Police Say 20-Year-Old Involved In Carjacking At Memorial Hospital And Incident In Which Shot Was Fired At DEA Agent

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Lee Thomas Ellis
Lee Thomas Ellis

Police say a 20-year-old Tunnel Boulevard man was involved in both a carjacking at Memorial Hospital and an incident in which the car of a DEA agent was burglarized and a shot was fired at the agent.

Charges against Lee Thomas Ellis include carjacking and aggravated burglary.

In an incident on Aug. 25, a woman said her car was taken at gunpoint by a black male at a hospital parking garage.

The woman said as she was walking to he car she noticed a black male staring at her. She said she continued to watch him because she was afraid of something happening to her. She said she made it to her car and put her purse in the passenger seat. She said she then saw the person walk by so she got into her 2008 Nissan.

She said before she could start the car the man ran up to her driver window brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded that she get out. She said she complied with his demands and begged him not to shoot her. She said she told him he could have anything he wanted.

She said the man asked if the car keys were in her purse, and she replied that they were. She said when he began looking for the keys she ran into the hospital and called police.

Officers later spotted the vehicle at 7710 Lee Highway with two suspects running from the car. 

On Sept. 26 police located the carjacking victim's thumb drive while processing some stolen property. Ellis was arrested for the theft of the property.

The carjacking victim then picked Ellis out of a photo lineup. She had earlier viewed three different lineups on three different dates and did not pick anyone out.

On Aug. 29, police responded to a shots fired call. A DEA agent said he had just been shot at. He said he and his wife were in bed asleep when she heard the door knob being jiggled. The agent went outside and saw three black males in his driveway. The trio got into a red Ford Escape. As they left, one of them fired a shot at the agent.

The agent found that his car had been broken into and several bags of police gear had been taken.

The stolen Ford Escape occupied by the trio was later found wrecked at Germantown Road and Tunnel Boulevard after a police chase. Some of the DEA agent's belongings were inside.

Police said a red Toyota Camry was blocking officers during the chase. That vehicle stopped at Sequoia Drive. The black male driver, Robert Penn, was captured about a block away. 

After an interview of Penn, more of the DEA agent's belongings were found in a dumpster in East Ridge. Still more were found at a storage unit on Bonny Oaks Drive.

Police said the fingerprints of Ellis were found on the red Ford Escape and he was charged in that case.

Ellis later admitted to breaking into the agent's vehicle.

Ellis had been arrested earlier in an incident on Aug. 14 involving the burglary of a residence on W. 36th Street.  

Witnesses told of Ellis and another man carrying stolen items up some stairs at an apartment at 925 Shallowford Road. Police said two underage sisters reside at the apartment and one is the girlfriend of Ellis.  

Some stolen items found at the apartment, including a flat screen TV, came from the W. 36th Street break-in, police said.

Ellis denied involvement in that burglary. 



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