KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Issues Scam Alert Concerning Kidnapping and Ransom Hoax

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Issues Scam Alert Concerning Kidnapping and Ransom Hoax
DATE: November 19, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Effective November 19, 2021, the Kingsport Police Department is issuing a scam alert to area citizens regarding a kidnapping and ransom hoax that is being perpetrated in and around this jurisdiction. While scams of this nature are not new, over the past 48 hours, no less than three (3) similar scams have been reported to area law enforcement. The elements of the hoax are as follows:

A would be victim will receive a phone call or other form of communication from a scam artist claiming that they have kidnapped one of their family members, friends, or loved ones. They have done some research and will typically name a specific person who is known to the targeted individual. There will often be screaming in the background allegedly originating from the named kidnapping victim.

The scam artist will then threaten to harm the hostage and demand that a ransom be paid in exchange for their release. The targeted individual will be instructed to go to a specific location to arrange for payment, typically in the form of a wired money transfer.

Citizens are cautioned that if they receive such a call, it is almost certainly a scam. Due to originating telephone number altering technology that is readily available, it is highly doubtful that the individuals carrying out these scams are local, and entirely possible that they may not even be operating from within the United States.

Anyone who is contacted in such a manner should absolutely not turn over any funds to the caller, and contact law enforcement to report the incident immediately.

For additional information and tips regarding this type of scam, please visit:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/virtual-kidnapping

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Woman Charged in Stabbing Death of her Mother

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Woman Charged in Stabbing Death of her Mother
DATE: November 15, 2021
CASE #: 21-023550
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 14, 2021 at approximately 6:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives were called to a residence in the 1200 block of Pine Street in Kingsport, where family members had discovered the resident, Freida G. Wright, deceased inside the home. Responding Officers confirmed that she was deceased from what appeared to be stab wounds.

Based upon a history of ongoing domestic issues between the victim and her daughter, Stephanie E. Patterson, Detectives soon narrowed in on her as the most likely suspect. After further investigation, Detectives were able to develop probable cause to determine that Ms. Patterson was indeed responsible for her mother’s death.

Ms. Patterson was arrested soon thereafter at a nearby residence in the 1200 block of Willow Street. She was charged with First Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence and confined in the Kingsport City Jail. She was arraigned earlier today, where her bond was set at $300,000. She is scheduled to be transported to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville later today.

As this remains an active and ongoing investigation by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division, absolutely no additional details can or will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Stephanie E. Patterson
Age 29 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) First Degree Murder

2) Tampering with Evidence

VICTIM INFORMATION
Name Freida G. Wright
Age 66 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal Stab Wounds
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Knoxville Man

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Knoxville Man
DATE: November 10, 2021
CASE #: 21-023176
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 8, 2021 Travis A. Woods was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department. Mr. Woods resides in Knoxville, TN but frequents Kingsport, TN. While there is no known reason to suspect foul play at this time, due to some information shared with investigators regarding his personal and medical history, there is reasonable cause to be concerned for his overall health and welfare.

At the time he was reported missing, he had not been seen or heard from since October 28, 2021 when he was spotted on Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport; however, the day after he was reported missing, he was seen driving along West Carters Valley Road.

Mr. Woods is a 35 year old white male adult. He is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs roughly 135 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. His photograph is included in this release. He is believed to be traveling in a black 1999 Ford F-250 extended-cab 4×4 pickup, with custom wheels, bearing Tennessee license plate JNZTOY2.

Anyone who sees Mr. Woods or the truck, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Travis A. Woods
Age 35 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 7 inches

135 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Residency Resides in Knoxville, TN but frequents Kingsport, TN
Last Known Location Seen on Lynn Garden Drive on October 28, 2021

Seen on West Carters Valley Road on November 9, 2021

MISSING PERSON VEHICLE INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model F-250
Year 1999
Type Extended Cab 4×4 Pickup
Color Black
License # TN JNZTOY2
Other Truck has custom wheels
RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 15 Year Old

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 15 Year Old
DATE: November 4, 2021
CASE #: 21-022651
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On November 1, 2021, 15 year old Damien Roy Osborne was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected at this time, due to his minor age, Investigators are making every possible effort to locate him.

His photo and description are included below. Anyone who sees him or who may know his current whereabouts 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Damien Roy Osborne
Age 15 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

6 feet 2 inches

140 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Blue Eyes

Other Description Not provided
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Not provided
Last Known Location 400 block of Allen Drive

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Department Launches “No Shave November” Campaign for Charity

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Department Launches "No Shave November" Campaign for Charity
DATE: November 1, 2021
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Beginning Monday, November 1st, area citizens may start noticing some stubble on the faces of some of Kingsport’s Police Officers. K.P.D. is launching a “No Shave November” campaign to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause.

