KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Recapture Escaped Prisoner

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Recapture Escaped Prisoner
DATE: September 19, 2018
CASE #: 18-026591 (Arrest on Warrant/Drug Charges)

18-026629 (Escape)

18-026641 (Burglary/Motor Vehicle Theft)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 18, 2018 at approximately 12:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to the parking lot of Ollie’s, located at 1151 North Eastman Road in Kingsport, to check on the welfare of an individual, later identified as John C. Autry, sleeping in the back seat of a vehicle. A subsequent warrant check on Mr. Autry revealed an outstanding warrant for Violation of Parole out of Alabama.

He was promptly arrested and transported to the Kingsport City Jail. During the booking process, a K.P.D. Corrections Officer located a small bag containing what was believed to be methamphetamine in Mr. Autry’s pocket. He was initially charged as a Fugitive from Justice as well as being in Possession of a Schedule II Drug and confined in the jail pending arraignment.

At approximately 8:15 PM that same evening, Mr. Autry was able to facilitate his escape from the Kingsport City Jail. He accomplished his escape by falsely identifying himself as another prisoner who was scheduled to be released on bond. While walking back to the office of the bonding agency with the bonding agent, Mr. Autry fled on foot. K.P.D. personnel immediately canvassed the downtown area in an attempt to locate him; however, the initial search proved unsuccessful.

At approximately 10:30 PM, Patrol Officers were called to Brixey Art Studios, located at 119 Shelby Street. The owner of the studio reported that her Chevrolet Malibu had been stolen from where it had been parked in the lot across the street from the studio. A review of surveillance video revealed that at approximately 9:30 PM, Mr. Autry had unlawfully entered the closed studio, stolen the car key from a counter, and then used it to steal the vehicle. The vehicle was recovered by K.P.D. Detectives earlier this afternoon in Johnson City.

The Kingsport Police Department had no reason to believe Mr. Autry was a danger to the public. Since his escape, K.P.D. Detectives have been following multiple leads in an attempt to apprehend him. This evening at approximately 7:30 PM, one of those leads directed Detectives to a residence in the Sevier Terrace neighborhood of Kingsport. Mr. Autry was found inside the residence and arrested without incident.

He is now back in custody in the Kingsport City Jail awaiting arraignment. In addition to his initial charges of Fugitive from Justice and Possession of a Schedule II Drug, he is now facing additional charges for Escape, Theft of Property, Identity Theft, Forgery, Burglary, Theft Under $1,000, and Theft Over $10,000.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name John C. Autry
Age Date of Birth 2/8/1974

44 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 3707 Skyland Drive

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Fugitive from Justice

2) Possession of a Schedule II Drug

3) Escape

4) Theft of Property

5) Identity Theft

6) Forgery

7) Burglary

8) Theft Under $1,000

9) Theft Over $10,000

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: I-26 Road Construction Traffic Safety Alert

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: I-26 Road Construction Traffic Safety Alert
DATE: September 17, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
All area motorists are encouraged to be aware of an ongoing road construction project affecting traffic on Interstate 26 in Kingsport. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is conducting bridge repair on the I-26 bridge over Rock Springs Road/State Route 347 (Exit 6).

This project is slated for approximately 3-6 weeks, so it could last until the end of October. Work is being conducted around the clock, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. I-26 traffic has been reduced to one lane in both directions. As such, interstate traffic will be backing up and slowed or completely stopped at times. Just this morning alone, several crashes have already been reported at this location.

Motorists should plan ahead during this project and seek an alternate route whenever possible so as to avoid unnecessary traffic congestion and delays. Motorists needing to drive through this particular area should slow down way ahead of time, pay attention, exercise caution, patience, and courtesy, avoid distractions, and obey all traffic instructions.

Again, this road construction project is being overseen by TDOT. For more information, please contact Mark Nagi with TDOT at Mark.Nagi.

