Crime of the Week #24

July 30, 2021

HOMICIDE

It was 8:10 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020 that Memphis Police officers at the Ridgeway Station responded to a call about a shooting in the 6800 block of Kirby Mills Cove in the Hickory Hills area. Inside a home the officers found two victims, Ashlynn Luckett, six years old, and LeQuan Boyd, 16.

The two had been shot in their own home in a drive-by shooting. Both were transported to hospitals but did not survive their injuries. Witnesses described a dark-colored SUV from which numerous gunshots were fired.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274). An award of $2,000 is available. An additional award has been posted by the FBI.

Crime of the Week #23

July 23, 2021

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police Officers stationed at the Tillman precinct responded to a call about a shooting in the 500 block of Belt Line Street, just east of Hollywood Street. It was 2:35 a.m., December 12, 2020.

The officers arrived to find two shooting victims, Travious Hawthorne and Alexander Stewart. They were inside a gray 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. Memphis Fire Dept. personnel arrived and pronounced the two men dead. Both had been hit by multiple bullets. Officers learned that a male wearing black clothing and a mask was seen running south on Belt Line toward Felix Avenue right after the shootings.

Anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation should contact CrimeStoppers anonymously by calling 528-CASH (2274). An award of $2,000 is available in this murder case for information that helps bring about an arrest.

Crime of the Week #22

July 9, 2021

HOMICIDE

The normal holiday bombardment of firecrackers was just getting under way when Memphis Police Officers were dispatched to the EZ Express Gas Station at 2380 Frayser Blvd. near the intersection with Mountain Terrace Street in Frayser at 8:49 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021 on a report of a shooting.

At the scene they found a man lying in the doorway and suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, Ali Al Saedy, 52, was pronounced dead.

Officers learned that Al Saedy had been sweeping the parking lot when a white vehicle drove by and a shot rang. He grabbed his chest and stumbled to the door of the business where he collapsed.

Anyone with information on this murder could help bring justice by calling CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274). Or go online to learn how to text or email a tip anonymously: crimestopmem.org/tips.

Crime of the Week #21

June 25, 2021

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers at the Austin Peay Station were dispatched to a gas station at 4311 New Allen Road in north Memphis to check on a call about a shooting. It was 9 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021. When they arrived, the officers discovered a shooting victim in front of the store. The victim, a man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers learned the man had just arrived at the store with his young son when three males approached and fired multiple shots. The small boy barely escaped the flying bullets and the suspects fled the scene in a red Dodge pickup truck which later was recovered.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274). An award of $2,000 is available for information that helps bring about an arrest in this case.

Crime of the Week #20

June 18, 2021

HOMICIDE

Two teenagers were sitting in an parked car in the 3800 block of Masterson Street east of T.O. Fuller State Park in south Memphis on Sunday, May 2, 2021. It was about 6:10 p.m. when a black four-door sedan approached and shots were fired. Both 15-year-old boys were struck.

Memphis Police officers responding to a report of shots fired arrived from the Raines Station and located the teens. One — Ja’Kobe White — was pronounced dead at the scene. The second boy was injured. A witness told police two adult black males did the shooting. A nearby surveillance video captured frames of the suspects’ vehicle.

Anyone with information pertaining to this ongoing murder investigation is asked to come forward by contacting CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

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 #18

June 4, 2021

HOMICIDE

Gunshots were heard by residents of an apartment building in the 5900 block of Hickory Meadow Lane, near Hickory Hill Road in southeast Memphis, about 10 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Calls were made to the Memphis Police at Ridgeway Station and officers were quickly dispatched. At the scene minutes later they found a gunshot victim lying just inside his apartment.

Darian Coburn was dead. Witnesses who heard the shots say they saw a red car speeding away moments later.

More information is needed by detectives in this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

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).

Crime of the Week #16

May 21, 2021

HOMICIDE

It was just short of midnight Sunday, June 21, 2020 when Memphis Police officers from the Raines Station answered a shooting report in the vicinity of West Mitchell and West Horn Lake roads in Whitehaven. The officers already had been checking the area about an accident report when a second call reported a vehicle had struck a home in the 1300 block of West Horn Lake.

They arrived to find an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat of a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis. The victim, identified as Lazarus Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been shot.

Anyone with information on this homicide is urged to contact CrimeStoppers by call or text, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #14

April 30, 2021

HOMICIDE

A shooting report brought North Main station officers to Peabody Place at Main Street in downtown Memphis at 9:48 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021. There officers found Dylan Lovell, who was suffering from a gunshot wound. Lovell was transported to Regional One hospital where he later died.

Officers learned that Lovell was riding eastbound on Beale Street near Main in a 1987 red Chevrolet Monte Carlo in heavy traffic. A suspect wearing a white hoody, light blue slacks and face mask approached the passenger side of the vehicle on foot and yelled, “Drop it off.”

As the car tried to drive away around other cars, the suspect fired a gun into the car, hitting Lovell. The suspect fled the scene. The investigation continues. Detectives hope these photos will help someone recognize the shooter.

Contact CrimeStoppers by calling or texting 528-CASH (2274).