Extra Awards

Awards over and above regular CrimeStoppers awards are sometimes offered by individuals and groups to help solve cases. Call tips or extra award queries anonymously to 528-CASH (2274) or via secure webmail.

Acree family adds $6,000 to award in car shooting

John Wayne Acree Jr. was on his way home on the evening of August 4, 2021. It was 7:30 p.m. and he driving on Holmes Road near Airways when someone in a black sedan shot several bullets into his VW Beetle.

Acree was struck in the head and later died.

The family’s $6,000 had been added to the $2,000 available from CrimeStoppers for a total of $8,000 to any tip that helps lead to an arrest in this murder.

Family’s contribution builds a $2,500 award in Tony Wallace case

Extra award money of $1,500 received by CrimeStoppers means that $2,500 is available for information that might lead to an arrest in the murder of Tony Wallace.

Wallace, 27 and the father of a six-year-old daughter, was found shot to death in his blue Camaro April 13, 2020 on Titus Road at East Mallory Avenue, near Parkway Village.

It appeared the shooter had been sitting inside the car. Wallace, a tattoo artist, was found with his shoes, jacket and keys missing. The public’s help is needed in this case. Detectives are seeking any information that might create new leads. Tipsters who contact CrimeStoppers anonymously are eligible for the award if an arrest is made based in part on the detail(s) provided.

Governor offers $15,000 in Demonte Johnson cold case

Thirteen-year-old Demonte was visiting family that day and walking on Looney Avenue near Leath Street in north Memphis when he was shot and killed. He was rushed to Regional One Hospital where he later died.

No other details were available to police; the MPD Cold Case Unit hopes the awards will allow someone to contact them or CrimeStoppers with information.

$50,000 is made available in murders of 8 children

Up to $5,000 is available in eight different killings of Memphis children from January to September, 2020. The awards will be paid by the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

Here are the incidents:

  • Jadon Knox, age 10, was killed by gunfire on January 19 from an unknown vehicle while standing on the front porch of a residence in the 700 block of Josephine Avenue.
  • Ashlynn Luckett, age 6, and Lequan Boyd, age 16, were both shot on January 20 when gunshots entered a home in the 6800 block of Kirby Mills Cove.
  • Hilda Trejo, 9-months-old, died from inflicted trauma on January 22 at a home in the 4600 block of Willow Road.
  • Jalen Dodge, age 17, was shot in the roadway on March 18 in the 1600 block of Sunset Street.
  • Tyrell Jones, age 15, was shot in a vehicle on May 7 in the 4000 block of Barron Avenue.
  • Alajah Reynolds, age 16, was found shot on July 11 in a vehicle in the 3100 block of E. Glengarry Drive.
  • Demetrius Robinson, age 17, was shot on September 3 in the 3800 block of Elvis Presley Boulevard.

$5,000 offered in Midtown arson case

The award will go to anyone who provides information that helps make an arrest in recent felony arson and vandalism at Averhealth, a lab located at 1486 Madison Avenue.

The amount will be added to any award approved by CrimeStoppers.

$5,000 in extra awards announced slaying of man at his home

The amount is offered by the family of Herman Wright. He was shot in the morning hours as he sat on the porch of his home on Preston Street in south Memphis. Someone knows something about this murder and investigators need help solving this crime.

Wright was 59 years old, a father and brother. The family’s award makes a total award of $6,000 possible in this case for information that can lead to an arrest.

$5,000 in extra awards announced in drive-by homicide

The amount is offered by the family of Rafael Smith. He was shot December 2, 2019, about 2 a.m. as he travelled on Elvis Presley Blvd. and approached the intersection with South Parkway East.

A white SUV drove alongside and someone fired multiple shots into Smith’s car. He died soon after from his injuries.

Smith was 34 years old, a husband, father and businessman. The family, which lost his older brother in a similar kind of shooting two years before, offers the extra reward in the hopes someone will come forward with information that will help authorities make an arrest. The family’s award makes a total award of $6,000 possible in this case.

$9,000 in extra awards announced in expressway shooting

The family of Kari Hardin has provided the extra award money for an arrest in a shooting in the early hours of July 3, 2020 on I-240 near Poplar Avenue. Hardin was driving with a passenger when multiple shots struck her car and blew out the windows.

The vehicle from which the shots were fired may have been a late-model SUV Yukon. An assault rifle with military-grade ammunition was used in the crime. Hardin was hit by several bullets. She arrived at the hospital in critical condition but has survived the assault. The passenger wasn’t hit. The extra award makes as much as $10,000 award possible for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible.

$20,000 in extra awards announced in Jan. drive-by slayings of 3 children

At the request of Shelby County Attorney Gen. Amy Weirich, Gov. Bill Lee’s office has announced $20,000 in awards are available in the murders of Jadon Knox, 10, and Ashlyn Luckett, 6, and her uncle LeQuan Boyd, 16 this past January.

