Berrong, U.S. Marshal Service, Smoky Mountain Regional Task Force on hunt for released felon
By Iva Butler | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
According to a release, Sheriff James Lee Berrong is working with U.S. Marshal James T. Fowler to locate Hill, whose residence is reported in the release as being from Bristol, but who has previously been reported as living in Knoxville.
“Right now, our primary focus is getting Hill back into custody,” Berrong said in the release, adding that after Hill is back in custody, the Sheriff’s Office will investigate how and why he was released from custody.
An earlier release from the Blount County Sheriff's office wrongly stated that the inmate had been released Thursday.
Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Hill is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (865) 545-4182.
The Smoky Mountain Task Force includes the U.S. Marshals Service, Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), 9th District Attorney General’s Office, 14th District Drug Task Force, Cocke County Sheriff’s Office, Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Bristol Police Department and the Chattanooga Police Department.
Knoxville Police Department Public Information Officer Darrell DeBusk issued a release late Thursday night describing Hill as “armed and extremely dangerous."
Hill was convicted in federal court for his role in multiple “take-over” style robberies of CVS pharmacies in the Knoxville area, according to the KPD release, which went on to say that he was sentenced to 75 years and was being held on Blount County and state charges in the Blount County Jail.
Hill is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 125 pounds has green eyes and brown hair.