While Kingsport Police Department policies typically require employees to maintain a traditional conservative appearance, during the month of November, K.P.D. will temporarily relax these standards and allow employees to select one of the following options:

· Employees may choose to grow and maintain a neatly-groomed beard

· Employees may choose to wear blue jeans on Fridays (non-uniformed personnel only)

· Employees may choose to wear a solid-color ribbon in one of the traditionally associated cancer awareness colors

All K.P.D. employees are being encouraged to participate. In order to take part in this campaign, employees are asked to make at least a $35 donation to the K.P.D. Employee Fund. Citizens, businesses, and other organizations can also join K.P.D.’s campaign by mailing or hand-delivering monetary donations of any amount to the Kingsport Justice Center.

Cash donations must be hand-delivered. Donations by check may either be hand-delivered or mailed. Checks should be written to “K.P.D. Employee Fund” with “No Shave November” written in the memo line on the bottom left of the check.

Mailed checks must be received by December 1st and should be sent to:

K.P.D. Employee Fund

No Shave November Campaign

200 Shelby Street

Kingsport, TN 37660

The “No Shave November” campaign has been centered around finding a cure and prevention of cancer for many years. As such, upon completion of the K.P.D. campaign, all funds raised will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

K.P.D. is also extremely pleased to announce that Holston Medical Group (HMG) has graciously offered to match any funds raised by employees and citizen donations up to $5,000. K.P.D. and HMG are excited about this community partnership and look forward to working together for such an important cause.

“While any and all cancer research and treatments are incredibly worthwhile, it causes me great pause when I think of a small child or an infant having to fight this dreaded disease. I truly hope that each of you consider making a contribution to this worthy cause,” said Chief of Police Dale Phipps. “We want to express our sincere appreciation to all employees, citizens, and our community partner Holston Medical Group for their generous support toward this campaign.”

Effective December 1st, K.P.D. employees will return to the traditional conservative appearance standards that citizens have come to expect.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 16 Year Old Boy (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 16 Year Old Boy (Update)
DATE: October 25, 2021
CASE #: 21-021833
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Dakota Nash O’Neal Benton has been located safe and is no longer considered a missing juvenile.

As previously released:

On the evening of October 19, 2021 Dakota Nash O’Neal Benton was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected, due to his minor age, investigators are making every possible effort to locate him.

His photograph and detailed description are included below. Anyone who sees him, or who may know his current whereabouts, 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Dakota Nash O’Neal Benton
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

156 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Brown eyes

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing White hooded sweatshirt

Black pants

Multi-colored knit cap

Last Known Location 400 block of Allen Drive

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Searching for Juveniles Connected to Multiple Violent Felonies (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Searching for Juveniles Connected to Multiple Violent Felonies (Update)
DATE: October 23, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Shortly after the issuance of the earlier news release, both the wanted 16 year old black male juvenile and the wanted 13 year old black male juvenile were spotted by Kingsport Police Officers inside a vehicle in the Borden Mill Village neighborhood of Kingsport. The juveniles ran from the vehicle and led multiple Officers on a foot chase into the nearby Riverview neighborhood. Pursuing Officers were able to successfully catch up with and arrest the two wanted suspects.

Again, this investigation remains on-going by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. Additional persons are believed to be involved, and additional charges are likely pending. As this continues to be an open and active multi-agency investigation involving juvenile suspects, absolutely no additional information can or will be released at this time.

As previously released:

Over approximately the past month, the Kingsport Police Department, in cooperation with law enforcement officials from surrounding local, state, and federal agencies, has been engaged in an extensive investigation into a surge in the crimes of Motor Vehicle Theft and Auto Burglary in the City of Kingsport and surrounding areas to include the greater Tri-Cities/Northeast Tennessee Region.

While K.P.D.’s investigation has centered around its jurisdiction, the increased frequency of these types of crimes is by no means unique to Kingsport. When sharing criminal intelligence information with other agencies, feedback indicates that similar trends are being experienced in other jurisdictions across the region, state, and nation.

Detectives with the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division developed credible intelligence to lead them to believe that these crimes were being committed by a group of juveniles, and that the juveniles in question were in possession of firearms. This group of juveniles has been linked to at least a dozen stolen vehicles, many of which have since been recovered.

During the course of the investigation, Detectives have also been able to determine that some of these stolen vehicles have been used during the commission of multiple violent felonies. These incidents include the brandishing of firearms, drive-by style shootings, aggravated assaults, and an attempted carjacking. Fortunately, nobody was stuck by any of the gunfire in any of these earlier incidents.

