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 #18

May 27, 2022

HOMICIDE

The report of an accident brought Memphis Police Department officers assigned to the Airways Precinct to Kimball Avenue and Kimball Cove in south Memphis at 10:53 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022. There they located a shooting victim inside a crashed 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo SS.

Carlos Jackson had been shot multiple times. Memphis Fire Department personnel transported Jackson to Regional One Hospital. He died later from his wounds.

Police learned that multiple gunshots had been fired at Jackson’s vehicle, causing it to crash into a light pole. The homicide investigation is ongoing. Detectives need the public’s help to solve this case. Call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #17

May 18, 2022

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers assigned to the Crump Station were dispatched to check an accident report outside the Tuscany Apartments building at 1531 Poplar Avenue in midtown Memphis at 11:49 Wednesday May 11, 2022. At the scene, near Williamson Street, the officers found a woman in a car suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was in the driver’s seat of a black Volkswagon Jetta. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A witness heard a gunshot, looked out a window, and saw the Jetta back up then move forward into another parked car.

Investigators need further help to solve this murder. Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #16

Memphis Police officers stationed at Austin Peay answered a shooting call in the 4400 block of Sunny View Drive in north Memphis Sunday, May 8, 2022. There they found a man lying in the street. He had been shot and was declared dead at the scene.

The victim had been seen arguing with another male on the street, and then 10 minutes later a dark-colored pickup truck drove by. Occupants of the truck and the victim exchanged angry words. Moments later the victim staggered away and fell in the street. The truck left the scene westbound on Smith Ridge Road.

Investigators are asking the public for help in this homicide case. Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers, 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 #14

May 6, 2022

HOMICIDE

A shooting report brought officers attached to the Memphis Police Department’s Raines Station to the 3800 block of Masterson Street in the Westwood area of south Memphis. The call came at 6:11 p.m. Sunday May 2, 2021, one year ago.

At the scene officers learned that two 15-year-olds were sitting in a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder when unknown subjects occupying a black four-door sedan shot at them. Both teens were hit by bullets. One, a male, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The dark vehicle was captured on surveillance video and a witness described the occupants as two adult black males. Detectives need help in this ongoing murder investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #13

April 22, 2022

HOMICIDE

A report of a shooting brought Memphis Police officers stationed at the Austin Peay precinct to the intersection of Point Church Avenue and Mountain Terrace Street in Frayser at 3 a.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022. There the officers found a wrecked 2003 Ford Fusion. Inside was a shooting victim.

The man, identified as Jeffery Miller, was taken to Regional One Hospital in critical condition and died several hours later.

Detectives need help with this ongoing murder investigation. Anyone with information — even the smallest detail — should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #12

April 8, 2022

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police officers assigned to the Ridgeway Station responded to a shooting report on Friday, April 1, 2022. They arrived in the Cedar Run Apartments on East Point Cove in the Hickory Hill area to find a 13-year-old girl suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Memphis Fire Department paramedics pronounced the victim dead on the scene inside an apartment.

Officers learned that after several shots were fired four young males were seen running from the scene. The bullets went through the wall and into the apartment. Investigators need the public’s help in solving this homicide case. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274).