Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Fox Lonas Road Fatality
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early morning fatality in West Knox County. The victim’s name isn’t being released until relatives have been notified. According to the initial investigation, she was driving a 2003 Audi and traveling eastbound on Fox Lonas Road just before 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a mailbox, went into the grass, and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead on the scene by Rural Metro and was transported to the Knox County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation. The woman was alone in the vehicle.
The driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and speed may have been a factor in the crash.
2015 Safe Holidays Task Force
Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones has the Safe Holidays Task Force back in business for the holiday shopping season. The goal is to help businesses and customers have a safe, pleasant holiday shopping experience. A group of officers pulled from every department in the Sheriff’s Office patrol and service the busiest shopping districts.
This is the fifth year for the task force. The statistics help tell the story: In 2012, 17 officers made 328 arrests over a 6-week period and recovered $65,000 in stolen property. In 2013, 20 officers made 342 arrests during 7 weeks and recovered $56,000 in stolen property. 2014 was the busiest year yet as 23 officers joined the Task Force and made 372 arrests in 5 weeks, recovering over $65,000 in stolen merchandise and 2 stolen vehicles. The majority of the arrests were for shoplifting, 35 were felony theft charges and 12 arrests for DUI. Two fugitives from justice were also nabbed.
This is a cooperative effort among the KCSO, businesses, loss prevention personnel, and prosecutors. Working together they help combat shoplifting, theft, car burglaries, car thefts, and other criminal activities that occur in and around retail areas. Officers are in marked and unmarked vehicles, inside stores, in parking lots, in plain clothes and uniforms. The team members work different shifts to accommodate the busiest shopping times and the most crowded shopping areas and stores. The Sheriff’s Office has also set up a special email system that allows merchants and the KCSO to share information, including photos and suspect details, with other retailers and loss prevention personnel.
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Aggravated Robbery Suspect Arrested
The suspect who robbed an 85-year-old woman in a grocery store parking lot has been arrested. 52-year-old Lea Ann Roberts was arrested at her West Knoxville home by KCSO Major Crimes detectives yesterday. She is responsible for attempting to take an 85-year-old woman’s purse in the parking lot of Ingles, located at 11847 Kingston Pike, on November 8th. During the attempt, the victim struggled with the suspect and fell to the ground. She was transported to UT Medical Center where she was treated for multiple broken bones.
An investigation by KCSO’s Major Crimes Unit led to the identification of Roberts and she was charged with aggravated robbery. She is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $30,000 bond.
Roberts also faces charges of theft, fraud, forgery, unauthorized use of a credit card, and impersonation of a licensed professional in conjunction with the theft of a purse from a visitor inside a patient’s room at Parkwest Medical Center on November 8th.
This was a joint investigation conducted with the Knoxville Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit. Roberts has a criminal history in Knox County that includes theft, unauthorized use of a credit/debit card, forgery, evading arrest, forgery, theft, and criminal impersonation.