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: K.P.D. Receives Top Honors at Annual THSO Lifesavers Conference

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: K.P.D. Receives Top Honors at Annual THSO Lifesavers Conference
DATE: September 17, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Representatives of the Kingsport Police Department recently traveled to Middle Tennessee to attend the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) 31st Annual Lifesavers Conference. At the conference, the winners of the 14th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge were announced. Once again, the Kingsport Police Department was awarded first place in the 101-200 officer department category. K.P.D. has earned the first place trophy 4 of the past 5 years (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018).

The Law Enforcement Challenge entry consists of a statistical compilation of all aspects of traffic safety education and enforcement conducted by a law enforcement agency over the previous year. It includes all efforts to reduce crashes, discourage impaired and distracted driving, increase seatbelt and child passenger safety seat usage, and encourage safe and responsible driving habits. The entry also documents traffic citations, checkpoints, and strategic traffic enforcement.

The Kingsport Police Department is extremely proud to have received this highly esteemed recognition, which would not have been possible without the ongoing traffic safety focused work on a daily basis by the entire department, but specifically our Traffic Unit, Patrol Division, and Crime Analyst. For making and keeping the safety of the Kingsport motoring public a top priority, their efforts are commended.

For more information on the THSO Law Enforcement Challenge, please visit the following link:

https://tntrafficsafety.org/tennessee-highway-safety-office-announces-14th-annual-law-enforcement-challenge-award-recipients

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: Applications Now Being Accepted for a Law Enforcement Career with the Kingsport Police Department

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

www.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Applications Now Being Accepted for a Law Enforcement Career with the Kingsport Police Department
DATE: September 17, 2018
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The City of Kingsport Human Resources Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. The Kingsport Police Department is hoping to hire several new officers out of this application process to fill any existing and upcoming vacancies. Applications are being accepted from September 15, 2018 until no later than October 14, 2018.

Individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be a United States citizen and either already be at least 21 years of age or be turning 21 by no later than May 1, 2019 (six months after the test date). Applicants are asked to only submit their application once, as weeding out duplicate applications hampers efficiency. All applications must be submitted online using the following link:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/Careers/Kingsport

Following the October 14th deadline, all applicants will receive a confirmation email, as well as a letter by traditional mail, containing further instructions regarding the upcoming Police Applicant Testing procedures. All applicants will undergo a series of assessments, beginning with a written examination on the morning of Thursday, November 1, 2018. The written examination will be administered at the Civic Auditorium, located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport.

While not an absolute requirement, applicants are strongly encouraged to invest in the Stanard and Associates National Police Officer Selection Test “Online POST Study Guide” and “Online POST Practice Test” to assist them in preparing for this examination. These online study aids are currently priced very reasonably at $5 and $15 respectively and are available for purchase at the following link:

https://www.ApplyToServe.com/Study

Applicants should take note that the current written examination used for Police Applicant Testing is obtained from a completely different vendor than the City of Kingsport used prior to 2018; therefore, other study guides that may have been recommended in the past and obtained and utilized by applicants to prepare for former tests taken prior to 2018 may not be applicable to the current examination.

Applicants who successfully pass the written examination will advance forward to a physical agility evaluation that same afternoon at 1:00 PM. The physical agility evaluation will consist of a timed one-mile run and a timed roughly one-quarter-mile obstacle course designed to measure fitness, strength, agility, and endurance as related to the duties of a Police Officer.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to participate in a voluntary practice physical agility evaluation and question and answer session. This session will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Domtar Park, located at 1414 Riverport Road in Kingsport. Individuals must have an application on file and sign a waiver of liability in order to be eligible to participate in this practice session.

Those applicants with the highest combined scores on the written examination and physical agility evaluation will then move forward to a series of interviews, beginning with an interview panel and ultimately an interview with the Chief of Police, to further vet the candidates and determine the final selections. The final selections will also be subject to a medical examination, psychological evaluation, and a thorough background check prior to actual hiring.

