Cops: Knoxville man picks up prostitute, gets robbed, prays, refuses to press charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) Knoxville Police now say a crime reported by the media overnight as a carjacking, was not a carjacking, but rather a robbery and theft case with some very strange details.

Let's start from the top.

Knoxville Police spokesperson Darrell DeBusk says Larry Bohannon, 33, picked up a prostitute at Oldham Avenue and Elm Street just before 3:00 a.m. this morning.

DeBusk identified the prostitute as Stephanie Starcher, 30. He says Starcher and Bohannon went back to her hotel room at the Best Value Inn on Merchants Drive.

But DeBusk says there was a surprise waiting inside for Bohannon, a man named Charles Young, 36.

Police say Young robbed Bohannon at knifepoint, then he and Starcher fled the scene with Starcher's 5 week old boy.

Police found the vehicle a little after 6 a.m. this morning on Central Avenue.

DeBusk says the child was taken to Children's Hospital for a checkup, and is now in DCS custody.

But here's the catch, Bohannon told police he doesn't want to file charges.

According to police, Bohannon said, "I prayed for the suspects after they robbed me and I feel they will be better people now."

Police weren't too fazed. They charged Young with possession of a stolen vehicle, driving on a revoked license, speeding in a construction zone, and evading arrest.

He is being held in the Knox County Detention Center.

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