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CrimeStoppers tip helps murder suspect get away

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by A6Gator, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. A6Gator

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    http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/apr/08/crimestopper-worker-tips-suspect/

    Memphis Crimestoppers worker warned suspected killer to flee

    A City of Memphis employee, once on track to become a police officer, took a CrimeStoppers tip about the location of a murder suspect on Wednesday and then helped tip the fugitive to flee.

    His unprecedented actions landed Travis Shantell Williams, 28, in Shelby County Jail by Wednesday night, charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

    Williams is accused of helping warn 54-year-old Cleo Henderson "that he should leave before police get there," according to a court affidavit. Henderson escaped. He is wanted in the Jan. 15 murder of Reuben J. Jefferson, 48, outside Luster's Sundry near Downtown on East Georgia at Danny Thomas Boulevard.

    Williams did not contact Henderson directly but allegedly informed a third party who alerted the suspect, according to a police statement.

    Not since it began in 1981 has someone answering anonymous calls at CrimeStoppers leaked information to a suspect as Williams is believed to have done, said Buddy Chapman, executive director of CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County.

    "It is a totally unbelievable stretch of coincidences," Chapman said Thursday.

    The story has another strange twist.

    Last Aug. 11, Williams was in training to become a Memphis police officer when an instructor accidentally shot him in the left wrist at the police academy.

    When the department fired two police instructors in October because of the incident, officials said Williams had been assigned to the department's Real Time Crime Center.

    They said that after fully recovering, he would be eligible to attend another police recruit training session.

    Details about Williams' employment with the city were not immediately available.

    Police offered no comment on any possible connection between Williams and Henderson.

    Thomas Kern, chairman of the national Crime Stoppers USA, said he has never before heard of a tip taker warning a suspect of the tip.

    "That's a new one on me," said Kern, a veteran of Indianapolis-based Central Indiana Crime Stoppers.

    When the tip came in, Williams did properly issue a tip number to the caller, a step that allows those providing information to remain anonymous.

    Chapman, who started the area CrimeStoppers program as Memphis police director from 1976 to 1983, said the "absolutely amazing" coincidences included that Williams was on duty to take the call and apparently knew the suspect.

    CrimeStoppers will still reward the anonymous caller, Chapman said.

    "I'll make sure they get paid," he said. "It's certainly not their fault."

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  2. volsbear

    volsbear IWannaBeSedated Lifetime Member

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    Let him hang.

    Several years ago, we had a prosecutor here in the complaints office drop a dime to her friend warning her that the friend's boyfriend just had a search warrant issued for his property.
     

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    WOW.

    What a piece of work...
     
  4. Polak

    Polak (pō'lāk')

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    Hey, one less person to have to weed out of the process. Good for him.
     
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    Just imagine the stuff he would have done as a PO.
     
  6. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

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    Not the word I would've used, but...
     
  7. IndyGunFreak

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    Isn't that the truth.. Maybe those Police Instructors should have aimed a little closer to COM.

    Unbelievable.

    IGF
     
  8. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    Still holding a grudge against the police for the accidental shooting, are we?
     
  9. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

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    Hopefully they go back and recategorize the shooting as justified...

    Randy
     
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    He actually did NOT get shot in the wrist (imagine that: the media getting something wrong!!!), but got hit by a ricochet.
     
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    Get a rope.


    Hit by a ricochet? What a ****ing ****y. I caught one in the Academy too, and ruined a pair of pants cutting the sucker out, and prying out from under the skin. I whine about it, nor get sent to the wimp squad to "convalesce" either.
     
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    Dispatcher at my old agency was hiding a guy sporting some pretty severe warrants in her apartment. Somebody got wise to it and was going by there, and then she got wind of that. She called from work (on a recorded phone) to warn him and got her *** busted.
     
  13. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

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    We had a particular series of robberies going around, and it turned out that one of our 911 call takers knew who they were, but didn't say anything. One day she was working when she took a frantic call from one of their latest victims, and it apparently tugged on her heart strings, so she finally said dropped the dime on them. Turns out this 311 call taker could have likely stopped these guys from robbing their last 10 or 11 victims if she would have just spoken up....

    Last I heard she was going to lose her job over it.
     
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    The kind of crud where dispatchers, other call takers just allow things to keep happening, concerning crimes, makes a person think, "I will just take care of it myself." Next thing you know, a robber taking a dirt nap.