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Porterfield Posse first family of Memphis crime

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis police officers are looking for the man who they allege stole and then burned one of their squad cars and also stole a shotgun on New Year's Day.

They're searching for a familiar face.

It wouldn't be the first time Memphian Isaac Porterfield has been picked up for a crime. In fact, it would only add to his family's rap sheet, that contains more than 400 arrests.

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It was the kind of reckless mayhem violently befitting a member of the "First Family of Memphis crime." Responding to an armed party call Jan. 1 morning, police spotted a stolen GMC Yukon reportedly carjacked near Tutwiller and Claybrook.

Two suspects were trying to remove the wheels. While detaining one suspect, the other fought off three officers and then stole a police car and drove away. The squad car was found on fire near the dead end of Montgomery and Snowden. But, as police would discover hours later it was all in a night's work for the 31-year-old veteran criminal Porterfield.

The "uncrowned prince" of the infamous Porterfield Posse.

Fourteen years ago the matriarch of the Porterfield clan, Elfriede "Diamond" Porterfield, spoke with FOX13 News in defense of her seven sons all with extensive criminal records.

"Because my children are bi-racial, I'm German and their father is black," Diamond Potterfield said. "If my child did something wrong arrest him. Charge him."

But, judging by a history of offenses that date back to 1947, generations of Porterfields have dove headlong into perfecting what one victim once called the "art of crime." A 2009 Commercial Appeal article on the family noted Porterfield family members had been arrested over 400 times. Their crimes have included thefts, robberies, shootings, assaults and murders.

Isaac's rap sheet goes back to his teens, when in 1999 he escaped from the penal farm and crashed a car as part of a feud with another family. At the time there were five other Porterfields in jail. The previous year in July 1998 Isaac's brother Randy was found shot to death in a car.

Brothers Steven, Raymond, Antonio, Aaron and James compose a poisonous family tree, a twisted tree which finds their older cousin 69-year Sidney Porterfield still sitting on death row convicted in a high-profile 1980's murder for hire plot in which he used a tire iron to bludgeon the husband of Bartlett housewife Gaile Owens.

FOX13 News attempted to talk with people in the South Memphis area where the newest generation of Porterfield's allegedly conduct the traffic trade. As you'd expect no one stepped with information.

"There's no such things as bad kids," Diamond Porterfield said. "They just do bad things. My kids just like anybody else. They're not perfect."

As "Diamond" observed, there are no such things as bad kids. But, as their criminal records attest the Porterfields continue to perfect the art of doing bad things.

There is an arrest warrant for Porterfield, who has been charged with Theft of Property $10,000 - $60,000, Vandalism $10,000 - $60,000, and Assault.

The FBI is also actively involved in this case.

If you can assist police in locating the unidentified man who stole a police cruiser, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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