|August Officers of the Month
Officers Arrest Stun Gun Wielding Suspect Quickly After Robbery Attempt
November 4, 2004 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today named Officer Aaron Bowman and
Officer Eric Parks as the August Officers of the Month. Officer Bowman
has been with the department since 1998. Officer Parks will complete
his first year of service next week.
Owen said that on August 24 at approximately 3:19 a.m., officers responded
to an attempted armed robbery of an individual near Gay Street and
Clinch Avenue. According to the victim, while he was working a female
suspect approached him and brandished an activated stun gun. The suspect
was demanding money.
Officers Bowman and Parks quickly obtained a description of the suspect
from the victim and witnesses and broadcast that information to other
responding officers. Acting on their knowledge of their beat, the
officers went to the YWCA to speak to the desk attendant. The officers
informed the attendant about the incident and provided a description
of the suspect.
Approximately forty-five minutes later, the attendant called the officers
and provided a name of a person who was staying at the YWCA that matched
the suspect's description.
When the officers went to the possible suspect's room, she made the
spontaneous utterance that she was "only playing." After being advised
of her rights she confessed to the robbery attempt. The suspect, 28
year-old Emily Hayes, was charged with Attempted Aggravated Robbery.
Chief Owen said, "The quick actions of Officers Bowman and Parks were
instrumental in solving this violent crime less than an hour after
it occurred. The officers' knowledge of their beat and desire to remove
dangerous suspects from our community was evident in their actions."
Mayor Haslam said, "Efforts such as these are critical in positively
impacting downtown revitalization and the perceived crime problem
in the area. These officers are very deserving of this special award."
Both officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief and a free dinner from Ruby Tuesday Restaurant.
PRESS RELEASE INDEX