Deputies take down wanted fugitives with your help

Deputies make 17 arrests during Mid-South fugitive takedown
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - At least eight people are robbed every day in Shelby County.

In the past 13 months, there have been more than 3,000 victims. With your help, WMC Action News 5 and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office are taking action.  Robbery has become a trend across Shelby County.

The WMC Action News 5 Investigators created an interactive map to show you where robberies are reported most often. This map shows the areas where it happens most often and the types of crime, including carjackings, and purse snatchings.

All day Monday, we showed the faces of the men and women wanted on robbery-related charges in Shelby County, people with active warrants who cops want to take down.

Click here to see more photos of the men and women wanted on robbery-related charges. If you know where to find these people, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH (2274).

At the beginning of the day, deputies had 271 outstanding warrants for robberies in Shelby County. Thanks to Crime Stoppers tips, deputies have arrested a total of 17 people, according to Deputy Robinson (although not every arrest involves someone accused of robbery).

The first suspect located and arrested during the takedown was LaDerrick Payne who had four warrants, including aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. Click here to watch deputies taking him into custody.

Shelby County Sheriff Sergeant Marty Almond says your tips help investigators make many arrests, including those made Monday.

"Without the public helping us it makes our jobs 10 times harder," explained Almond.

Many of the men and women arrested were wanted for active felony warrants related to robbery charges, but other people were caught in the crossfire.

Deputies came to one home looking for a robbery suspect, but the man who opened the door reportedly also had an outstanding warrant.  Officers arrested him.

Not all of the arrests went smoothly, however.

"The real danger comes when we have to make entry into the house," said Almond.

Deputies banged on the door of one home for almost an hour before knocking the door in.  When the suspect, wanted for four different warrants, jumped out a back window, deputies were there to meet him.

Some suspects are still at large.  If you have any information about the fugitives listed below, please call Crime Stoppers.

Suspect profiles

One of the people deputies are looking for is Christopher Brown, who is wanted on two counts of attempted aggravated robbery.

The police affidavit says a woman on Summer Avenue told police that a man wearing a Tennessee Titans jacket pointed a handgun at her and demanded money.

Twenty minutes later, the affidavit says another woman reported the same suspect trying to rob her. Both women got away without giving up their belongings.

Investigators say Brown is the man with the gun and they want to take him down. If you know where he is, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Another person deputies are looking for is Emmanuel Patterson. He's wanted on aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and firearm charges.

The affidavit says Patterson and another man are accused of forcing their way into an apartment and stealing $5,000 from a drawer in the bedroom. The affidavit says Patterson pointed a gun at the victim and fired a shot into the wall. According to the police report, the gun was stolen too. Patterson previously served three years in jail on a robbery charge and deputies what to take him down.

Richard Pacheco is wanted on an aggravated robbery charge.

According to the affidavit, he was part of a group of men involved in a shooting on Ridgeway Boulevard back in December. A witness told police that when she tried to call 911, Pacheco pointed a gun at her and told her to hang up or he'd shoot. Pacheco is accused of then taking the phone - and taking off. Deputies are still searching for him.

Deputies are also searching for Jamie Washington, who is wanted on a robbery charge.

The affidavit says Washington is accused of kicking and punching a woman in her home, then stealing $64 from her purse. The incident allegedly happened in December and investigators want to take him down.

If you know where Jamie Washington is, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Marquiz Showers is wanted on an aggravated robbery charge.

According to the affidavit, Showers is accused of stealing two cell phones, a wallet and $350 cash from a man who was forced to lie down in his driveway. The victim told police Showers was with another man armed with a short barrel shotgun.

Police identified the man involved in the robbery with Showers as Carl Betts.

Today's Mid-South Fugitive Takedown has resulted in Betts' arrest.

He was wanted on an aggravated robbery charge. Police say Betts is the one who told the victim to get on the ground. This all happened just a couple of weeks ago in January.

Latisha Harper is wanted on a robbery charge.

According to the affidavit, she became irate when a woman began recording her with a cell phone after a fender-bender. The alleged victim told police Harper snatched her Coach sunglasses off her face and grabbed her phone then took off!

Shelby County deputies are searching for Harper.

If you know where she is, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH (2274).

Arthur Roberson is wanted on aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges.

Roberson is accused of forcing a woman at gunpoint into her car, then demanding she drive him to his car, according to the affidavit. The police record states Roberson hit the woman in the face and stole her phone before she jumped out of the car.

If you know where he is, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Napoleon Burks is wanted on a robbery charge.

The affidavit says Burks snatched a $10 bill from a store clerk at Dollar General after trying to swindle her for more change. Police say Burks grabbed the money, assaulted the store manager, then took off dropping his cell phone. When investigators tracked him down over the phone, Burks said it was all a misunderstanding and that he was currently out of town.

Deputies are still searching for him. If you know where he is, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH (2274).

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