February 26, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor
Bill Haslam and Police Chief Sterling Owen today named Officer Sandy
Reynolds and Officer Sharon Terrell the Officers of the Month for
January. Officer Reynolds has been with the department since November
1986 while Officer Terrell has been with KPD since January 1996.
Chief Owen said that on January 2, 2007 at approximately 3:05 p.m.,
both officers responded to a bank robbery of the Regions Bank located
at 8517 Kingston Pike. According to the victims, a white male entered
the bank and told the teller "They have my daughter and will
kill her." The male then said they would blow him up with the
bomb that is wrapped around his waist if he did not rob them. The
teller complied with the demand and the suspect quickly left the
Reynolds and Terrell obtained a photo of the suspect from the bank
security system and immediately began canvassing the area. The officers
drove to a motel on Gallaher View Road where they met with the manager
of the facility. The manger indicated the picture of the suspect
matched the description of a frequent patron of the motel.
Chief Owen said, "While the officers were talking with the
manager, the suspect's wife approached the manager complaining that
she had not seen her husband in several days and that she needed
money. She then left the motel and walked to a nearby restaurant.
Officer Terrell shadowed the female while Officer Reynolds kept
watch on the possible suspect's room."
The officers advised KPD investigators along with agents with the
FBI who then responded to the restaurant. During an interview with
the female, she identified the male in the bank photo as that of
her husband, Weaver Eugene McNabb of Maynardville, TN. After consenting
to a search of her motel room, the officers discovered clothing
consistent with the clothing worn by the robbery suspect. In addition,
items were discovered that appeared to be used as the simulated
bomb by the suspect.
Officers Reynolds and Terrell continued to interview other motel
patrons when they learned that the suspect had paid one of them
$10.00 to drive him to another motel on Kingston Pike. The officers
along with KPD Investigators and agents with the FBI immediately
responded to the second motel where they located the suspect in
a room. McNabb was taken into custody without incident.
Chief Owen said, "Officer Reynolds and Officer Terrell utilized
their knowledge of their beat to begin searching for clues as to
the identity and whereabouts of the suspect. Their leads followed
by good instinct and information gathering made the quick arrest
possible. They represented themselves in a manner that brings the
highest credit to their work and efforts."
Mayor Haslam said, "These officers did an outstanding job in
searching and locating a dangerous individual. We commend them for
their dedication to this department and to the citizens we serve."
The officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief along with a free dinner from Bayou Bay Seafood House.