Asheville Police Department

  • Agency: Asheville Police Department
  • Address: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, 28802 NC
  • Chief: William Anderson (Chief of Police)

Asheville Police Department is located at 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, 28802 NC. The Chief of Police of the department is William Anderson. The Asheville Police Department phone number is 828-259-5813.

Asheville Police Department News

The Asheville Police Department is requesting assistance to locate missing person, David Bruce Raper. Raper was last seen at the Holiday Inn (42 Tunnel Road) at approximately 6:00 a.m. Raper purchased a bus ticket to Greenville, SC that departed at 9:15 a.m. He has previously made mention that he might be trying to get to Philedelphia, PA. Raper is described as a white male, 48 years of age, 5'9", 210 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes. He might be going by the name of "Dave Rapper". He suffers from several medical issues and is without medication at this time. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of David Bruce Raper they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

This morning at 8:06 am the Asheville Police Department responded to a traffic crash in the area of 210 Smoky Park Highway. The driver of a Honda Odyssey van was exiting the parking lot of Waffle House (210 Smoky Park Highway). As the driver entered the roadway a motorcycle struck the side of the van. The driver of the motorcycle, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Martynenko (20), of Asheville, succumbed to his injuries. Both the driver and passenger of the Honda Odyssey were uninjured. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. If anyone has any information on this incident they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

We are asking for additional help from the public to gather information on two unsolved hit and runs that resulted in fatalities. If you have information on either of these incidents we encourage you to contact APD at 828-252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

The Asheville Police Department has charged Donald Mack Gray, Jr., 58 years of age, of Buxton, NC for the death of Tamra Ann Gibson. Gibson was last seen in Asheville on May 22, and reported missing on May 24. On May 28 the Junction City, Kansas Police Department located a female deceased. The female was later identified as Tamra Ann Gibson. The Laramie Police Department (WY) located Gibson’s vehicle on June 1, which had been damaged as a result of suspected arson. The Asheville Police Department has charged Donald Mack Gray, Jr. with 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Kidnapping and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. Gray is currently in custody in Billings, Montana on First Degree Murder charges for an unrelated homicide. The Asheville Police Department would like to thank the following law enforcement partners for their assistance in this investigation: Junction City Police Department (KS), Laramie Police Department (WY), Billings Police Department (MT), Kansas State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Haywood County Sheriff's Office, Boone Police Department and Dare County Sheriff's Office.

The Asheville Police Department is partnering with the NC Governor's Highway Safety Program, and law enforcement agencies around the state, to participate in the Operation Firecracker: Booze It and Lose It campaign. The campaign begins today and runs through July 8. Be smart and safe over the Fourth of July holiday. If you drink, use a sober driver.

Are you and your neighbors interested in hosting a National Night Out event on August 7? If so, visit the link below for all the information you will need, as well as the application! If you plan to request a road closure for the event the application will be due on Friday, July 6. If no road closure if required, please submit your application by the end of July! Questions? rjustus@ashevillenc.gov.

The Asheville Police Department is requesting assistance to locate missing juvenile, Patrick Michael Koerschner. Koerschner was last seen on June 26 at approximately 12:00 p.m. traveling by foot in the area of Griffing Boulevard in North Asheville. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him should exercise caution and contact law enforcement immediately. Patrick Koerschner is described as a white male, 17 years of age, 5'10" tall and weighing 122 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Patrick Michael Koerschner they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the Fall semester of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This free course teaches participants about the philosophies, policies and guiding principles of law enforcement and the ethical conduct governing police services in the community. It gives participants an opportunity to appreciate and better understand the problems and challenges facing law enforcement. Participants will also be given time to offer comments, ideas and solutions. Classes begin Thursday, September 6 and are held each Thursday for a total of 12 weeks. Classes meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building in downtown Asheville (100 Court Plaza). Dinner is provided. The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations and demonstrations of topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics. Participants will also be given the opportunity to ride along with an officer. Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. You can submit an application online at https://asheville.seamlessdocs.com/f/APDCitizensPoliceAcademy. For more information on the academy please contact Officer Ryan Justus at 828-259-5834 or rjustus@ashevillenc.gov.

Today we celebrate the achievement of Forensic Services Technicians Christine Spiegel and Carissa Herrington! They are both awarded the titles of Certified Crime Scene Investigators by the International Association for Identification (IAI). This is the culmination of months of training, studying and the successful completion of a tough examination. Please join us in congratulating their successes!

Today we celebrated APD Cadet Class 0118 as they graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET). These 20 cadets began the journey to become law enforcement officers in January of 2018. After 18 weeks of classes and training, and a grueling state examination, we are proud to say that they all passed! They will be sworn-in and begin field training in August. Please join us in congratulating each of these individuals!