Most recently, in the past 24 hours, the following incidents have occurred:

1) October 22, 2021: A drive-by style shooting at an apartment in the 1000 block of Reedy Place in Kingsport. An 18 year old male sustained a gunshot wound to the upper thigh during this incident. He was transported to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. His current condition is unknown.

2) October 23, 2021: A Kingsport Police Officer encountered some of the suspects in one of the stolen vehicles in the 800 block of Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport, and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the suspects are believed to have fired shots at the pursuing officer, and they were able to successfully evade the officer. Nobody is believed to have been hit by the gunfire.

3) October 23, 2021: A newspaper carrier encountered a suspect, believed to be attempting to steal a vehicle, in the 1000 block of Forest Ridge Drive in Kingsport. Shots are believed to have been fired as the suspect fled on foot, but nobody is believed to have been hit by the gunfire.

4) October 23, 2021: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies encountered some of the suspects in one of the stolen vehicles in the 1300 block of South John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport, and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the suspects fired multiple shots at the pursuing officers, and they were able to successfully evade the officers. While two SCSO cruisers were in fact hit with gunfire, no persons are believed to have been hit by the gunfire.

Based upon the investigation, Detectives have placed multiple felony charges and secured juvenile petitions and attachments for two of the juveniles involved. One suspect is a 16 year old black male, and the other is a 13 year old black male. While their identities are not being released at this time due to juvenile privacy laws, their charges are extremely serious, and they should be considered armed and dangerous. As of the time of issuance of this news release, they remain wanted and at large. Their specific charges are detailed in the accompanying tables below.

This investigation remains active and on-going by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. Additional persons are believed to be involved, and additional charges are likely pending.

Two stolen vehicles (to include stock photos), believed to still be in possession of the suspects, are also featured in the tables below. One is a black 2015 Jeep Patriot sport utility vehicle, and the other is a white 2018 Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicle.

Citizens are encouraged to contact 911 immediately if they see any criminal or otherwise suspicious activity involving juveniles, especially if it involves either of these two described vehicles.

Tips regarding these or any other cases can also be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

As many of these vehicles are being stolen from area neighborhoods, citizens are also encouraged to review their home surveillance and video doorbell camera footage for any suspicious activity and report any findings to the Kingsport Police Department immediately.

In the meantime and as always, in an effort to deter and prevent the crimes of Motor Vehicle Theft and Auto Burglary, citizens are also urged to:

1) Never leave a vehicle unlocked while unattended.

2) Never leave the key (or electronic key fob) inside a parked and unoccupied vehicle.

3) Never leave a car key (or electronic key fob) in an unsecure location.

4) Never leave a vehicle running unless the driver is actually in it.

5) Never leave any items of real or perceived value in plain sight inside a vehicle.

As this remains an open and active multi-agency investigation involving juvenile suspects, absolutely no additional information can or will be released at this time.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Juvenile Privacy Laws
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Criminal Responsibility for Facilitation of a Felony (Attempted First Degree Murder)

2) Felony Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon

3) Reckless Endangerment

4) Theft over $10,000

5) Possession of Stolen Property over $15,000

(Photo Not Released Due to Juvenile Privacy Laws)

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION
Name Not Released Due to Juvenile Privacy Laws
Age 13 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder (4 counts)

2) Aggravated Assault (4 counts)

3) Reckless Endangerment

4) Theft over $10,000

5) Possession of Stolen Property over $15,000

6) Vandalism under $1,000

(Photo Not Released Due to Juvenile Privacy Laws)

STOLEN/SUSPECT VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Jeep
Model Patriot
Year 2015
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Black
License # TN Registration V42-53V
Other Damage to hood and rear passenger-side door

STOLEN/SUSPECT VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Nissan
Model Rogue
Year 2018
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color White
License # TN Registration 4M7-2A5
Other N/A

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Searching for Juveniles Connected to Multiple Violent Felonies

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Searching for Juveniles Connected to Multiple Violent Felonies
DATE: October 23, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Over approximately the past month, the Kingsport Police Department, in cooperation with law enforcement officials from surrounding local, state, and federal agencies, has been engaged in an extensive investigation into a surge in the crimes of Motor Vehicle Theft and Auto Burglary in the City of Kingsport and surrounding areas to include the greater Tri-Cities/Northeast Tennessee Region.

While K.P.D.’s investigation has centered around its jurisdiction, the increased frequency of these types of crimes is by no means unique to Kingsport. When sharing criminal intelligence information with other agencies, feedback indicates that similar trends are being experienced in other jurisdictions across the region, state, and nation.

Detectives with the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division developed credible intelligence to lead them to believe that these crimes were being committed by a group of juveniles, and that the juveniles in question were in possession of firearms. This group of juveniles has been linked to at least a dozen stolen vehicles, many of which have since been recovered.

During the course of the investigation, Detectives have also been able to determine that some of these stolen vehicles have been used during the commission of multiple violent felonies. These incidents include the brandishing of firearms, drive-by style shootings, aggravated assaults, and an attempted carjacking. Fortunately, nobody was stuck by any of the gunfire in any of these earlier incidents.

Most recently, in the past 24 hours, the following incidents have occurred:

1) October 22, 2021: A drive-by style shooting at an apartment in the 1000 block of Reedy Place in Kingsport. An 18 year old male sustained a gunshot wound to the upper thigh during this incident. He was transported to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. His current condition is unknown.

2) October 23, 2021: A Kingsport Police Officer encountered some of the suspects in one of the stolen vehicles in the 800 block of Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport, and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the suspects are believed to have fired shots at the pursuing officer, and they were able to successfully evade the officer. Nobody is believed to have been hit by the gunfire.

3) October 23, 2021: A newspaper carrier encountered a suspect, believed to be attempting to steal a vehicle, in the 1000 block of Forest Ridge Drive in Kingsport. Shots are believed to have been fired as the suspect fled on foot, but nobody is believed to have been hit by the gunfire.

4) October 23, 2021: Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies encountered some of the suspects in one of the stolen vehicles in the 1300 block of South John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport, and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the suspects fired multiple shots at the pursuing officers, and they were able to successfully evade the officers. While two SCSO cruisers were in fact hit with gunfire, no persons are believed to have been hit by the gunfire.

Based upon the investigation, Detectives have placed multiple felony charges and secured juvenile petitions and attachments for two of the juveniles involved. One suspect is a 16 year old black male, and the other is a 13 year old black male. While their identities are not being released at this time due to juvenile privacy laws, their charges are extremely serious, and they should be considered armed and dangerous. As of the time of issuance of this news release, they remain wanted and at large. Their specific charges are detailed in the accompanying tables below.

This investigation remains active and on-going by the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division. Additional persons are believed to be involved, and additional charges are likely pending.

Two stolen vehicles (to include stock photos), believed to still be in possession of the suspects, are also featured in the tables below. One is a black 2015 Jeep Patriot sport utility vehicle, and the other is a white 2018 Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicle.

Citizens are encouraged to contact 911 immediately if they see any criminal or otherwise suspicious activity involving juveniles, especially if it involves either of these two described vehicles.

Tips regarding these or any other cases can also be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

http://police.KingsportTN.gov/Citizen_Feedback

As many of these vehicles are being stolen from area neighborhoods, citizens are also encouraged to review their home surveillance and video doorbell camera footage for any suspicious activity and report any findings to the Kingsport Police Department immediately.

In the meantime and as always, in an effort to deter and prevent the crimes of Motor Vehicle Theft and Auto Burglary, citizens are also urged to:

1) Never leave a vehicle unlocked while unattended.

2) Never leave the key (or electronic key fob) inside a parked and unoccupied vehicle.

3) Never leave a car key (or electronic key fob) in an unsecure location.

4) Never leave a vehicle running unless the driver is actually in it.

5) Never leave any items of real or perceived value in plain sight inside a vehicle.

As this remains an open and active multi-agency investigation involving juvenile suspects, absolutely no additional information can or will be released at this time.

SUSPECT #1 INFORMATION (WANTED & AT LARGE/ARMED & DANGEROUS)
Name Not Released Due to Juvenile Privacy Laws
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Criminal Responsibility for Facilitation of a Felony (Attempted First Degree Murder)

2) Felony Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon

3) Reckless Endangerment

4) Theft over $10,000

5) Possession of Stolen Property over $15,000

(Photo Not Released Due to Juvenile Privacy Laws)

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION (WANTED & AT LARGE/ARMED & DANGEROUS)
Name Not Released Due to Juvenile Privacy Laws
Age 13 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Charge(s) 1) Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder (4 counts)

2) Aggravated Assault (4 counts)

3) Reckless Endangerment

4) Theft over $10,000

5) Possession of Stolen Property over $15,000

6) Vandalism under $1,000

(Photo Not Released Due to Juvenile Privacy Laws)

STOLEN/SUSPECT VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Jeep
Model Patriot
Year 2015
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color Black
License # TN Registration V42-53V
Other Damage to hood and rear passenger-side door

