KPD e-News Release: Detectives Attempting to Identify Suspected Couple in Fraudulent Use of Multiple Cloned Debit Cards

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Attempting to Identify Suspected Couple in Fraudulent Use of Multiple Cloned Debit Cards
DATE: September 26, 2017
CASE #: 17-025675 (West Stone Drive Walmart on 9/18/2017)

17-025726 (Fort Henry Drive Walmart on 9/17/2017)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
Kingsport Police Detectives are attempting to identify a suspected couple in at least two cases involving the fraudulent use of multiple cloned debit cards.

One of these incidents occurred on September 17, 2017 at approximately 8:00 PM at Walmart, located at 3200 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The suspected couple (white male adult and white female adult) arrived together in a compact black sport utility vehicle. There was a bicycle mounted on a rack affixed to the rear of the vehicle.

The couple exited the vehicle and entered the store together. Once inside, the couple mysteriously split up and later suspiciously exited the store separately. While inside the store, the male suspect can be seen on video attempting to use several different credit/debit cards at a self-checkout lane. He was able to make at least one fraudulent purchase for over $200 using what has been determined to be a cloned debit card.

Another incident involving this same couple occurred the following day, September 18, 2017, at another Kingsport Walmart store, located at 2500 West Stone Drive. In this second incident, the exact same couple arrived at the store in two separate vehicles. The male suspect was in the aforementioned compact black SUV with bike rack, while the female suspect was in a full-size white sport utility vehicle.

The couple exited their separate vehicles but met in the parking lot and entered the store together. While inside the store, they made a fraudulent purchase of $150 using what has been determined to be a completely different cloned debit card.

In each of these incidents, the original authentic card was still in the possession of the respective victim. Both victims reportedly found additional fraudulent charges on their cards that were made outside of K.P.D. jurisdiction that are being investigated by other law enforcement agencies.

Photos of these suspects, taken from surveillance video footage, entering together and leaving separately, have been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes either or both of them or the descriptions of either of the two vehicles is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

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KPD e-News Release: Suspect Sought in $40,000 Advanced Homecare Burglary

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspect Sought in $40,000 Advanced Homecare Burglary
DATE: September 25, 2017
CASE #: 17-025684
GENERAL NARRATIVE
In the wee hours of September 18, 2017 a white male suspect burglarized Advanced Homecare, located at 105 Jack White Drive in Kingsport. Over $40,000 in medical equipment was reportedly stolen during the burglary.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video during the crime, and a photo taken from that footage has been include in this release. Two clips of the actual video have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:

https://youtu.be/J5DkE5WEIds

https://youtu.be/kUSqBUNi_ao

Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division by calling 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

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: Detectives Attempting to Identify Cloned Debit Card Suspect

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Detectives Attempting to Identify Cloned Debit Card Suspect
DATE: September 25, 2017
CASE #: 17-023556
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 29, 2017 a black male suspect made a fraudulent debit card transaction for a purchase of nearly $200 at the Roadrunner Market, located at 1312 South John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport. At the time of the transaction, the actual original card was still in the possession of the victim, so this is evidently another case involving the cloning of a debit card.

The suspect was captured on video inside the store during the transaction, as well as while leaving the store and getting into a black sport utility vehicle. Photos, taken from that footage, of both the suspect and the vehicle have been included in this release. Two clips from that video have also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:

https://youtu.be/MSI30T11wGg

https://youtu.be/KyQ77d6pErw

Anyone who recognizes this man or the black SUV is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division by calling 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

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: Armed Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges After He Set Ballis Tourist Home on Fire

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Armed Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges After He Set Ballis Tourist Home on Fire
DATE: September 20, 2017
CASE #: 17-025942
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On September 20, 2017 at approximately 2:00 PM, personnel from the Kingsport Police and Fire Departments responded to the Ballis Tourist Home, located at 310 West Sullivan Street in Kingsport, in reference to a possible arson committed by an armed man.

Information received and relayed by Central Dispatch, and later confirmed by responding officers, stated that the suspect, later identified as Ronald Lynn Hudson, had entered the structure and threatened to stab multiple residents with a knife. He had then kicked open the door to an apartment not his own, ransacked the room, broken a window, barricaded himself inside, and set the room on fire.

Upon arrival of K.P.D. and K.F.D. personnel, most of the tenants had already vacated the building; however, the few that remained were safely evacuated. The first responding Kingsport Police Officer approached the apartment in question. One of the tenants had already kicked the door back open and had tried unsuccessfully to encourage Mr. Hudson to come out.

The officer observed Mr. Hudson inside the burning room with knife in hand. He ordered him at gunpoint to drop the knife and exit the room. Mr. Hudson refused numerous commands to drop the knife and initially advanced upon the officer; however, he suddenly retreated back inside the burning apartment.

Backup officers arrived, and additional commands were given for him to exit the apartment without the knife. He eventually complied and was arrested without further incident. The fire was successfully extinguished soon thereafter by K.F.D. Firefighters before it was able to spread to other apartments.

Mr. Hudson was charged with Aggravated Burglary, Multiple Counts of Aggravated Assault, Attempted Aggravated Arson, and Felony Vandalism over $1,000. He was initially confined in the Kingsport City Jail, but has since been transferred to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville. At his arraignment, his bond was set at $50,000 by the presiding judge. He currently remains incarcerated.

Mr. Hudson’s precise motive for this bizarre incident is unknown. The Kingsport Police Department wishes to commend both the Police and Fire first responders who exercised extreme courage, sound judgement, maximum restraint, and decisive action to bring this situation to a peaceful resolution with neither injury nor loss of life to anyone involved.

