Crime of the Week #20

May 17, 2019

HOMICIDE

It was 9:39 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2019 when Memphis Police officers from the North Main station were dispatched to check a report of a shooting in the 700 block of North Dunlap Street east of Danny Thomas just north of downtown. Officers arrived and found Rayner Smart, 39, inside a residence and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Memphis Fire Department personnel arrived and pronounced Rayner dead on the scene.

No other information was available about this homicide. Anyone who may have information that can help solve this crime is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274). All tips remain anonymous.

Crime of the Week #19

May 10, 2019

HOMICIDE

Police officers from the North Main station responded at 9:39 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2019 to a shooting report in the 700 block of North Dunlap Street in the Uptown neighborhood. Officers arrived to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Memphis Fire Department paramedics attempted to render aid but pronounced Rayner Smart dead on the scene.

A witness described hearing gunshots and seeing a vehicle speed away from the scene, screeching its tires. Anyone with information that might help investigators solve this homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #18

May 3, 2019

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers from the Raines Road Station responded to a report of a shooting at the Sterling Townhomes in the 4100 block of Rainbranch Drive, near East Raines Road and Interstate-55, at 8:41 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019. On arrival, the officers found a male suffering from a gunshot wound. Darius Griffin was pronounced dead on the scene by Memphis Fire Dept. personnel.

Detectives need help solving this murder. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #17

April 26, 2019

HOMICIDE

A report of a shooting in the 1000 block of Greenwood Street, near Elmwood Cemetery, was received by Memphis Police at 7:49 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019. Officers from the Crump station responded. At the scene they found a male victim lying in the yard of a residence. Marico Pride was suffering from gunshot wounds. Pride was pronounced dead on the scene by responding personnel from the Memphis Fire Department. Officers determined that a black Pontiac occupied by three male blacks had been seen leaving the area at the time of the shooting. It is not know if the vehicle and its occupants were involved. It’s possible the shooting may have been tied to an earlier shooting in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information that could help police solved this murder is asked to contact CrimeStoppers. The anonymous tip line is 528-CASH (2274). Tips also can be received securely by text or online email. For more information visit crimestopmem.org/tips.

Crime of the Week #16

April 19, 2019

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers stationed at Airways precinct responded to a report of a shooting at 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in the 1500 block of Cella Street, near Deadrick Avenue in the Orange Mound neighborhood. When they arrived officers located a white Jeep Cherokee and inside they found gunshot victim Justin Borta. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Memphis Fire Dept. personnel.

Anyone with information about this killing is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #15

April 12, 2019

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers stationed at the Mt. Moriah precinct responded to a shooting on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in the 3500 block of Sharpe Avenue in east Memphis. On arrival the officers found Orbelio Perez Vasquez on the ground and suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Regional One hospital where he later died.

Officers learned that two armed male black suspects stepped from a four-door gray vehicle with tinted windows, approached the victim and started shooting. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #14

April 5, 2019

HOMICIDE

Officers of the Memphis Police Department’s Tillman Station responded to a “man down” call at 7:22 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019 in the 3000 block of McAdoo in Binghampton not far from the station. When they arrived they found a male gunshot victim inside a red Toyota Camry. Renee Perez, 30, was pronounced dead on the scene by Memphis Fire Department personnel.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, by phone, (901) 528-CASH (2274), or online crimestopmem.org/tips.

Crime of the Week #13

March 29, 2019

HOMICIDE

A call was received by the Memphis Police at 5:50 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014 to assist the Memphis Fire Department with crowd control at Wellons and Glanalp, near Range Line Road in north memphis. Officers arrived to find paramedics treating gunshot victim Samuel Jackson. Jackson was transported to the hospital and later died. The death was ruled a homicide by the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s office.

Anyone with information about this 2014 cold case shooting is asked to leave a tip with CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #12

March 22, 2019

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police responded to a report of a shooting at Park Avenue and Goodman Street at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 2017, near the South Campus of the University of Memphis. Arriving officers located a black Kia Sportage with front end damage and containing three shooting victims. One man, Tadarious Tate, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others survived.

Officers learned that the three victims were shot at by occupants of a late-model white Ford Mustang with black stripes along the top center of the car. The suspects’ vehicle continued east on Park. No other information has been uncovered. Anyone with information that might help solve this crime is asked to contact CrimeStoppers. Tips can be received by phone, text or secure email. The phone number is 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #11

March 14, 2019

HOMICIDE

A report of a shooting at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 brought officers from the Memphis Police Department’s Ridgeway precinct to 4228 Eastwind Drive, the parking lot of T&A Market, near the Peppertree Apartments in Whitehaven.

At the scene the officers found Phil Patton on the ground dying from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead by arriving Memphis Fire Department personnel. Police learned that Patton was involved in a fight with a male black inside the business. The altercation continued into the parking lot where the suspect shot Patton. The man fled the scene. Anyone with information about this slaying is asked to call CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).