Crime of the Week #31

September 16, 2022

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police received a call from neighbors of a house in the 1500 block of Kansas Street, south of downtown, early the morning of Wednesday, September 7, 2022. They said they hadn’t seen their neighbor for several days and now were detecting a foul order coming from the residence.

Airways Station officers arrived at 1:20 a.m. and entered the house to find the body of Melanie Jones. She had been dead several days.

Detectives completed an investigation at the scene and then transported the body to the Tennessee Regional Forensic Center for an autopsy. Investigators subsequently learned that Jones’ death is a homicide.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this crime should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #30

September 1, 2022

HOMICIDE

At the report of a shooting, Memphis Police officers assigned to the Austin Peay Station were dispatched to the intersection of Kerwin Drive and Battlefield Drive in the Raleigh area of the city at 11:50 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2022.

When they arrived officers located Terry Henderson Jr. He was lying in the roadway, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Memphis Fire Department paramedics arrived and pronounced Henderson dead on the scene.

Police determined that during an apparent carjacking of his silver Nissan Maxima, Henderson was shot. His car was found the next day at Oberle Road and Glasgow Street just outside the Breezy Point Apartments.

Someone may know more details about this murder or have information on who dropped off the victim’s car. Anyone with information who contacts CrimeStoppers and helps solve this case can earn up to $10,000 because a special cash award of $8,000 has been posted in this crime. Every call to 528-CASH (2274) is anonymous.

Crime of the Week #29

August 29, 2022

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police got a call about a shooting on Interstate-240 north at the northbound exit for Norris Road (Exit 26) at 8 a.m. Sunday, August 21, 2022. When Airways Station officers arrived they located a white four-door 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck on the rap with several victims inside.

One man, Ragan Martin, 26, was seriously injured by a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Officers learned that occupants in a black sedan had opened fire on the pickup. Real Time Crime Center officers located a Tennessee Department of Transportation video of shootings between two vehicles that began near Mt. Moriah and continued on the expressway.

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

Crime of the Week #28

August 17, 2022

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers assigned to the Crump precinct were dispatched to check out a shooting report at 9:06 p.m. Saturday, August 13, 2022 in the 2800 block of Chelsea Avenue, an industrial strip. They arrived at the edge of the Berclair neighborhood of north Memphis to find a maroon 2014 Chevrolet Corvette had been knocked off the road after colliding with a train.

Inside the Corvette they found Marcus Allen, 33. He was in the driver’s seat. He had been shot several times. Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics pronounced Allen dead at the scene.

A witness who called police told officers the Corvette had been stopped by the northbound train and was waiting to cross the tracks when a white sedan — possibly a Chevrolet Covalt — pulled alongside the driver’s side. Occupants then opened fire on the victim. The suspects’ vehicle made a sudden U-turn and fled west on Chelsea.

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

Crime of the Week #27

August 11, 2022

HOMICIDE

A shots fired report brought Memphis Police officers assigned to the Mt Moriah station to the 4000 block of Willowview Avenue in southeast Memphis. It was 12:53 a.m. August 5, 2022 as officers arrived and located a shooting victim.

Juan Marcos Garcia was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2002 Honda Accord. He was unresponsive and had a gunshot wound to his left shoulder at the collarbone. Memphis Fire Department paramedics declared Garcia dead at the scene at 1:06 a.m.

Officers found a bullet hole in the driver’s side door window. A second person who was uninjured stated he was in the passenger seat of the Honda and they were traveling eastbound when he heard two shots and saw two men standing on the north side of the road.

Garcia was able to stop the car before he fell unconscious.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help solving this murder. Anyone who saw or heard information about this crime is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #26

August 5, 2022

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers assigned to the Crump Station responded to a home invasion report on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

They arrived at 674 Hawthorne Street in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown Memphis. There officers found Beau Grauer on the floor of the den. He had a gunshot wound to his face.

Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics arrived within minutes and pronounced Grauer dead. Detectives in this ongoing murder investigation need the public’s help. Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #25

July 28, 2022

HOMICIDE

It was in the middle of a Sunday afternoon — 2 p.m. November 1, 2021 to be exact — when shots rang out in the 1100 block of Bradley Street, near Barron Avenue in the Orange Mound neighborhood. A man had been seen getting out of a car, talking to a pedestrian and then shooting him.

Memphis Police officers assigned to the Airways station were dispatched. They arrived and found Desmond Rogers lying in the street in front of a house on Bradley. The man was suffering from gunshot wounds. Rogers was transported to Regional One Hospital in critical condition. He died of his injuries soon after arriving.

A suspect was seen emerging from a black sedan and shooting Rogers. Detectives need more information in this murder. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

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 #23

July 15, 2022

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers assigned to the Mt. Moriah station responded to a shooting call at 3630 Pearson Road, in a neighborhood between Lamar Avenue and American Way, at 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2022.

The address was on a dead-end street.

In front of a small house on the street officers located a shooing victim inside a red Toyota Corolla. The man, Justin Spriggs, was unresponsive. Paramedics arrived and pronounced Spriggs dead.

Detectives need help solving this crime. Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #22

June 30, 2022

HOMICIDE

The time was 8:30 p.m. on July 4, 2021 when Memphis Police officers responded to a shooting report at the EZ Express in the 2300 block of Frayser Boulevard in the Frayser neighborhood of north Memphis.

On arrival they found store employee Ali Al Saedy. He had been shot and soon was pronounced dead at the scene. He was found outside the store.

The shooter is unknown to police. Detectives need help solving this murder. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274). All calls are kept strictly anonymous.