6, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Chief Sterling Owen
named Officer Leslie Bowman the June Officer of the Month for the
Knoxville Police Department. Officer Bowman has been with the department
since November 2003.
Chief Owen said that on June 5, 2007, at approximately 9:15 p.m.,
Officer Bowman was in the parking lot of the Weigel's Convenient Store
on Gleason Road when she observed a male subject acting very suspicious
at the side of the building. When the subject was approached he fled
on foot. As the subject was running, he was wearing a hooded jacket
and was holding an object in front of his pants. The subject was pursued
into a wooded area near the Weigle's where he was taken into custody.
The subject had removed the jacket and discarded what was believed
to be a handgun while fleeing. The suspect, Darryl Davis (DOB 7-27-66),
was immediately arrested for Public Intoxication and Evading Arrest.
Chief Owen said the follow up investigation revealed that Davis
had an extensive violent criminal history out of Indiana including
charges of Auto Theft and Attempted Murder. Davis also matched the
description of the suspect wanted for two convenient store armed
robberies that had occurred during the past five days. Davis was
subsequently charged with the two armed robberies. In addition,
Davis was also a person of interest to the FBI concerning the May
8, 2007, robbery of the Am South Bank on Kingston Pike. The FBI
was able to connect Davis to the Am South robbery and charged him
with the Hobb's Act. Davis remains a person of interest in several
bank robberies in the Illinois area.
"Due to Officer Bowman's keen observation skills, this very
serious offender was removed from our streets before he could victimize
another innocent citizen," said Chief Owen.
Mayor Haslam said, "We commend Officer Bowman for her actions
in observing this suspicious subject and for taking him into custody.
Due to her actions, this subject will be unable to victimize the
residents of Knoxville for a long time, if ever again."
Officer Bowman will receive a signed certificate from the mayor
and chief and a free dinner from Ruby Tuesday restaurant.