|Officers Honored For Capture of Dangerous Robbery Suspect
June 29, 2006 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today named Officer Eric Parks and
Officer Robert Blevins the Officers of the Month for May 2006. Officer
Parks has been with the department since November 2003. Officer Blevins
has been with KPD since May 2002.
Owen said that on April 9, 2006 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Weigel's
Store located at 300 Cedar Lane was robbed at knifepoint. A few minutes
after the robbery Sgt. John Kiely encountered the suspect's vehicle,
but the driver fled on foot before the officer could get in position
for the felony stop. The money stolen from the robbery along with
the knife and clothes worn during the robbery were discovered inside
the suspect's vehicle. Fingerprints taken from these items matched
those of 36 year-old Carlton Wayne Wallace. At that time, Wallace
was a suspect in several bank robberies.
Chief Owen said, "Officer Parks and Officer Blevins were assigned
the duty of tracking down and capturing the suspect. These officers
spent more than 40 hours of their personal time in researching, investigating
and tracking the suspect."
On May 6 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Officer Parks and Officer Blevins
had successfully tracked Wallace to a motel on Clinton Highway. Due
to the possibility the suspect would not be taken into custody without
a confrontation, a team of officers was assembled before the suspect
was approached. By 7:50 p.m., the responding officers had secured
the motel. Nine minutes later the suspect was taken into custody without
incident. Wallace confessed to three bank robberies (BB&T, 4611
Kingston Pike; Suntrust, 700 Merchants Road; and Home Federal Bank,
4900 North Broadway) as well as the robbery of the Weigel's store.
In addition, Wallace could be connected with numerous crimes in other
Chief Owen said, "These officers made it their mission to track
down and arrest this dangerous suspect. During their investigation
they remained focused on their task. The mother of the suspect even
sent a letter thanking them for the way they handled the case in a
Mayor Haslam said, "Officer Blevins and Officer Parks have exceeded
the already high standards set by the Knoxville Police Department.
Due to their tireless efforts this dangerous criminal is now behind
bars. We commend them on an outstanding job."
Both officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief along with a free dinner from the Bayou Bay Seafood House.
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