The current starting salary for Police Officer Trainee is $15.92 per hour or $33,119 annually. Applicants who are already certified law enforcement officers may be eligible for a salary adjustment to compensate for prior experience if certain criteria are met. Academy training and all essential equipment including uniforms, firearms, body armor, and duty gear are provided by the department. K.P.D. also issues take-home police cruisers to officers meeting specific residency requirements.

City of Kingsport employee benefits include direct payroll deposit; paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave; employee life insurance; optional supplemental and dependent life insurance; long-term disability; health insurance; optional dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; ICMA RC 401 retirement; and optional ICMA RC 457 retirement.

For additional information regarding the application process, please call the City of Kingsport Human Resources Department at 423-229-9401. For additional information regarding a law enforcement career at the Kingsport Police Department, please call Lieutenant Chris Tincher with the K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit at 423-343-9805.

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: Man Who Injured Two Elderly Pedestrians in July Parking Lot Crash Now Facing New Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Charges

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Man Who Injured Two Elderly Pedestrians in July Parking Lot Crash Now Facing New Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Charges
DATE: September 6, 2018
CASE #: 18-019823 Crash Report

18-019826 Crash Incident/Arrest Report

18-023539 Sexual Exploitation Incident/Arrest Report

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On July 7, 2018, Skylar Hawk Sexton was arrested for 1) Reckless Aggravated Assault (2 counts), 2) Driving Under the Influence, and 3) Failure to Maintain Control of a Motor Vehicle as a result of his role in a Colonial Heights parking lot crash that seriously injured two elderly pedestrians. During that crash investigation, Mr. Sexton had openly acknowledged that he had been utilizing his cell phone at the time of the crash.

As a result of that revelation, Crash Investigators from the K.P.D. Traffic Unit obtained a search warrant for an electronic forensic examination of Mr. Sexton’s cell phone for evidence of use at the time of the crash. During that examination, Detectives from the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division discovered several images of children, under the age of 18, in various stages of undress on Mr. Sexton’s cell phone.

Based upon this new-found evidence, Detectives conducted a parallel inquiry into Mr. Sexton’s possession of child pornography. After further investigation, to include an interview with Mr. Sexton, K.P.D. Detectives presented their findings to a Sullivan County Grand Jury, which subsequently returned a true bill of indictment for 14 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

On August 31, 2018, a capias was issued for Mr. Sexton’s arrest. On September 6, 2018, Mr. Sexton was arrested at his Jonesborough residence by the Washington County, TN Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he will remain confined, pending arraignment, in lieu of an additional $10,000 bond as specified on the capias.

As previously released:

On July 7, 2018 at approximately 3:00 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision that had occurred in the parking lot of a shopping center, located in the 4300 block of Fort Henry Drive, in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport. Due to the severity of injuries sustained by two elderly pedestrians, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was called to the scene. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by Skylar Hawk Sexton, was traveling along Fort Henry Drive and made a right turn into the shopping center parking lot. Mr. Sexton is believed to have been unfamiliar with the area and was following directions given by the GPS on his cellular telephone. As he entered the parking lot, he became confused, jumped a curb, lost control, and depressed the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal.

Mr. Sexton’s pickup first struck a 2001 Jeep Wrangler (legally parked and unoccupied). His vehicle continued across the parking lot, jumped two more curbs, and struck a second vehicle, a 2004 Kia Sorrento (legally parked and unoccupied), knocking it into the H&R Block business at 4307 Fort Henry Drive. Two elderly pedestrians (80 year old male and 88 year old female), who had been standing next to the Kia, were struck and seriously injured in the process.

Mr. Sexton’s vehicle continued on and struck a third vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe (legally parked and unoccupied), before finally coming to a stop. The two pedestrians were transported by Sullivan County EMS to an area medial facility for emergency medical treatment and currently remain hospitalized. The man appears to have sustained a broken hip while the woman is believed to have sustained a head injury.

