KPD e-News Release: Couple Charged in Aggravated Robbery Conspiracy

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

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NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Couple Charged in Aggravated Robbery Conspiracy
DATE: September 29, 2014
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 27, 2014 at approximately 9:15 PM, Kingsport Police Officers from the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions responded to Model City Apartments, located at 1000 Stonegate Road in Kingsport, in reference to an armed robbery of an individual. Officers spoke with the victim, a 24 year old black male, who had been invited to this location by Mariah Jean Holt, whom he had previously dated.

The investigation revealed that Ms. Holt had invited the victim to meet her via a series of text messages under the false pretense of a romantic rendezvous. When the victim arrived, rather than being greeted by Ms. Holt, he was approached by an individual later identified as Travis K. Nelms, Jr. who is Ms. Holt’s current boyfriend.

Mr. Nelms had concealed his face by wrapping a shirt around his head. He pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim and ordered him to strip off all of his clothing. Once the clothing was removed, Mr. Nelms stole a brand new iPhone 6 Plus from the pocket of the victim’s pants. Mr. Nelms then attempted to punch the victim but missed. In fear of being shot or otherwise assaulted, the victim fled from the scene, naked and on foot.

Mr. Nelms and Ms. Holt were quickly developed as suspects. Ms. Holt was located at Model City Apartments and was promptly arrested as a party to the crime of Aggravated Robbery.

Mr. Nelms is still at large. A warrant has been obtained, charging him with Aggravated Robbery. He is described as a 21 year old white male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches in height and weighing approximately 170 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to contact the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Travis K. Nelms, Jr.
Age Date of Birth 7/5/1993

21 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Male
Residency Model City Apartments

1000 Stonegate Road, Apt. # R-15

Kingsport, TN

Height/

Weight

5 feet, 10 inches

170 pounds

Hair/Eyes Blonde/Blue
Charge(s) Aggravated Robbery

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Mariah Jean Holt
Age Date of Birth 1/23/1990

24 Years of Age

Race/Gender White/Female
Residency Model City Apartments

1000 Stonegate Road, Apt. # R-15

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) Aggravated Assault (Party to the Crime)

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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