Convicted murderer, Knoxville gang member arrested after police chase

Knoxville Police Department arrests Couron Bennett on violation of probation

Couron Bennett (Knoxville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man convicted of murder and aggravated kidnapping was arrested on violation of probation.

Knoxville Police Department said Couron Bennett, 19, ran away after a car he was riding in was stopped on Biddle Street near Chestnut Street in Knoxville. At around 4:23 p.m. Sunday, officers said he jumped out of the rear passenger seat, running to a second vehicle near Lay Avenue.

Police said they followed the car until a marked police vehicle could make a traffic stop. When police turned on their lights, they said Bennett ran away. Officers said they chased him on foot and he was detained.

Bennett is being held without bond on previous charges of first degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping and attempted first degree murder. He was also charged with resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a drug free school zone.

In September, Bennett was one of four members of the Crips gang who were convicted of murder, according to the Knox County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, attempted voluntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm. The charges were gang enhanced, but Bennett received a suspended sentence of 10 years because he was a juvenile at the time of the murder.

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