SUSPECT INFORMATION
Name Ronald Lynn Hudson
Age Date of Birth 4/24/1967

50 Years of Age

Gender/Race Male/White
Residency 100 Pennsylvania Avenue

Kingsport, TN

Charge(s) 1) Aggravated Burglary

2) Aggravated Assault (Multiple Counts)

3) Attempted Aggravated Arson

4) Felony Vandalism over $1,000

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: Suspects Identity Sought in Cloned Debit Card Case

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Suspects Identity Sought in Cloned Debit Card Case
DATE: September 20, 2017
CASE #: 17-023167
GENERAL NARRATIVE
On August 28, 2017 a Johnson City resident filed a report with the Kingsport Police Department concerning fraudulent charges on her debit card. Further investigation revealed that three charges, for a total of over $350, had been made two days earlier on August 26, 2017 at two separate locations inside the City of Kingsport.

One of these locations was West Kingsport Package Store, located at 2217 West Stone Drive, while the other location was Intimate Treasures, located at 846 Bloomingdale Pike. The original debit card was still in the possession of the victim, so this is evidently a case of her debit card being fraudulently cloned.

Two black male adult suspects were captured on video surveillance footage during the transaction at Intimate Treasures. A photo of the suspects, taken from that footage, has been included in this release. A clip of the actual video has also been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

https://youtu.be/N4ixNICUmEE

Anyone who recognizes either of these men is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division by calling 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

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: Local Entrepreneur Donates Unique Dog Training Aid to K.P.D. K-9 Unit

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

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

NEWS RELEASE
SUBJECT: Local Entrepreneur Donates Unique Dog Training Aid to K.P.D. K-9 Unit
DATE: September 20, 2017
GENERAL NARRATIVE
The Kingsport Police Department was recently contacted by a local entrepreneur and small business owner with a very generous offer. Russ Hubbard, President and Founder of Per Vivo Labs, offered to donate a unique dog training aid that he had recently developed to the K.P.D. K-9 Unit.

The training aid in question goes by the trade name Odor Trace and is known as a Mixed Odor Delivery Device, or MODD for short. The MODD was initially designed to mix the various odors of modern homemade improvised explosives for bomb detection K-9 training purposes, without actually mixing the chemical components themselves.

Keeping the chemical components physically separate and combining only the odors makes for a much safer training aid that is much less volatile and therefore much less prone to tragedy that could occur from an unintended detonation of an explosive training aid. The MODD is expected to sell in the neighborhood of $500.

As a United States Military veteran, Hubbard knows quite well the results of such an accident. He served in the U.S. Army from 2005-2012. In 2010, he was fortunately able to walk away relatively unscathed when a truck in which he was riding hit a roadside I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Device). However, shortly after he left the military, the unit to which he was previously assigned lost some individuals after an explosive K-9 training aid unexpectedly detonated.

This is not the first product that Hubbard has developed that has direct ties to his former military service. Another of his products that goes by the trade name Polar Skin, was developed for the treatment of heat stroke and was initially designed for soldiers working in the extreme temperatures of the Middle East. Since its initial success with the military, Polar Skin has also found favor with civilian firefighters, smoke jumpers, law enforcement personnel, and athletes.

Hubbard is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and West Virginia University. Per Vivo Labs is located at 2042 Brookside Lane in Kingsport. Their current customer list includes the United States Department of Defense, other federal, state, and local government agencies, some private entities, and a few foreign governments.

The Kingsport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Mr. Hubbard for his service and for this generous donation that he has made to our K-9 Unit.

For additional information about Per Vivo Labs, please visit the following links:

http://www.pervivolabs.com/

http://www.timesnews.net/Business/2017/05/31/Training-bomb-sniffing-dogs.html?ci=stream&lp=1&p=1

Pictured left to right above: Officer David Johnson with K-9 Nim, Officer Billy Boyd with K-9 Reko, Russ Hubbard, Sgt. Kevin Hite with K-9 Charlee, and Officer Caleb Clawson with K-9 Kylo
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. Searching for Suspect Who Used Stolen Credit Card and Checks From Residential Burglary

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. Searching for Suspect Who Used Stolen Credit Card and Checks From Residential Burglary
DATE: September 19, 2017
CASE #: 17-021214 (Burglary)

17-023291 (Fraudulent Use of Stolen Credit Card)

17-024981 (Fraudulent Passing of Stolen Checks)

GENERAL NARRATIVE
On the morning of August 13, 2017, a homeowner on Cliffside Road in Kingsport reported a residential burglary that had occurred the night before, during which a safe was stolen. The safe contained various and assorted valuables to include guns, jewelry, her checkbook, and a significant quantity of cash and coins.

The victim’s checking account was immediately closed. However, also in the safe when it was stolen was a credit card that she rarely used and did not initially realize was missing.

On August 29, 2017, the victim received her credit card statement and found four unauthorized charges, for a total of over $2,700, made fraudulently at Home Depot between August 13 and 19, 2017.

On September 11, 2017, the victim received notification from her bank that six of her checks were passed, for a total value in excess of $1,000, at Walmart between August 16 and 20, 2017.

Further investigation by Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division turned up surveillance video footage of a sole white male adult suspect, not only making the charges at Home Depot, but also passing the checks at Walmart.

A photo of that suspect taken from some of that footage has been included in this release. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact Detectives by calling 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

RELEASING OFFICER
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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

ThomasMPatton