At approximately 5:03 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to a traffic crash in the area of 1345 Hendersonville Road. The driver of a Nissan Sentra was traveling north on Hendersonville Road when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane of travel and struck a Jeep Liberty. The Jeep Liberty was carrying a driver and a passenger. The driver of the Nissan, Nathan Smith (23), of Asheville, succumbed to his injuries on scene. The driver of the Jeep was transported to Mission Hospital with life threatening injuries. The passenger of the vehicle was transported to Mission with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. We encourage anyone with additional information on the incident to contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

APD is asking for assistance to locate missing juvenile, Lyla Conklin. Conklin was last seen on the morning of June 21 at 111 Victoria Road in Asheville. She was wearing a red hoodie with the Owen Middle School logo, black leggings and black tennis shoes. She is described as a white female, 13 years of age, 5'7" tall and weighing 180 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes. She is possibly attempting to travel to a family member's home in Hickory, NC. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Lyla Conklin they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

This morning Steve Kaser and Cliff Dodson from the Smoky Mountain Toy Run, stopped in to present APD with a plaque for over 30 years of participation in their event. We appreciate the acknowledgement and look forward to another 38 years!

In a continuing effort to increase transparency and provide the community with access to data, the Asheville Police Department has worked in partnership with several community members to release traffic stop data from 2006 to present, online through the City of Asheville's Open Data Portal (http://data.ashevillenc.gov/). Three data sets have been made available and will be updated monthly: 1) "APD Traffic Stop After October 1, 2017" - contains spatial data starting on October 1, 2017, when the Asheville Police Department began collecting stop location coordinates and block level address information. 2) "APD Traffic Stop Pre-October 2017" - all traffic stop data stored in the Asheville Police Department's Record Management System (RMS) made between 2006 and September 30, 2017. No location information is stored for these traffic stops. 3) "APD Traffic Stop Name Data Table" - this data set includes information on the ethnicity, race and sex of the driver and/or passenger involved in the traffic stop. This data set is complementary to data sets one and two. In addition, crime statistics are available on the open data portal, as well as SimpliCity and the Community Crime Map. Additional data sets are forthcoming.

Requesting help to ID a male suspect who stole a purse from the Orange Peel on May 27, 2018 at approximately 12:55 a.m. Both the purse and the contents have been recovered. Suspect is thought to frequent the downtown area. If anyone has any information on the identity of the suspect they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

UPDATE: Kamie has been safely located. The Asheville Police Department is requesting assistance to locate Kamie Calhoun Seay. Seay was last seen on June 1, 2018 in Deaverview Apartments. Seay is described as a white female, 5'5" tall and weighing approximately 170 pounds. Her hair is currently colored bright red. She is possibly in, or attempting to get to, Cherokee, NC. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Kamie Calhoun Seay they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

UPDATE (June 20, 2018): Cabella has been safely located. The Asheville Police Department is requesting assistance to locate missing juvenile, Cabella Hester. Hester was last seen on June 12th at 36 Cub Road. She was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Hester is described as a white female, 17 years of age, 5'7" tall, weighing 100 pounds with brown hair. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Cabella Hester they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at (828) 252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

This morning Chief Hooper and several APD officers participated in the Read To Succeed Asheville summer literacy program in Pisgah View. Today's theme was "under the sea"! It was a swimming success and everyone had a whale of time. We look forward to next Tuesday when we get the opportunity to do it all again!

National Night Out is rapidly approaching. This year the event will fall on Tuesday, August 7th. Does your neighborhood or community want to get involved? If so, please fill out the registration information and return it by July 6th! Don't miss out on an opportunity to spend time with your neighbors and get to know the law enforcement officers that work in your area!

Over the past 10 weeks, eight new K9 handlers (4 from APD - Officers Green, Smith, Rice & Williams) completed a 400 hour K9 training course. We are excited to say that everyone (both 2 and 4-legged participants) completed the course! Please join us in congratulating these officers and their K9s on their accomplishment. Note: some of the K9s were a tad camera shy 🚔🐕

Today three APD officers graduated from the WNC Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA). LELA is a cooperative of trainers and subject matter experts from local law enforcement agencies. These agencies partner together to create a leadership academy to further educate and train officers so that they can better serve our communities. Please join us in congratulating Sgt. Lovelace, Sgt. Brown and Senior Police Officer Metcalf in this accomplishment.

Yesterday evening officers participated in the first of a series of community engagement socials in our Asheville Housing Authority neighborhoods. The series is a partnership of AHA and LEAF Community Arts, and something that we are proud to be a part of. Officers assisted in the cooking and serving of food, and participated in a few games of basketball and cornhole! Looking forward to the next event in Deaverview Apartments on the 28th.

Today we celebrate #FlagDay. On this day in 1777 the 2nd Continental Congress passed a resolution establishing a flag to represent the USA. Join us in celebrating the red, white and blue!

Summer might not officially be here for a few days, but it sure does feel like it. Beginning today temperatures will rise to the upper 80s for the foreseeable future. Stay hydrated and check on your pets and elderly neighbors!

We are fortunate to have a Forensic Services Unit to serve the community. This unit is comprised of highly trained personnel that are experts in a myriad of techniques related to the field of forensic science. Their day-to-day duties vary greatly, from processing and photographing crime scenes to providing expert testimony in criminal proceedings. However, it is a challenge for this small unit to respond to every crime scene. In order to expand forensic services, and better serve the people of Asheville, the department formed a Patrol Forensics section. Last week 10 APD officers completed a 3-day forensic patrol course in partnership with the North Carolina Justice Academy.