Most Wanted - The Takedown

Most Wanted - 2003 Iris Harless cold case

(WTVM/WXTX) - WTVM News Leader 9 and sister station Fox 54 are featuring our area's top nine most wanted criminals.

Helen Pitre 

Our first suspect is 46-year-old Helen Pitre, who violated her probation when she didn't show up for court.

Pitre was originally charged with forgery, financial transaction card fraud, obstruction of an officer, criminal attempt arson, and interference with government property.

"She was supposed to have come in before a judge which she failed to do, which is why she has the warrants out for her now," said Deputy Jeffrey Hackey with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office. "So we need to see if we can have the public let us know if they see her so we can go pick her up and let her come in and explain to a judge where she's been and how come she hasn't come in and talked to him."

Pitre stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.  She also goes by the nicknames Yancy and Yonkers.

Her last known address was on Oates Avenue in Columbus, but police say she may be living in Alabama now.

Pitre is not considered dangerous but police caution you not to approach her if you see her.

If you know where Helen Pitre can be found you are asked to call the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office at (706) 653-4225 and remember you do not have to give your name.

2005 Jane Doe cold case 

Our second most wanted case features a cold case crime that happened back in 2005.

Police have a composite sketch of an unidentified female whose body was discovered on Dec. 22, 2005 in Columbus.

Her body was found in a small field at the end of Qunicy Drive near the Interstate 185 underpass.

According to police, the female had been dead less than two days before she was found.

"We're trying to find the identity of the girl," said Cpl. Deborah Whitley with the Columbus Police Department. "If we can find the identity of the girl maybe we would have a better chance of knowing who killed the girl or how she died."

The female victim is estimated to be between 14 to 21 years old. She stood 5" 2' tall and weighed 108 pounds.

"We have no other identity other than her size," Whitley said. "We figure she was small framed, approximately a size three. She had black socks on with blue jeans, the bustier with the fish net top and a ring on her fourth finger."

She was found wearing a Hillard and Hanson leopard print top along with a silver metal ring found on her finger.

With the help of experts at the Medical Center through a CAT scan of the corpse, they were able to create this composite of what the female victim may have looked like in life.

If you have any information that can help police solve this case you are asked to call CrimeStoppers at (706) 653-3168, and remember, some of the smallest details can be helpful.

Lawrence Miles 

The third most wanted suspect is 23-year-old Lawrence Miles who was sought by Phenix City police for fraudulent use of a credit card and auto burglary.

We were informed recently that Miles has been captured and is being held at the Muscogee County Jail for a different crime.

According to his police record, Miles was charged with shoplifting in October 2010. But his crimes didn't stop there: he has been charged with other crimes in Phenix City that range from carrying concealed weapons to robbery.

Phenix City Assistant Police Chief Robert Casteel says even though Miles has been captured, the search for wanted suspects never stops.

"We continue to look for them," Casteel said. "Our fugitive guys do [a] real good job going through the warrant list and try to find people and going back through it again."

Miles was captured in Muscogee County for a different crime but will soon be extradited to Phenix City where he will serve time for his crimes.

According to a family member of Miles, he will also serve time for crimes he committed in Lee County.

Rickey Holman 

Wanted suspect number four has managed to give police the slip for a while now but with your help, you can bring all of that to an end.

Rickey Holman, 51, is a wanted sex offender who police say failed to register – which sends up an automatic red flag – and a quick trip back to jail.

Originally charged with rape, Holman stands 6" 2' tall and weighs 275 pounds.

Even though Holman has managed to stay out of sight for a while, police are not leaving no stone unturned.

"We check with family members," Hackey explained. "Anybody that we know that are known acquaintances, see if we can get any kind of intel to find out where he is, where we can go and make contact with him."

Police urge you to call them if you do spot Holman. They do not want you to approach him at all.

Instead call the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office at (706) 653-4225, and remember, your identity will remain anonymous.

Kenya Williams 

Kenya Williams, 34, is our fifth most wanted suspect.

She's wanted for writing and forging checks at several businesses in town which is considered a  Class C felony and could land her behind bars from 1 to 5 years.

Williams stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 225 pounds.

We took a look at her rap sheet and noticed that most of her crimes involve forgery and theft.

Phenix City Assistant Police Chief Robert Casteel says Williams is from the Fort Mitchell area but may be hiding out in Columbus. He adds there are officers on both sides of the river searching for her and won't stop until she's caught.

"We have an office who's attached to the U.S. Marshal's service and sometimes we give warrants to him and he goes over there and execute them but generally we just contact our fugitive guys who contact their fugitive guys and they'll go pick them up for us if they can locate them," Casteel said.

If they cannot locate them, like in this case, they reach out to you for help. So look closely at the accompanying photo of Kenya Williams.

Police do not consider her dangerous but they urge you to not approach her. Instead, give them a call at (334) 298-0611.

2010 Diane Norman cold case 

Our sixth most wanted case is a homicide case from July 31, 2010, when the body of Diane Norman was discovered lying on the ground with a gunshot wound.

