UPDATE: Second suspect charged in apartment robbery, police still investigating homicide

By: Brian Gregory, Amber Miller Email
By: Brian Gregory, Amber Miller Email
A second person has been charged along with former University of Tennessee basketball player Ramar Smith in connection with a home invasion at a North Knoxville apartment complex.

Kaoun Kaihani, 23, is charged with one count of aggravated robbery in connection with a home invasion at Steeplechase Apartments. Former UT baskeball player Ramar Smith is also charged.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- A second person has been charged along with former University of Tennessee basketball player Ramar Smith in connection with a home invasion at a North Knoxville apartment complex.

Kaoun Kaihani, 23, was arrested after a traffic stop by a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper in Lebanon, Tennessee, on Monday.

He's been brought back to Knox County and charged with aggravated robbery.

Knoxville Police say Kaihani and Smith robbed Kinder Tuckwiller at gunpoint on Monday May 18th, 2009 at Steeplechase apartments in North Knoxville. The case report indicates they used a duffle bag belonging to Tuckwiller to rob him of $6,000, a $400 wallet and eight ounces of marijuana. They also allegedly took Tuckwiller’s .357 Smith & Wesson revolver.

Investigators haven’t confirmed if the robbery is related to a deadly shooting at The Woodlands apartments in South Knoxville on May 19th. Initial reports from the scene indicated that Charles Austin Corn, 23 was shot at least twice with a silver handgun with a black handle. That matches the description of Tuckwiller’s stolen revolver.

The police report about the shooting also named Tuckwiller as a witness to the shooting. He is the second confirmed witness. University of Tennessee football player Brent Vinson was questioned as a witness the night of the shooting.

Knoxville Police are still investigating both cases but have yet to name a suspect in the homicide.

Kaihani is being held in the Knox County Detention Facility on a $50,000.00 bond related to the Steeplechase robbery. Smith turned himself in to face the same charges last week. He has since posted bond.

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  • by me on May 26, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    Another top-notch UT athelete!!

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