KPD e-News Release: Suspect Sought in Shoplifting Incident that Escalated to Knife Assault

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Suspect Sought in Shoplifting Incident that Escalated to Knife Assault
DATE: December 11, 2018
CASE #: 18-032922
On December 9, 2018 at approximately 10:45 AM, a white male adult suspect attempted to push a shopping cart full of merchandise (nearly $1,000 total value) out of Walmart, located at 2500 West Stone Drive in Kingsport, without paying for it.

When Walmart loss prevention personnel confronted the man, he pulled a large knife from the pile of merchandise, removed it from its packaging, and raised it in a threatening and aggressive manner. The suspect eventually set the knife down, abandoned the shopping cart full of merchandise he was attempting to steal, and left the store.

A photograph of the suspect, taken from store surveillance video footage, has been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes him 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:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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


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