Officers Honored For Quick Arrest of Aggravated Assault Suspect

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Eric Vreeland
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Officers Honored For Quick Arrest of Aggravated Assault Suspect

Posted: 05/31/2016
Mayor, Artymovich, Young, ChiefKnoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch today named Officers Jason Artymovich and Andy Young the March Officers of the Month for the Knoxville Police Department.  Officer Artymovich has been with the department since November 2007 while Officer Young has been an officer since July 2011.

On March 28, 2016, at approximately 10:33 p.m., Officer Artymovich responded to an Aggravated Assault at 1 Market Square.  The victim stated she was walking in the Market Square Parking Garage stairwell when she felt something hit her right cheek. The victim stated she was then hit again causing a laceration near her right ear and an injury to her jaw.  The victim stated she fell down and saw the suspect walk away.  The victim described the suspect as wearing a maroon pullover with light khaki pants and a gray beanie hat.  The victim was transported by Rural Metro to UT Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

Officers Artymovich and Young, relying on knowledge and experience of their beat, knew the suspect would likely be on foot.  Determined to apprehend the suspect they planned and conducted a systematic foot patrol.  At approximately 11:35 p.m., the officers observed a male matching the suspect description near Clinch Avenue and Market Street.  They followed the suspect to catch up to him.  Once the suspect realized he was being followed he attempted to hide in some bushes near Krutch Park.  When approached by the officers, the suspect had fresh blood on the knuckles of his right hand.  The suspect was immediately placed into custody and charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication. 

Later that night Officers Artymovich and Young interviewed a subject that had a large knot over his left eye.  The subject initially refused to discuss how he was injured.  The officers were able to establish a rapport with the subject who finally stated that he was injured during an attempted aggravated robbery by the same suspect and another male. 

Chief Rausch said, “The diligence, thoroughness, and follow through of these officers removed a predator from the streets and prevented others from being victimized.”