Knoxville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an East Tennessee AMBER Alert late yesterday that has resulted in the Knoxville Police Department charging at least one juvenile with filing a false report that led police to believe a 14-year-old female had been abducted from outside her home.
The 12-year-old female reported seeing Taryn Lea Rollins being forcibly taken from her front yard by a 30 to 40 year old, bald white male at approximately 8:45 EST last night and put into the back seat of a dark colored, small sedan with tinted windows that headed east on Houstonia Drive toward Ridgecrest Avenue. Last night, the 12-year-old was taken to juvenile detention for providing false information and the court is in the process of filing a petition against her. She has been released to the Department of Children’s Services. A second juvenile who also reported the information is likely to be charged by the Knoxville Police Department as well.
After the AMBER Alert was issued, the TBI received information that Rollins had runaway and was in a particular location. The Knoxville Police Department quickly located her and the alert was canceled. Law enforcement will also be seeking restitution against the juveniles for investigative expenses.
TBI has issued 73 AMBER Alerts since the program’s inception in 2002. Seventy- two of the children have been located. This is the second time in Tennessee an AMBER Alert resulted in charges against a juvenile for providing false information to police.