Officers Honored for Arrest of Vehicle Burglary Suspect

Communications Deputy Director

Eric Vreeland
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Officers Honored for Arrest of Vehicle Burglary Suspect

Posted: 07/10/2013
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch named Captain Don Jones and Officers Travis Shuler and Robert Capouellez the April Officers of the Month. Captain Jones has been with the department since November 1986. Officer Shuler has been with KPD since December 1998 while Officer Capouellez has been a member since August 2008.

Chief Rausch said that on April 22, 2013, at approximately 4:07 a.m., Officer Capouellez responded to a suspicious person call in an apartment complex on Cresthill Drive. As Officer Capouellez was driving through the complex he located a suspect committing a vehicle burglary. As Officer Capouellez pursued the suspect on foot a second suspect fled the area in a tan Cadillac. During the chase Officer Capouellez was able to relay information on both suspects including the description of the vehicle to responding officers.

Captain Jones immediately responded to the area. Based on the description of the vehicle provided by Officer Capouellez, Captain Jones spotted the car at a business on Kingston Pike. Captain Jones followed the vehicle as it drove through the West Hills neighborhood. When the vehicle came to a dead end street, the suspect bailed from the car and fled on foot.

Chief Rausch said, "Officer Shuler used his detailed knowledge of the neighborhood and immediately responded to the area he believed the suspect would run toward. Within seconds Officer Shuler had apprehended the suspect."

The suspect, Charles Chandler, Jr. (DOB 6-6-86), was charged with Vehicle Burglary, Evading Arrest, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Driving While Privileges Suspended. Chandler had just been arrested in February for a vehicle burglary in another apartment complex.

Chief Rausch said, "Each officer played a pivotal role in apprehending this suspect who was continuing to victimize our citizens. Their team effort made the city safer by taking this repeat offender off the street and prevented the victimization of other law abiding citizens."