Crime of the Week #7

February 26, 2021

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police dispatched officers from the Raines Station precinct to respond to a shooting call at 12:59 a.m. Sunday, February 7, 2021. They arrived at the scene at Horn Lake and Dixie Road in south Memphis to locate a victim inside a Ford Escape.

Sonia Starks was suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. A white sedan was seen leaving the area of the crime.

Investigators need the public’s help solving this murder. Anyone with information please contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274) for a possible award.

Crime of the Week #6

February 12, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
The call to Memphis Police at 2:30 p.m. September 24, 2011 said that a man was shot inside a house in the 5500 block of Forsyth Drive in southeast Memphis. Police arrived at the residence and found Dennis Gilliam lying in bed. He had been shot.

Gilliam was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are seeking information that could lead to identifying and arresting those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers by calling or texting 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #5

February 5, 2021

HOMICIDE

Cedric Birdsong was leaving a convenience store about 6:20 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 when he was approached by a man with a face covering. The man shot him at pointblank range.

Ridgeway Station officers responded to the crime at the Raines Mart, 5915 E. Raines Road near Hickory Hill Road in east Memphis and found Birdsong on the ground. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was unresponsive. Memphis Fire personnel arrived and pronounced him dead.

The suspect is described as a six-foot, 150 pounds male wearing dark clothing, white hat and face covering. He was last seen running south behind the business. Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274) for an award up to $1,000.

Crime of the Week #4

January 29, 2021

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Reports of a shooting sent Memphis Police officers to the 6800 block of Kirby Mills Cove at 8:10 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2020. At the scene they found two children suffering from gunshot wounds.

The two were LeQuan Boyd, 16, and Ashlynn Luckett, just six years old. They were transported to local hospitals. Both died the next day.

The investigation at the scene revealed that suspects occupied a dark-colored SUV from which they fired numerous shots into the residence. Anyone with information is asked to call or text CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274). An award up to $1,000 is available. An additional award up to $25,000 is available from the FBI.

LeQuan Boyd

Ashlynn Luckett

 

Crime of the Week #3

January 15, 2021

HOMICIDE

Reports of a shooting brought Austin Peay station officers of the Memphis Police Dept to the 3300 block of Cypress Road, just south of James Road in north Memphis, about 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021. On arrival they found an unresponsive Terita J. Smith.

Smith was suffering from a gunshot wound and sitting in the driver’s seat of a black 2019 Chrysler 300. Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead.

Detectives need help solving this murder. Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers, by phone or text, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #2

January 8, 2021

HOMICIDE

It was 8 a.m. on Monday, January 2, 2021 when Memphis Police officers from the North Main Street station were dispatched to the 800 block of E.H. Crump Blvd., just south of downtown, in response to an accident report.

On Crump the officers discovered an unresponsive victim inside a wrecked GMC Terrain. The man was pronounced dead by Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics at the scene.

Special Traffic Unit investigators arrived. Their efforts soon revealed that the victim, Jabouri Williams, had been shot multiple times. MPD homicide detectives were then brought to the crime scene. No other information was available about what happened to Williams. Anyone with any information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274) to help solve this murder.

Crime of the Week #1

January 1, 2021

HOMICIDE

At 1:10 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020 Memphis Police officers responded to reports of a shooting at a Dollar Tree store at 5110 Summer Avenue in east Memphis. At the scene officers found Antwoni Purnell on the floor. He was suffering from gunshot wounds and was unresponsive.

Purnell was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics. Officers learned that while he was in the store a person in a white hoodie, black pants and a mask walked into the store and began shooting. The suspect then ran from the business and got into a stolen gray Dodge Charger with a missing front bumper and Tennessee license plate number 2F4-8Z6.

Anyone with information on this murder, or the whereabouts of the stolen car, is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #40

December 18, 2020

HOMICIDE

Memphis Police Officers stationed at the Tillman Street precinct responded to a shooting report at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 2020 in the 500 block of Belt Line Street near the Liberty Bowl Coliseum.

On arrival the officers found two men who were unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds inside a gray vehicle. Travious Hawthorne and Alexander Stewart were pronounced dead on the scene by Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics.

Officers learned that persons nearby heard numerous shots fired and a male wearing black clothing and a mask was seen running from the scene. Because no other information was available, investigators need the public help to solve this double murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers — by phone or text — at 528-CASH (2274).

Crime of the Week #39

December 11, 2020

HOMICIDE

A Cold Case
Reports of shots fired in the 1800 block of Norfolk Street, west of Mississippi Blvd. in south Memphis, brought Airways Station Memphis Police officers to the scene at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2017.

On arrival officers found Dorothy Jackson inside a house and suffering gunshot wounds to her back. Memphis Fire Dept. paramedics transported her to Regional One Hospital. There she soon was pronounced dead.

Bullets shot from outside Jackson’s home had penetrated windows and walls and struck the victim. Investigators need the public’s help in this homicide. Anyone with information — even the smallest detail — should contact CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH (2274)

Crime of the Week #38

December 4, 2020

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

A shooting report near Poplar Avenue and Dunlap Street in the medical district brought officers from the Memphis Police Department’s North Main station to the area at 8 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019. There they learned that an adult female victim who had been shot had driven herself to Le Bonheur’s Emergency Room.

The woman was stabilized and transported to Regional One Hospital in critical condition for long-term care. Officers learned that the woman was walking to her car on Dunlap after leaving work at a medical facility. Two male suspects approached her, attempted to carjack her and she was shot in the struggle. The men fled on foot northbound on Dunlap, westbound on Mosby and northbound on Leath Street to Peach Avenue. Here are descriptions:

Suspect #1 is a male black, five-foot-six to five-foot-eight, light complexioned with freckles. He was wearing a dark hooded jacket and dark shoes. He carried a silver handgun.

Suspect #2 is a male black, five-foot-eight to five-foot-ten. He wore a dark hooded jacket, light-colored pants and light-colored shoes.

Anyone who can help identify one or both suspects is asked to contact CrimeStoppers, 528-CASH (2274).