivan County District Attorney General regarding the facts of the case and appropriate charges, Juvenile Petitions were obtained, charging these two culprits with the criminal offenses of 1) Aggravated Criminal Trespassing and 2) Reckless Burning.

The juveniles, to be accompanied by their parents and/or guardians, are scheduled for arraignment in Sullivan County Juvenile Court on June 2, 2017. As this is an active and ongoing investigation involving minors, with court proceedings pending, absolutely no additional details or information can or will be released at this time.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 11 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Criminal Trespassing

2) Reckless Burning

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Minor Age
Age 12 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Criminal Trespassing

2) Reckless Burning

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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