The three were killed in two drive-by shootings over the Martin Luther King weekend. Anyone with information is asked to contact anonymously CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

The governor’s office has offered two $10,000 awards in the separate homicide cases. The amount is over and above the award up to $1,000 in cash available via CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County for information that leads to one or more arrest warrants in the cases.

The Governor’s portion of awards are contingent on an arrest and conviction in the cases.

Ashlynn Luckett

Jadon Knox

LeQuan Boyd

$1,000 extra award is offered for information leading to the identity of anyone who broke into Gordin’s Liquor and Wine shop, 1781 S. Prescott Street late the night of Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
Thieves stole items and did a lot of damage to the store. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers by calling or texting (901) 528-CASH (2274) or by sending a secure webmail message at crimestopmem.org/tips.
All contacts are anonymous. In this case the owner has provided $1,000 cash in addition to whatever award is granted by CrimeStoppers.

A reward is offered for information concerning individuals involved in a riot in Frayser the night of June 12, 2019 in which several Memphis Police officers were injured. Any information could be helpful. Call 528-CASH (2274).

$2,500 offered for information that helps police make an arrest in the July 7, 2019 murder of Justin Love. The 22-year-old man was standing on the balcony of his apartment on South Mendenhall Road when he was shot at 8:44 p.m.

Justin Love

$26,000 offered for information that helps solve a homicide case on Friday June 7, 2019 when a lone gunman shot and killed Glenn Cofield, 57, as he stood by his car after a nighttime charity event at Poplar Avenue and East Parkway.

$5,000 offered for tips leading to the arrest of those involved in a shooting outside Southern Steel, 475 N. Dunlap Street, on Monday, November 27, 2017. Dondrielal Cunningham, 27, was shot as he stood with another individual. Gunfire came from someone in a black SUV driving by. He died at the hospital.

$5,000 offered for tips leading to the arrest of those involved in a shooting outside outside a Frayser group home in October. DeMario Hughley, who lived and worked at the home, had stepped outside one night to smoke a cigarette when he was approached by one or more individuals who shot him to death. Hughley’s wife, Memphis Police Officer Rosetta Hughley, is due to have a child her husband will never know.

$11,000 offered for tips leading to the arrest of those involved in a shooting outside the Mynt nightclub just after midnight on August 26, 2017 in which New Orleans firefighter Gregory Howard, 37, was killed. A group of people had confronted the club’s DJ with complaints about the music and were forced to leave. Later at least two shooters fired into a crowd leaving the club in the 4200 block of Hacks Cross Road. Howard was in Memphis to participate in a first responders basketball tournament that weekend. Howard, a nine-year veteran of the New Orleans Fire Department, left behind a wife and two sons.

$6,000 offered for tips leading to the ID and charging of the driver of a silver Ford Mustang in the hit-and-run death of Christopher Phillips, 32, at 8:20 p.m. February 22, 2017 on Madison Ave. at Morrison St. just west of Overton Square. Witnesses said the car continued east. The victim’s photo:

Police released this surveillance video screenshot.

$6,000 offered for information leading to the ID and charging of one or more suspects who just before midnight on July 26, 2016 shot Monique Brown, 23, at her home at the Madison at Cypress Lake Apartments near Quince Road and Bill Morris Parkway. Ms. Brown died a short time later at Regional One hospital. The victim’s photo:

$4,000 offered for information leading to the ID and charging of one or more suspects who on January 20, 2017 shot 20-year-old Yasna Tahiro as he drove a car in the 5300 block of Gloucester in Raleigh. He died shortly afterwards at Regional One hospital. Tahiro’s family is from Ethiopia and he came to Memphis a year ago from Minnesota. The victim’s photo:


$6,000 offered for information leading to the ID and charging of one or more suspects who on November 16, 2016 around 11 p.m. fired upon a 2016 Toyota Corolla driven by Domino’s Pizza delivery person Mia Jones at Airways Blvd. and Ketchum. Miss Jones’ car crashed after the apparent ambush. She was found by police with gunshot injuries and died at Regional One.

COLD CASE – $11,000 offered for information leading to the ID and charging of one or more suspects in the slaying October 9, 1989 of Nancy Little, 32. Ms. Little, eight and a half months pregnant, was found in her 1988 white Honda parked in front of 2061 Slate Road.

$5,000 offered for information leading to the identification and charging of one or more suspects in the slaying of Mike Morgan, a.k.a. “Psycho” on February 21, 2015. Morgan was shot on Apple Blossom Dr. in southeast Memphis.

$20,000 offered to anyone with information that can lead to the charging of one or more suspects in the death of Calvin Wilhite in a shooting May 24, 2015 at Fourth and Martin L. King streets downtown. Wilhite was shot after a verbal altercation with two unknown males in a gray or green Chrysler.