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. 

 


  


Authorities Searching For Man Who Escaped From Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute

Dustin Adams, 26,  walked away from a court ordered evaluation at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute. Officials from the Institute reported him missing at approximately  7:37 p.m .  Hamilton County Sheriff’s Corrections officers signed Adams over to the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute on Tuesday. Adams was not in the custody of the HCSO at ... (click for more)

Congress Sends President First State Department Authorization In 14 Years

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  on Saturd ay announced that for the first time  in 14 years , a State Department authorization bill will be sent to the president’s desk to be signed into law. The Senate unanimously approved   S.1635   on Saturday. It is legislation referred to the Senate earlier this week from the ... (click for more)

New School Funding Ideas

After reading the article “County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding,” I could not help but think about how helpful it would be to have the millions of taxpayer dollars given the owners of Walnut Common apartments to build some new schools.   In case you did not know, since 2008 our elected officials have given away millions in taxpayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Facebook Starlet

The Pants Store, a toney women’s boutique in Birmingham’s Mountain Book community, held its annual Holiday Open House about a week or so and, as usual, the popular store was full of customers and holiday cheer. It was a festive gathering, fun for all, but as store employees cleaned up for the next day, they happened across an empty designer-shoe box and a brassiere somebody had ... (click for more)

Cleveland Shocks Bradley To Win Cleveland Duals

CLEVELAND – There have been a lot of positive and memorable experiences for the Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team in recent years, but they’ll have a tough time topping the one they had in their own gym Saturday. Hosting the annual Cleveland Duals and certainly a team considered one of the pre-tournament favorites, the Blue Raiders beat three of the top four teams in the state, ... (click for more)

Heights Rallies For 72-67 Victory Over Athlete Institute

Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a team-high 26 points Saturday as Hamilton Heights rallied for a hard-fought 72-67 victory against Athlete Institute of Canada in the Buckeye Elite Showcase in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Hawks (7-2) built a 19-16 first-quarter lead, but fell behind 40-32 at halftime and still trailed 58-49 going into the fourth period at Portsmouth ... (click for more)