Crime of the Week #24

July 22, 2022

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
It was just after midnight on Thursday, July 26, 2012 when neighbors heard what sounded like shots coming from a house at 65 East Yates Road, south of Walnut Grove Road in east Memphis. Then they heard the sound of a vehicle speeding away.

When Memphis Police Officers arrived shortly after, they discovered the bodies of two men inside the residence. Anthony Conte, 26, and Robert Schmidt, 30, had both died of gunshot wounds.

Based on evidence found at the scene, MPD Homicide Bureau investigators believe the men were killed during a robbery. The case now is being worked by the Cold Case Unit, and detectives are asking the public’s help on the double murder.

Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call the Cold Case Hotline, (901) 636-2653, or to call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274). CrimeStoppers has an extraordinary award available of $10,000. When combined with the $2,000 usually available in all homicide cases, a total of $12,000 can be paid to someone for help that leads to an arrest.

Crime of the Week #21

June 17, 2022

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
A report of a shooting brought Memphis Police officers to the “Always On” heating and air conditioning company building at 2129 E. Person Avenue, just off Lamar Avenue in the Orange Mound neighborhood. It was high noon on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

When they arrived they found the business’s owner, Steve Guidry, 67, on the floor near his office. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene. Homicide detectives learned that a tan-colored SUV was seen on the property just before the murder occurred, and a blue four-door Chevrolet Impala or Malibu was seen leaving the property about the time of the shooting.

The Cold Case Unit of the Memphis Police Department is asking for the public’s help. Any witness to the shooting, or anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274) to report anonymously.

Crime of the Week #20

June 8, 2022

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Firefighters with the Memphis Fire Department responded to a grass fire on what was then YMV Road, north of Fields Road and near Hicky Street in southwest Memphis. It was about 8 p.m. on October 16, 1974 — 47 years ago. As they worked to put out the fire they discovered a human body beneath a pile of burning debris.

The Memphis Police Department responded to a call from the Fire Department at 8:40 that night. The body later was identified as that of Gloria P. Johnson. The 19-year-old woman had been reported missing 10 days earlier. Cause of death was by multiple stab wounds, the Shelby County Medical Examiner ruled. She may have been killed and her body dumped in the field.

The Memphis Police Department’s Cold Case Unit is actively investigating this unsolved homicide case and is asking for the public’s help. The family has posted a new $10,000 extra award with CrimeStoppers in the case, making a total of $12,000 the amount available to someone who provides information that helps police make an arrest.

Anyone with information — it might be a witness from 1974 or someone who has heard information on this crime since then — is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH. A call is always anonymous and callers will be given a secret code.

Crime of the Week #19

June 3, 2022

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Army Sergeant Calvin Wilhite Jr. and his fiance were leaving Beale Street and walking on S. Fourth Street just past the FedEx Forum on the night of Sunday, May 24, 2015 when Wilhite got into a short verbal altercation with two males who had pulled up alongside them in a vehicle. The couple, attempting to avoid further confrontation, crossed the street.

But the driver of the vehicle urged Wilhite back into the street and when he did so a passenger opened fire with a gun.

The vehicle, a greenish-gray four-door Chrysler Sebring, fled the scene, heading southbound across Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Wilhite was transported to Regional One Hospital where he later died of his gunshot injuries. His death was ruled a homicide by the Shelby County Medical Examiner.

Descriptions were obtained of the two suspects. The driver was described as a black male between 22 and 25 years old, with light complexion, hazel eyes and a high fade with curls on top. The passenger was a black male with dark complexion and chubby face. He also was between 22 and 25 years of age and had a fade hair style.

A special $20,000 award is available in this ongoing murder case for information leading to the arrest of one or more suspects. Anyone with helpful information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #15

May 13, 2022

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
It was 7:17 on Christmas night, December 25, 2019, when officers assigned to the Austin Peay Memphis Police station were sent to check out a shooting at Tessland Road and Hawkins Mill.

