KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Two Convicted Sex Offenders who have Absconded from Supervision (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 Two Convicted Sex Offenders who have Absconded from Supervision (Update)
DATE: December 14, 2022
CASE #: 21-004832 (King)

22-024217 (Walsh)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: Thanks to citizen tips received and subsequent follow-up investigation, Rowena H. King is now in custody. Detectives arrested her earlier today at a local apartment complex. Robert John Walsh remains wanted and at large.

As previously released:

The Kingsport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is attempting to locate two convicted sex offenders who have absconded from supervision and are currently wanted on active arrest warrants for Violation of the Sex Offender Registry.

Rowena H. King is a registered violent sex offender based upon a 1990 conviction for aggravated rape and sexual assault. As a violent sex offender, she is required to report quarterly to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where she resides; however, she has not reported since 2018. She was last known to reside in Kingsport; however, her address on file is no longer valid. As such, she is classified as an absconder, and a warrant has been obtained for her arrest, charging her with Violation of the Sex Offender Registry.

Robert John Walsh is a registered violent sex offender based upon a 2004 conviction for sexual assault. As a violent sex offender, he is required to report quarterly to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where he resides; however, he has not reported since February 2022. He was last known to reside in Kingsport; however, his address on file is no longer valid. As such, he is classified as an absconder, and a warrant has been obtained for his arrest, charging him with Violation of the Sex Offender Registry.

Their photographs and physical descriptions have been included with this release. Anyone who sees either of these two individuals, or may potentially know where either of them can 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

For additional information on these and other registered sex offenders, please visit the TBI Sex Offender Registry website at https://sor.tbi.tn.gov/ or the Kingsport Sex Offender Community Notification System website at https://KingsportSexOffenderCNS.com.

WANTED/ABSCONDED SEX OFFENDER #1 INFORMATION (IN CUSTODY)
Name Rowena H. King
Age 56 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Black
Height/

Weight

4 feet 9 inches

140 pounds

Hair/Eyes Black hair

Brown eyes

Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Convicted Offenses: Aggravated Rape and Sexual Assault (1990)

New Charge: Violation of the Sex Offender Registry

WANTED/ABSCONDED SEX OFFENDER #2 INFORMATION
Name Robert John Walsh
Age 38 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 5 inches

214 pounds

Hair/Eyes Brown hair

Hazel eyes

Residency Unknown
Charge(s) Convicted Offense: Sexual Assault (2004)

New Charge: Violation of the Sex Offender Registry

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton

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