ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of putting a gun to the head of an acquaintance last year and holding him against his will for about 45 minutes was arraigned Thursday in Hawkins County Criminal Court on charges including especially aggravated kidnapping.
Although the incident is alleged to have occurred on Jan. 11, 2016, Carl Edward “Sonny” Johnson, 74, wasn’t indicted until this past April.
Johnson was arrested earlier this month on sealed Hawkins County grand jury indictment warrants charging him with aggravated assault and especially aggravated kidnapping, which is a Class A felony punishable by up to 25 years if convicted.
The victim told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office he was at Johnson’s residence at 309 Western Heights Road near Rogersville the evening of Jan. 11, 2016 when Johnson accused him of stealing $200 from his safe.
The victim told the HCSO that he denied taking the money, at which time Johnson allegedly pulled a small black handgun, put it to the victim’s head, and said he couldn’t leave until he handed over the stolen money.
Johnson allegedly held the man against his will at gunpoint for 40-45 minutes, at which time Johnson asked him where he hid the money and told him to go outside.
When the two men got outside, the victim said, he shoved Johnson and ran to a nearby residence, where he called 911.
When a deputy arrived, a witness reportedly stated that Johnson had left in a blue Dodge pickup.
After giving his statement to the HCSO, the victim complained of chest pains, and a deputy agreed to give him a ride to Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.
While en route to the hospital, the victim pointed out a blue Dodge pickup being driven by Johnson on Arrowhead Drive, and a traffic stop was conducted by the HCSO and Rogersville police.
Police reportedly observed Johnson hiding something behind his seat.
Upon being confronted, Johnson reportedly admitted that he had a pistol, and police recovered a small semi-automatic handgun.
Johnson allegedly told police he was “looking for a boy that had stolen $200 from him and had ran from his residence.”
Johnson was named in a sealed grand jury indictment this past April 17 and was arrested on the warrant Aug. 20.
Johnson has been free on $100,000 bond since Aug. 24, and was arraigned Thursday in Hawkins County Criminal Court. A trial date was set for Feb. 20.