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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at or submit a Web Tip .  You do not have to give your name.  CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1000 and you can remain anonymous. 


4/15/2015 - HOMICIDE-4500 BLOCK OF COTTONWOOD

4500 block of Cottonwood

Report #1504005520ME

 

On Friday, April 10, 2015, at 2:00 AM, Memphis Police responded to a shooting call in the 4500 block of Cottonwood. Upon arrival, officers located victim Cateria Stokes lying in bed unresponsive.  Victim Cateria Stokes had suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene.  An additional victim was also on the scene and had also suffered a gunshot wound, but survived.   Multiple shots were fired during the incident and both victims were inside the residence when they were struck by gunfire.  The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-2274 (CASH) or the Homicide Bureau at 636-3300.

 

1504005520ME/Homicide/Sgt. Brown

 

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4/8/2015 - BUSINESS ROBBERY AT 1685 UNION (CIRCLE K)
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1685 Union

Report #1504001314ME

 

On April 2, 2015, at approximately 10:30 PM, a lone male walked into the Circle K at 1685 Union and robbed the business at gunpoint.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’11, medium build, wearing all black clothing and a long brown wig. The suspect was armed with a black semi-auto handgun.

No arrests have been made at this point and the investigation remains ongoing.

 

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH (2274) or the Safe Streets Task Force at 922-5215.

1502011542ME/ SSTF / SGT Switzer

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4/1/2015 - HOMICIDE AT 789 ATLANTIC

 

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 3:15 PM, Memphis Police responded to a DOA at 789 Atlantic. Upon arrival, officers observed victim Jerome Williams lying unresponsive on the floor of a vacant house at that address, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound.  Victim Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.  The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-2274 (CASH) or the Homicide Bureau at 636-3300.

 

1503001237ME/Homicide/Sgt. Brown

 

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3/25/2015 - HOMICIDE-700 BLOCK OF WILSON

 

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 4:08 AM, Memphis Police responded to a shooting call in the 700 block of Wilson Street. Upon arrival, officers observed victim Edward Kimmons lying on the ground unresponsive.  Victim Edward Kimmons had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene.  A white SUV was seen leaving the area immediately after the incident occurred.  The investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-2274 (CASH) or the Homicide Bureau at 636-3300.

 

1503008275ME/Homicide/Sgt. Quinn

 

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3/18/2015 - HOMICIDE - 1500 block Northside Drive- Todd Creek

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On Thursday, March 12, 2015, approximately 6:40 a.m. Memphis Police Department officers responded to a shooting in the 1500 block of Northside Drive at the Todd Creek Apartments.  Sherrod Smith, male, 32-years old, was found at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Family and friends discovered Sherrod Smith inside his apartment after he failed to respond to their messages and inquiries.

 

The motive behind the murder is unclear and no arrests have been made. 

 

A white sedan with a sunroof was captured by surveillance cameras entering and exiting the apartment complex before Sherrod Smith’s body was discovered (video attached). Investigators at Memphis Police Department’s Homicide Bureau would like to know who occupied this vehicle.

 

Citizens with information about this murder, or who may know who’s responsible, are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH (2274) or Homicide Bureau at 901-636-3300.  Information leading to felony charging in this murder could result in a $1,000 award.

 

1503004986ME/ Homicide/ Sgt. A. Hurst

 

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3/5/2015 - BANK ROBBERY AT 7166 WINCHESTER
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On February 24, 2015, at approximately 1:00 pm, a lone male walked into the First South Financial Credit Union at 7166 Winchester and robbed the business at gunpoint. 

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6’1, 210 lbs., wearing a black winter coat, blue jeans and a red skull mask.  The suspect was armed with a long-barreled silver revolver. 

 

No arrests have been made at this point and the investigation remains ongoing. 

 

First South Financial Credit Union has contributed $10,000 as an extra reward for information that leads to the identification and felony charging of the suspect responsible for this robbery.

 

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH (2274) or the Safe Streets Task Force at 922-5215.

 

 

1502011542ME/ SSTF / SGT NOLEN 

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2/25/2015 - FIRST MURDER IN 2015
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On Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 3:05 p.m., officers responded to a shooting at 1860 Danville and located 44-year-old Todd Jones with multiple gunshot wounds.  Jones died at the scene.

 

Todd Jones was the first criminal homicide victim in 2015.

 

Three African-American males were seen leaving the location.  The suspects fled in a blue Dodge Magnum with tinted windows and chrome rims.  A photo of a similar vehicle is attached to this release.

 

All three suspects are in their 20’s.  The first is about 5’7” with a light complexion and medium build.  The second is about 5’7” with a dark complexion and slim build.  The third is a little taller with a light complexion and medium build.

 

Homicide investigators have conducted multiple interviews and continue to evaluate processed evidence.  Investigators still need information on the suspects responsible.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-2274 (CASH) or the Homicide Bureau at 636-3300.

 

 

1501003544ME/ Homicide/ Sgt. A. Hurst

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2/19/2015 - HOMICIDE - 200 BLOCK SULLIVAN - NINA COOK
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On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Memphis Police Department officers assigned to East Raines Station responded to the 200 block of Sullivan.  A decomposed body was discovered inside a vacant home that was being prepared for sale. 

 

The victim was later identified as Nina Cook (28).  Ms. Cook was reported missing by family members on September 25, 2014.  She had actually gone missing weeks earlier.  

 

Evidence recovered at the scene led investigators to believe Nina Cook was brutally murdered.  On February 9, 2015, Shelby County Medical Examiners ruled Nina Cook’s death as a homicide following extensive forensic testing of evidence recovered at the scene.

 

This murder is being investigated by Memphis Police Department’s Homicide Bureau.  To date, no arrests have been made.  Investigators continue to piece together a timeline between Ms. Cook’s last conversations with friends or family and the day she was reported missing.   Citizens with information about this murder, or who may know who’s responsible, are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH (2274) or Homicide Bureau at 901-636-3300.

 

1410003443ME/ Sgt. J.K. Smith / Homicide Bureau

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2/5/2015 - BANK ROBBERY
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On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at approximately 6:10 p.m., two suspects robbed the Fort Sill National Bank (inside Walmart) at 3950 Austin Peay .

 

The first suspect entered the bank posing as a customer. He approached the counter, began wielding a handgun and demanded currency. The suspect forced an employee to open a safe. He fled the scene on foot from the scene. The second suspect stood outside of the door and acted as a lookout.

 

The first suspect (gunman) is described as a black male, approximately 5’10, 160 pounds, 35 - 40 years of age, dark complexion with facial hair and a tattoo or scar on his left cheek. He was wearing a red Cleveland Indians baseball cap, blue jeans and a white/ red jacket.

 

The second suspect is described as a black female, approximately 5’6, 135 pounds, 30-35 years of age, light skin complexion, wearing a gray hooded jacket with her face partially covered.

 

No arrests have been made at this point.  This investigation is ongoing.

 

This case is currently being investigated by the Safe Streets Task Force which is comprised of members of the Memphis Police Department, the Germantown Police Department, the Bartlett Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

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1/29/2015 - MURDER - 1732 MORLYE PLACE

On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at approximately 9:50 p.m., officers responded to a shooting at 1732 Morlye Place. 

 

Responding officers located 42-year-old Ventura Tura lying outside in a stairwell with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported in critical condition to Regional One where he was later pronounced deceased.

 

No suspects have been developed or charged. 

 

Investigators ask anyone with information on the suspects responsible to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH (2274) or Memphis Police Department Homicide Bureau at 901-636-3300.

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