Clarksville Crime Stoppers Offer Up To $ 5,000 For Tips In Cold Cases

CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – On November 15, the Clarksville Montgomery County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors unanimously voted to increase the amount of the cash reward for all unsolved homicides in the County of Clarksville Montgomery from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000 as of December 1, 2021.

“If you have information you can provide it and that can resolve the case, wouldn’t that be great. Wouldn’t you want someone to do this if it was a member of your family who was murdered? You would, I would, ”said Deanna McLaughlin, president of Clarksville Crime Stoppers.

The cash reward applies to unsolved criminal homicide cases in Clarksville-Montgomery County that are more than three years old.

The concept of Crime Stoppers is based on the premise that someone, other than the criminal, has
information that can solve or prevent a crime. Crime Stoppers seeks help from concerned local citizens and then pays for that help.

Everyone in the Clarksville-Montgomery County community is encouraged to get involved in the fight against crime by providing leads (advice) and confidential information to help law enforcement bring criminals to justice.

“We hope this will encourage people who have this missing information from law enforcement to make a good case prosecutable,” McLaughlin said.

One of the cases eligible for the increased reward is the Darius Walton homicide case. Walton was standing outside a Clarksville apartment when he was shot 10 times in 2016. In a May interview with News 2, Walton’s mother explained that she still hoped the killer of her son would be brought to justice.

“It’s really tough, I know some people probably think it’s going to last five years. It doesn’t get any easier, nor does it for me, ”said Lillian Santiago.

Crime Stoppers offers anonymity because some citizens are reluctant to get involved for certain reasons.
Some of these reasons include:

● Fear of reprisals
● Do not want to be named

“One of the best feelings is to call a mom or dad at the office and they’re waiting for answers and you can tell them that their family’s case has been resolved,” Detective Keenan Carlton said, from the Clarksville Police Department. . “1,000 to 5,000 is a big increase, so people who have that little bit of information, that’s the incentive they need. “

Police receive Crime Stoppers report outlining information provided by anonymous
prognosticator. The police then investigate the information provided. Tip information may
be part of a police investigation already in progress or create a new investigation. A Crime Stoppers tip is
not considered proof in itself.

“It’s about the family getting justice and the investigator getting closure. I couldn’t imagine if I had started a business and couldn’t finish it before I retired. So the investigators are talking to the family members and they want to solve it just as much as the families do, ”McLaughlin said.

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Tips can be submitted by calling the Clarksville Police Department directly at (931) 648-0656 ext. 5046. You can also submit tips anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (931) 645-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest can also lead to a cash reward.

Below are the current cases eligible for the cash reward of up to $ 5,000:

  • Gary Wagoner – August 17, 1991
  • Jerry Cope – January 14, 1992
  • Howard Batie – January 11, 1995
  • Aaron Walker – September 26, 1995
  • Azuria Johnson – January 6, 1996
  • Felicia Carson – January 11, 1996
  • Diana Nix – May 3, 1996
  • Terry Hoskins – September 28, 1996
  • Jacqueline Sims – March 18, 1998
  • Scott Lee Dupree – December 31, 20001
  • Victoria Ochoa – August 15, 2005
  • Edwin Mathurin – September 2, 2006
  • Dennis Freeman – November 11, 2007
  • George Dyess – January 8, 2009
  • James Stacker – April 25, 2012
  • Vincent Pardue – March 23, 2015
  • James Brown – January 4, 2016
  • Darius Walton – June 12, 2016
  • Dorris Clinard – November 28, 2016
  • Steven Everett Davies – March 1, 2017
  • Rayquan Hudson – November 20, 2017
  • Tavon Wilson – January 8, 2018

Mark M. Gagnon