STOLEN/SUSPECT VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Nissan
Model Rogue
Year 2018
Type Sport Utility Vehicle
Color White
License # TN Registration 4M7-2A5
Other N/A

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Citizens Urged to Take Basic Preventative Measures Due to Surge in Motor Vehicle Thefts and Auto Burglaries

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Citizens Urged to Take Basic Preventative Measures Due to Surge in Motor Vehicle Thefts and Auto Burglaries
DATE: October 21, 2021
CASE #: Multiple
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport has been experiencing a surge in the crime of Motor Vehicle Theft. Having said that, it is important to note that in the vast majority of Motor Vehicle Thefts, the vehicle that was stolen had been left unlocked with the key (or electronic key fob) left in the vehicle (often times with the key actually in the ignition and the vehicle running).

Auto Burglaries are also on the rise. Again, it is important to note that in the vast majority of Auto Burglaries, the vehicle had either been left unlocked, or the owner had left an item of obvious real or perceived value in plain sight inside the vehicle.

To reiterate, very few cars that are being stolen or burglarized are actually being forcibly broken into. In nearly all of the cases, had the owner of the vehicle taken a few basic preventative measures, the crimes could have easily been deterred.

This particular problem is by no means unique to Kingsport. When sharing criminal intelligence information with other agencies, feedback indicates that similar trends are being experienced in other jurisdictions.

K.P.D. has prioritized investigating and preventing these types of crimes, but we are asking for some additional help from the public. To that end, the good news is that the occurrence of these two crimes can easily be lessened or even prevented altogether by utilizing the following common sense strategies:

1) Never leave your vehicle unlocked while unattended.

Your vehicle was designed with locking doors for a very good reason. It should be locked at all times. A vehicle is obviously much less likely to be burglarized or stolen if it is locked.

You should lock your vehicle even when you are in close proximity to it while pumping gas, or at a self-service car wash, and especially when you leave it even briefly for a quick trip into a store. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

You should even lock your doors while you are in the vehicle while parked or in motion. Tests have shown that a locked door is much less likely to pop open during a crash, and a locked door will certainly lessen the possibility of someone with ill intentions opening your door from the outside while you are in the vehicle.

2) Never leave the key (or electronic key fob) inside your parked and unoccupied vehicle.

Leaving the key (or electronic key fob) inside your parked and unoccupied vehicle (even if it is locked) is asking for trouble. It allows undeterred access to the vehicle by criminals. It also allows curious children to potentially get behind the wheel, which could obviously lead to tragic results.

3) Never leave your car key (or electronic key fob) in an unsecure location.

Even if your key is not actually inside the vehicle, it is important to make sure that it is stored securely and cannot be easily accessed by unauthorized individuals.

4) Never leave your vehicle running unless you are actually in it.

The only thing worse than leaving your key in your vehicle is leaving the key in the ignition with the engine running. Again, it allows undeterred access to the vehicle by criminals, and it also allows curious children to potentially get behind the wheel, which could obviously lead to tragic results.

With colder weather approaching, it is important to point out that it is not uncommon for vehicles to be stolen while left running, unlocked, and unoccupied while they are defrosting in the morning.

5) Never leave items of real or perceived value in plain sight inside your vehicle.

Other than leaving your vehicle unlocked, the best way to get it broken into is to leave something valuable inside of it. Purses, backpacks, duffle/tote bags, electronics, cell phones, portable GPS devices, radar detectors, medications, firearms, money, shopping bags and packages, etc. should never be left inside your vehicle, especially not in plain view.

And remember, it doesn’t even have to be valuable to you as long as it appears potentially valuable to a criminal peeking into a window.

Following these simple steps will go a long way toward deterring these crimes in our city, and reducing your chances of becoming the next victim of Motor Vehicle Theft or Auto Burglary.

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 16 Year Old Girl

Kingsport Police Department

Dale Phipps, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://KingsportTN.gov/City-Services/Police-Departmentwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing 16 Year Old Girl
DATE: October 21, 2021
CASE #: 21-021806
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the afternoon of October 19, 2021 Hailey Carrico was reported as a missing juvenile to the Kingsport Police Department. While foul play is not suspected, due to her minor age, investigators are making every possible effort to locate her.

A partial photograph and limited description are included below. Anyone who sees her, or who may know her current whereabouts, 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

MISSING JUVENILE INFORMATION
Name Hailey Carrico
Age 16 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Height/

Weight

Height and weight not provided
Hair/Eyes Dark brown and red hair

Eye color not provided

Other Description N/A
Residency Kingsport, TN
Possible Clothing Pink jacket

Blue jeans

White slip on shoes

Last Known Location 1800 block of Park Street

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)

ThomasMPatton