NASHVILLE – Just hours after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Desiree Alexus Hester was arrested in Nashville.
Hester, 19, was taken into custody around 9:00 p.m. CST at an apartment in the 600 block of South 7th Street in Nashville after Special Agents developed information as to her whereabouts. The arrest was a joint effort with the TBI and the U.S. Marshals Service. Hester was added to the Top Ten list late Tuesday afternoon. She was wanted by the Chattanooga Police Department on charges of Carjacking and Aggravated Assault. On March 30th, Hester, Tyrell Flenoy and three females were pursued by the Georgia State Police into Chattanooga. Hester and Flenoy fled the vehicle after the pursuit. Shortly afterward, Hester committed a carjacking, striking the victim with the car as she fled the scene. She was believed to be traveling with Flenoy. He was not with her at the time of her arrest.
Desiree Hester is currently being booked at the Davidson County Jail, where a hold will be placed on her until her transfer to Hamilton County. A booking photo is not yet available.
KNOXVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a former Scott County Sheriff’s Department deputy accused of misconduct.
At the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Special Agents began investigating Cody Scott Yancey on October 16, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that on several occasions between September 22nd and October 14th, Yancey made illegal entry into his department’s temporary evidence storage and removed multiple pieces of drug evidence. The investigation further revealed Yancey changed locks on the evidence storage box on two occasions and illegally entered detectives’ offices. The department subsequently terminated Yancey’s employment.
Today, the Scott County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 25-year-old Helenwood man, charging him with three counts of Burglary, one count of Theft under $500, one count of Possession of Burglary Tools, one count of Official Misconduct, one count of Tampering with Evidence, two counts of Attempted Tampering with Evidence, and two counts of Vandalism under $500. This afternoon, he was booked into the Scott County Jail on $10,000 bond.
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Desiree Alexus Hester of Nashville.
Hester is wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Chattanooga Police Department for Aggravated Assault and Carjacking. On March 30th, Hester, Tyrell Flenoy and three females were pursued by the Georgia State Police into Chattanooga. Hester and Flenoy fled the vehicle after the pursuit. Shortly afterward, Hester committed a carjacking, striking the victim with the car as she fled the scene. She is believed to be traveling with Flenoy, who has been charged by the Georgia State Police with multiple felonies, including Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Flenoy is also wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for a felony Probation Violation stemming from a previous Attempted Robbery conviction.
Desiree Hester, 19, is an African American female with black hair and brown eyes. She’s 5 feet 3 and weighs 160 pounds. Flenoy, 20, is an African American male with black hair and brown eyes. He’s 6 feet 3 and weighs 160 pounds. Hester and Flenoy are both members of the Bloods gang and should be considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to be driving a 2015 blue Kia Forte, with Tennessee license plate T99 34F.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Desiree Hester is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to her arrest.
COOKEVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a former Meigs County interim Finance Director on theft charges.
At the request of 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson, TBI Special Agents began investigating Connie Allen on November 24, 2014. TBI Agents worked in conjunction with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury after an audit of the Meigs County Finance Department uncovered an irregularity. During the course of the investigation, Agents discovered that between February 2009 and November 2013, Allen received unauthorized compensation totaling more than $24,500. During that time period, Allen was employed as a bookkeeper and then interim Finance Director for Meigs County. She left that position in November 2013.
On Monday, the Meigs County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Allen, 66, with one count of Theft over $10,000 and one count of Official Misconduct. Allen was arrested and booked at the Meigs County Jail today after turning herself in to a TBI Agent. She was released on her own recognizance.
NASHVILLE – Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments charging a Nashville man with fabricating evidence and criminal simulation.
At the request of 20th District Attorney General Glenn Funk, Special Agents began investigating Stephen Hill on December 17, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents learned that on February 14, 2014, Hill went to a Davidson County business and tried to submit his fingerprints as those of someone else, so that other individual could obtain a real estate license.
On March 9th, a Davidson County Grand Jury returned indictments against Hill, 37, charging him with one count of Fabricating Evidence, one count of Attempting to Fabricate Evidence, and one count of Criminal Simulation. Hill was arrested today by TBI Agents. He was taken to the Davidson County Jail, where he was booked on a $10,000 bond.
NASHVILLE – A fugitive placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list earlier this month, Kellum Jordan Williams, was arrested today in Virginia.
Williams was wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for First Degree Murder and Abuse of a Corpse and was placed on TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list on March 10th. Williams was charged in connection to the murder of Amy LeeAnn Murphy, whose remains were found on February 1st in a field in Robertson County. He was also wanted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for Violation of Community Corrections.
TBI Special Agents, working in conjunction with U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Forces from Middle Tennessee and Eastern Virginia, developed information that Kellum Williams was in Virginia. At approximately 1:30 p.m. CST, Williams was located and apprehended without incident by the U.S. Marshals-Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Greensville County Sheriff’s Department at an apartment complex in Emporia, Virginia.
Williams was transported to the Southside Regional Jail in Emporia, Virginia, where he is in the process of being booked. He will have a hold placed on him for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and TBI.
NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released to the public its 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report. The annual study compiles information submitted to TBI by the state’s colleges and universities through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).
Among the report’s findings:
- Overall, crime reported by Tennessee colleges and universities decreased by 6.3% from 2013 to 2014.
- Reported incidents of Burglary decreased by 34.1% from 2013 to 2014
- Reported Fraud Offenses increased 19% over 2013’s study.
- The reported incidents of Rape increased from 26 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.
- DUI offenses reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 34.9% between 2013 and 2014.
As always, the TBI strongly discourages the comparison of one institution’s statistics to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and rudimentary comparisons will most likely result in inaccurate and generalized conclusions of the relative safety of one campus over another.
The full 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report, along with similar studies dating back to 2001, is available online for review at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.