TBI top ten most wanted fugitive caught in Knoxville

By: local8now.com staff
By: local8now.com staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- One of Tennessee's top ten most wanted fugitives is in custody today after he was found in Knoxville.

Knoxville Police Department officers captured 25-year-old Keith Jamar Thomas last night.

Thomas was wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office for one count of Felony Murder, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery and one count of Attempted Aggravated Robbery.

From the TBI: On June 1, 2012, Thomas and another captured fugitive, Rico Sterling, were involved in a robbery at 335 Leaf Way in Newport, TN. A third individual, James Michael Brewer, age 27 of Cosby, TN was also present. Brewer went into the residence first and then came outside. Thomas and Sterling went inside the house where a struggle ensued with two victims. The first victim suffered a head injury and was treated and released from the hospital. The second victim died at the scene after sustaining injuries in the struggle. TBI opened an investigation at the request of the District Attorney General James Dunn. On January 9th, 2014, as a result of the TBI investigation and with assistance from the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office, indictments on Sterling and Thomas were returned.

According to reports, Knoxville Police Department officers found and arrested Thomas at his house on Tarlton Avenue after getting a tip.


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