After extensive further investigation, to include crash reconstruction analysis, field sobriety testing, and interviews, Mr. Sexton was arrested and charged with 1) Reckless Aggravated Assault (2 counts), 2) Driving Under the Influence, and 3) Failure to Maintain Control of a Motor Vehicle. He was booked into the Kingsport City Jail, but was later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville. He has since been released after posting a $31,000 bond.

As this remains an open and active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit, no additional details will be released at this time.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Skylar Hawk Sexton
Age Date of Birth 7/2/1994

24 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 135 Dogwood Village Road

Jonesborough, TN

Charge(s) Original Charges:

1) Reckless Aggravated Assault (2 counts)

2) Driving Under the Influence

3) Failure to Maintain Control of a Motor Vehicle

New Charges:

1) Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (14 Counts)

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 Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Lynn Garden Drive

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Lynn Garden Drive
DATE: September 2, 2018
CASE #: 18-025050
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 31, 2018 at approximately 10:45 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision on Lynn Garden Drive at Truxton Drive in Kingsport. The resultant investigation revealed the following:

A 1994 red Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Michael K. Marcum, was southbound on Lynn Garden Drive preparing to make a left turn to Truxton Drive. A 1998 green Honda Civic 4-door compact sedan, driven by Betty A. Davis, was northbound on Lynn Garden Drive approaching Truxton Drive.

Mr. Marcum failed to yield the right-of-way and turned his Ford into the path of the Honda resulting in an angular front-end impact.

Mr. Marcum was not injured in the crash. Ms. Davis and her passenger, Phyllis J. Long, both sustained incapacitating injuries necessitating E.M.S. transport to a local hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, Ms. Long succumbed to her injuries and died after her arrival at the hospital.

This crash remains under open and active investigation with charges pending. As such, no further information can or will be released at this time.

COLLISION VEHICLE #1 INFORMATION
Make Ford
Model F-150
Year 1994
Type Full-size Pickup
Color Red
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Michael K. Marcum
Age 26 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries No Injury
COLLISION VEHICLE #2 INFORMATION
Make Honda
Model Civic
Year 1998
Type 4-door Compact Sedan
Color Green
Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Betty A. Davis
Age 62 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/Black
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Incapacitating Injuries
Passenger Name Phyllis J. Long
Age 75 Years of Age
Gender/Race Female/White
Residency Kingsport, TN
Injuries Fatal
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 Man (Update)

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

http://Police.KingsportTN.govwww.KingsportPDBlog.com

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Attempting to Locate Missing Man (Update)
DATE: September 1, 2018
CASE #: 18-024858
GENERAL NARRATIVE
Update: On the evening of August 31, 2018, the Kingsport Police Department was officially notified that Hunter D. Engle had presented himself to law enforcement authorities in a neighboring jurisdiction, verifying that he was safe and sound. He was subsequently removed from the NCIC database, and is no longer considered a missing person.

As previously released:

On August 29, 2018 at approximately 3:00 PM, Hunter D. Engle was reported as a missing person to the Kingsport Police Department by his grandmother. She stated that she had not seen or heard from him for several months.

While there is currently no specific reason to believe he is in imminent danger, his grandmother did share some factors from his personal history that lead her to be concerned for his overall welfare. As such, he has been entered into the NCIC database as a missing person.

He is a 24 year old white male adult, with brown hair and brown eyes, standing 5 feet 10 inches in height and weighing 155 pounds. A photograph of Mr. Engle is included in this release.

Anyone who knows his current whereabouts, or who may be able to provide any information to help locate 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:

https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/police-department/contact-us

MISSING PERSON INFORMATION
Name Hunter D. Engle
Age 24 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Height/

Weight

5 feet 10 inches

155 pounds

Hair/

Eyes

Brown hair

Brown eyes

Residency Homeless,

Kingsport, TN

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton