June 27, 2006 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen named Officer John Williams and Officer
David Ogle the April 2006 Officers of the Month. Officer Williams
has been with the KPD since August 2000. Officer Ogle has been with
the department since May 2002.
Owen said that on April 13, 2006 at approximately 12:57 p.m., officers
responded to a call that several males wearing red bandanas had jumped
from a vehicle and pulled guns on several unknown persons before returning
to their gray Chevy Celebrity and quickly leaving the Montgomery Village
complex. A few minutes later, Officer Williams observed the vehicle
on Martin Mill Pike and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle
fled from Officer Williams and entered the parking lot of an apartment
complex. The four suspects immediately bailed from their car. Officer
Ogle and Officer Williams took two of the suspects into custody without
incident and tracked the third suspect to a nearby apartment where
he was also taken into custody without incident.
Two of the three suspects arrested were juveniles. All three suspects
had prior arrests or were ShoCap juveniles. Three handguns, one
with laser sights, were recovered from the vehicle along with the
red bandanas. The two juveniles and the adult, 18-year-old Toreano
Craigmire, were each charged with possession of a handgun with intent
to go armed. The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Anthony Brabson,
was later identified and arrested. Brabson was charged with possession
of a weapon with intent to go armed and felony fleeing.
Chief Owen said, "These four suspects are possibly connected
to several armed robberies that have occurred during the past several
months. Their involvement in these incidents is still under investigation."
"I'm confident that the arrest of these four individuals has
prevented additional crimes from occurring in our neighborhoods,"
said Chief Owen.
Mayor Haslam said, "These officers remain diligent in their
efforts to make our city safer for all citizens. We commend them
for their actions."
Both officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief along with a free dinner from Ruby Tuesday Restaurant.