CHURCH HILL — An off-duty Church Hill Police Department detective looked at the front page of the Kingsport Times-News Tuesday and immediately solved two of the Kingsport Police Department’s most wanted cases.
Detective Dustin Dean had personal knowledge of the two suspects’ whereabouts.
Willard Victor Fleming Jr., 39, of Kingsport, is an inmate at the Hawkins County Jail on drug trafficking charges from Church Hill and has been there since July.
Fleming was wanted in Kingsport on charges of kidnapping and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.
The second suspect, Ricky Williams, 46, is a maintenance worker at a large Church Hill apartment complex which also happens to be the home of two local police officers. Williams was wanted in Kingsport on an assault charge.
The Times-News ran a front page article Tuesday about the KPD’s utilization of the Internet Web site www.youtube.com to post information about criminal suspects who are at large.
Photos of Fleming and Williams were published along with 10 other suspects who are on the KPD’s most wanted list.
Church Hill police nabbed Fleming on Jan. 7, 2007, in a drug buy sting operation. Fleming was later released on bond but was arrested again on July 2, 2007, on a failure to appear warrant and has been in the Hawkins County Jail without bond ever since.
He has since been indicted in Hawkins County on charges including possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, simple possession of OxyContin, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony evading arrest, and failure to show proof of insurance.
Upon seeing Fleming’s picture in the Times-News Tuesday, Dean contacted the KPD to tell them Fleming is in jail.
As for Williams, Dean contacted a local patrolman Tuesday to go arrest Williams at his place of employment and transport him to Kingsport.
Church Hill Police Chief Mark Johnson said he believes programs like the KPD’s most wanted postings on YouTube will make it harder for fugitives to hide, or in the case of Fleming, slip through the cracks.
“The program has served its purpose with respect to these two subjects,” Johnson said. “Kingsport has helped us out a lot, and we’re glad we could help them find two of their wanted suspects.”
To view Kingsport’s most wanted visit www.youtube.com:80/user/KingsportPD.