That case has gone cold but with your help, police can finally bring her killer to justice.

Ethel Valentine is the manager of Vista Estates Apartments on Buena Vista Road. Valentine says she rented apartment 8F to 49-year-old Diane Norman just three months before she was murdered in July 2010.

"I was in shock...I couldn't believe it… not Mrs. Diane," Valentine said in an interview in 2010. "I couldn't understand why someone would want to hurt her."

Norman was found dead at the corner of 25th Avenue, and four years later police are still searching for her killer.

"By this time we have no known suspects and we are still canvassing the area and thanks to 'Most Wanted,' hopefully somebody will come forward and help with this murder that is approximately four years old," said Sgt. Donald Bush with the Columbus Police Department.

Bush said there is no motive as to why Norman was gunned down, but says any information you can offer police maybe what they need to solve this crime.

"The smallest information that maybe unimportant to that person is like a puzzle," Bush added. "If we are able to get that one piece it might be what we need to solve that crime."

If you know anything about the murder of 49-year-old Diane Norman, you are asked to call Columbus police at (706) 653-3188.

Remember, CrimeStoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that will lead to an arrest.

2003 Iris Harless cold case 

Our seventh most wanted story is a cold case that happened in 2003 when a 64-year old woman was brutally raped and stabbed to death inside her Columbus home.

It's a crime that has gone cold, but with your help police can finally bring closure to this case and for the victim's family.

She was a mother, grandmother and friend to those who knew her. Iris Harless, 64, was killed inside her Northgate Drive home March 28, 2003.

It's a crime Columbus Police call a home invasion that quickly turned into murder. During this brutal crime, police say a witness appeared.

"The person who saw the person who broke into the house actually wrestled with this person," Whitley said. "He was actually a witness who fought and struggled with this suspect in 2003 and gave a composite drawing because there was no surveillance or pictures to go by."

There is a composite sketch of the suspect the witness was able to describe for police. He's described as a white male 5" 8' to six feet tall and weighing around 190 pounds.

At the time of the murder he was thought to be in his mid-20s to early 30s and wearing prescription glasses.

Help police bring this murder suspect to justice.

"We like to solve the crimes that puts the families at rest with the murder," Whitley added. "This has been going on since 2003 and we've not found the suspect that was guilty of the crime and we're just asking the public to come forth."

If you know anything about this crime or the suspect at large call the Cold Case Unit of the Columbus Police Department at (706)-653-3400.

A cash reward will be offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Antonio Moore 

Our number eight suspect is 38-year old Antonio Deandre Moore from Phenix City, who is wanted for attempting to elude police and possession of a firearm.

Moore has a very long rap sheet and has been in and out of jail for much of his adult life for dozens and dozens of crimes and misdemeanors.

Now he seems to have vanished into thin air, and Phenix City police are reaching out to you.

Moore stands 6-feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has a tattoo on his upper right arm and is sporting a goatee which he may have shaved off to change his look.

Phenix City Assistant Police Chief Robert Casteel explains why it's so important for you to call police if you spot a wanted suspect.

"The people who have been victimized by these guys tomorrow and that might be you," Casteel said. "They're out breaking into houses and committing crimes. It might be your neighbor today and tomorrow it might be your house that gets broken into. So it's very important that they help."

Antonio Moore's last known address was on 17th avenue in Phenix City. After several attempts to catch him at that location police have failed, and that's where you come into play.

If you know where 38-year-old Antonio Moore is hiding out give Phenix City Police a call at (334)-298-0611.

CrimeStoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that will lead to Moore's arrest, and remember, you do not have to give your name.

M&N Package Store robbery suspects 

Columbus police are on the lookout for two armed suspects who robbed a liquor store on Cusseta Road on Sept. 10.

So look closely at the wanted suspects and help police make an arrest.

Police tell us this dangerous man walked into the M-&-N Package store on Cusseta Road armed with a gun demanding money out of the cash register.

"He demanded give me all the money, at that time the owner opened the cash register and stepped away back from the cash register," said Officer Paul Moody with the Columbus Police Department. "The armed suspect jumped up on the cash register and squatted down and at that time he switched the gun from his right hand to his left hand continued pointing the pistol at the owner with his left hand and with his right hand he pulled out the money."

Police say once he had the money, he went to the door where another man, also with a gun, left the scene on foot. The man at the door was wearing a green camo shirt and orange camo pants.

The man who went inside the store demanding money was wearing a black t-shirt with a blue bandana on his face.

He had tattoos on his left hand his arm his left forearm and he had tattoos on his right forearm. He was also wearing bright colored shoes with pink shoelaces.

If you recognize the two men in these surveillance photos call police.

"Do not approach either of these individuals, just find a safe place to call 911 and give us the description," Moody said.

If you recognize either of these suspects you are asked to call Columbus CrimeStoppers at (706)-653-3188. Remember, there is a reward offered for information that will lead to an arrest.


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