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.

Crime of the Week #37

November 24, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
A car crash report brought Memphis Police officers to a site near the intersection of Aden Street and Willow Wood Avenue in the Alta Vista neighborhood of north Memphis at 5:40 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2018. In a ditch they spotted an Infinity sedan. In the car was Jeremy Webster, 30.

Webster had been shot, apparently the night before, December 20, and was taken to the hospital where he later died of his injuries. Homicide detectives need any witness — or anyone who has information about this murder — to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #25

August 6, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
It was just after midnight Thursday, July 26, 2012 when Memphis Police were called to a shooting at 65 East Yates Road. Inside the residence, officers found the bodies of Anthony Conte, 26, and Robert Schmidt, 30. Both men had died of gunshot wounds.

Based on evidence at the scene, the MPD Homicide Bureau’s investigators believe the men were killed during a robbery. After hearing gunshots, witnesses described hearing a vehicle speeding away from the scene.

MPD Cold Case detectives are asking that witnesses call the Cold Case Hotline, 636-2653 and leave a message. An investigator will return the call as soon as possible. Even the smallest bit of information could be crucial to solving this double murder.

Anyone who has heard of any information about this crime and wishes to remain anonymous is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274), or by secure text or email, found at crimestopmem.org. CrimeStoppers has an award of $12,000 available in this case.

Crime of the Week #19

June 4, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
It was 10:39 at night on Friday, June 7, 2019 when officers from the Memphis Police Department’s Tillman Station responded to a call about a shooting in the 100 block of East Parkway North.

A shooting victim, Glen Cofield, and his wife had parked their silver Lexus SUV on a church parking lot near Poplar Avenue earlier that evening. They walked to a party at a nearby house. When the couple walked back to their vehicle later she entered on the driver’s side and her husband walked to the passenger side of the car.

At this point he was confronted by an unknown male wearing a dark-colored hoodie. The victim’s wife heard an argument and then a shot. Cofield fell to the ground. Two dark-colored vehicles immediately exited the parking lot and headed east on Poplar.

One vehicle may have been red. Cofield’s wife got out of the car and went to her husband who had suffered a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

This is an ongoing investigation. Detectives need someone with knowledge about this homicide to step forward. Anyone with information can contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274) and become eligible for an award.

Crime of the Week #17

May 21, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
U.S. Army Sgt. Calvin Wilhite Jr. was walking on South Fourth Street the night of Sunday, May 24, 2015 after a visit to the Historic Beale Street District with his fiance. They had just passed the FedEx Forum when he became involved in an argument with two males in a vehicle that pulled up beside them.

To avoid a continued confrontation, the couple crossed the street, but the vehicle’s driver urged Wilhite back into the street. When he stepped toward the car a passenger in the vehicle opened fire. The vehicle fled the scene, headed southbound on S. Fourth. and across Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Wilhite was taken to Regional One hospital where he later died of his injuries. The Shelby County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. The driver was described as a black male, about 22 to 25 years old, of light complexion with hazel eyes and a high fade haircut with curls on top. The passenger who fired was described as a black male, with the same age range, medium to dark complexion, a chubby face and a fade hair style. The vehicle was described as a greenish gray color 4-door Chrysler Sebring.

Special award money has been raised in this case so that a total of $20,000 award is possible to anyone with information that helps lead to an arrest. Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers by call or text to 528-CASH (2274).