Issue #6

Tipsters help police solve

five recent murder cases

May 6, 2024, 8 a.m. 

Memphis Police officers respond to a shooting report and locate a man on the ground at 2999 Filmore, Cherokee Park, in the Orange Mound neighborhood. The man is dead. Police retrieve a video showing a female running from the area after the shooting occurred. The video is released to the public.

May 7, 2024. 

CrimeStoppers receives an anonymous tip identifying suspect Kenyatta Hayes. The tip is sent to detectives and Hayes is questioned and soon explains she met the victim at a gas station where she agreed to perform sexual acts for $60 payment. She got into the car and at the park she robbed and shot him. 

Hayes said she spent $47 on a hot wing combo for herself and her boyfriend and had $13 left over. Charge: first degree murder in perpetration of a robbery. Bond: $500,000. Award to the tipster who saw the video and recognized the suspect: $4,000.


That was one of five homicide cases presented to the CrimeStoppers Awards Committee early this month. Two others were tips that identified murder suspects and two provided locations for fugitives in murder cases.


One of those led to the arrest of Vontabious Echols. He had been identified by an earlier tipster as the suspect for first degree murder and attempted first degree murder in an April 19 shooting. His bond was $1 million. Paid to the tipster whose information provided his hideout: $700

Secure your tickets to CrimeStoppers

Night At The Theatre event June 21

The show is Catch Me If You Can, the musical telling of gifted and fabled conman and escape artist Frank Abignale Jr. CrimeStoppers has the whole house on the main stage at Playhouse on the Square and it’s a crime spree and capture right up CrimeStoppers’ alley.

Details: Friday, June 21, 2024 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper Street.

You won’t want to miss it. The $75 tickets include reception, dinner and show.

If you can’t be there, consider sending a police office and guest.

Or do both(!) here:

The proceeds help CrimeStoppers catch Memphis and Shelby County crooks, just like the murder suspects in the story above.

Please help. Buying tickets will help us to continue paying cash awards to anonymous citizens who tell us what they know about crime and the locations of fugitives. 

That makes the ticket price a real deal.

Next walk against gun violence

Is set June 15 at Melrose H.C.

Memphians concerned about gun violence and who wish to show that concern are invited to participate in the next “Guns Down Don’t Shoot” walk on June 15, 2024.

Sponsored by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission, CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County and others, the 1.8-milewalk starts at Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Avenue, at 8:30 a.m. 

The march through the neighborhood will follow remarks by local officials.

Come and learn about legislation needed to make our city safer.

Donations of any size are welcome. Checks made out to CrimeStoppers may be sent to our offices at 600 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 451, Memphis, 38105, or visit our website to make a secure donation now.
CrimeStoppers by the numbers

Twenty-four successful tips were presented to CrimeStoppers citizen awards committee June 3 from the month of May, including five murder cases. A total of 15 homicide cases have been solved thanks to CrimeStoppers tips since January.

The tips led to 25 warrants and arrests and helped close eight cases. Citizen tipsters were awarded a total of $23,500 for helping bring criminals to justice.

To review all statistics for the year, visit https://crimestopmem.org/statistics/

To review all the tips data for the year, visit this page on our main website:

Cold cases site helps detectives

A new website provides information on numerous cold-case homicides.

A Cold Case is an unsolved felony crime awaiting the discovery of new evidence. It is a case that was suspended after the initial investigation for lack of leads but remains an open file.

It is a case that sometimes may require a new set of investigative eyes, and the aid of the public.

It is CrimeStoppers’ strong belief that in every crime someone knows something — it could be a seemingly small detail — that could be enough to lead to a solution — and justice for the victim and the victim’s family.

CrimeStoppers here offers a series of Cold Case files for public consideration. To provide a tip call or test CrimeStoppers: 528-CASH (2274).
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