When they arrived they found an unresponsive man who had been shot sitting in a Volkswagon. Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics rushed Deron Davis to Regional One Hospital in critical condition. He later died.

The officers learned that Davis had driven to a nearby store after celebrating the holiday with his family. His wife reported his phone called hers but all she could hear was music playing.

Anyone with information on this murder is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #11

April 1, 2022

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers assigned to the city’s Airways Station were on routine patrol Sunday, February 27, 2022 when they heard a gunshot at 8:53 p.m. coming from the area of the Astro Airways Apartments at 2355 Pendleton. They drove into the complex but didn’t find anything or anyone.

Minutes later, however, they were dispatched to nearby Lamar and Semmes where an ambulance had been flagged down and paramedics were treating a gunshot victim. Romone Brooks had received a gunshot wound to his chest. He had been in the apartment complex when he was shot and somehow made his way to the intersection.

Brooks was transported to Regional One Hospital. There he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information in this ongoing homicide investigation is urged to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #10

February 18, 2022

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Memphis Police officers responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment at 109 N. Belvedere in Midtown about 10 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2009. On arrival they located a shooting victim, who was transported to The Med (now Regional One Hospital) where he died.

The man, Fate Coaty, 36, apparently was shot during a robbery or burglary. Witnesses provided descriptions of two suspects in 2009.

Suspect number 1 was a black male, five foot nine to 11 inches tall, weighing 175 to 180 pounds, with a medium build and dark complexion. Suspect number 2 was described as a black male, six feet tall and with a dark complexion.

The suspects took a DVD or VCR player from the victim’s apartment and left the scene in a burgundy or red 4-door Ford Taurus. The vehicle had been loaned to Coaty by a friend.

Detectives need help identifying and arresting the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #8

March 11, 2022

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
A call came to the Memphis Police Department at 4:14 a.m. Saturday March 6, 2021 about a shooting. Officers assigned to the Appling Farms Station responded to a business at 5280 Elmore Road near Raleigh-LaGrange Road.

In the parking lot of the Beast Deal Automotive Repair shop they found a victim lying on the pavement. The man, later identified as Gerald Stewart, had been shot several times. Stewart, the owner of the business, was transported to Regional One Hospital but didn’t survive his injuries.

In the initial stages of the investigation of this murder detectives discovered that Stewart had received notifications on his phone from his business’s security alarm. He drove to the shop and encountered suspects on the property who then shot Stewart and fled in a mid-sized white sedan.

Anyone with information on this year-old homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274) for a possible cash award.

Crime of the Week #6

February 25, 2022

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Memphis Police received a report at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday March 2, 2021 of a woman found dead inside a residence on Pendleton Street near Lamar Avenue in south Memphis.

Officers arrived to find the body of Lamonica Myers, 20, inside the home. She had been severely beaten. The Medical Examiner soon ruled her death a homicide. Myers had two small children.

Investigators need the public’s help solving this murder case. Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #38

December 17, 2021

Attempted Carjacking

A Cold Case
It was about 8 p.m. on Friday November 22, 2019 when Memphis Police Department officers from the North Main Station responded to a reported shooting in the Medical District near the intersection of Dunlap Street and Poplar Avenue.

Officers soon learned that an adult female shooting victim drove herself to Le Bonheur Hospital’s Emergency Room after an attempted carjacking by two men who fled on foot after a brief struggle. The victim was stabilized and transferred to Regional One in critical condition. The woman was leaving work and was approaching her parked car when the crime occurred. The suspects ran northbound on Dunlap, then west on Mosby, and again north on Leath Street toward Peach Avenue. Police described the men this way:

Suspect One is a male black, five-six to five-eight inches tall, with light complexion and freckles. He was wearing a dark hooded jacket, dark shoes and was armed with a silver handgun.

Suspect Two is a male black, five-eight to five-ten inches tall. He wore a dark hooded jacket, light-colored pants and shoes.