Kingsport Police Department
A man told police he was kidnapped by five “random” people on Gibson Mill Road, then assaulted and robbed. Through subsequent investigation, an officer learned the victim had actually invited one of the suspects to his home via Facebook messenger, asking if she wanted to “hang out and watch a movie.” The man then told police he was engaged to a different woman and denied having a Facebook account, even after it was shown to him. An investigation into the alleged robbery is continuing, but for lying about the “consensual encounter” with the female, the man was arrested for filing a false report.
Police were advised of a hit-and-run followed by a fight on Myrtle Street. When officers arrived, they found an area resident attempting to pull the suspect out of his vehicle. Subsequent questioning revealed the driver had sideswiped a parked truck outside a residence, then returned five minutes later to try to provide cash for repairs. When he learned police had already been called, he attempted to flee in his vehicle, backing into one woman and “dragging” another down the street. That’s when the male neighbor intervened to stop him. The lethargic suspect was arrested and charged with his second count of DUI, aggravated assault, driving on revoked and failure to maintain control.
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office
— After a Blountville residence was destroyed by fire, officials found remnants of a homemade still inside the structure. The fire department could not immediately determine the cause of the blaze, but it was categorized as arson. An investigation is continuing.
— While pumping gas at a Blountville convenience store, a deputy noticed a suspicious car that was spray-painted — including over the tag. A check of the license plate revealed the vehicle was stolen out of Kingsport, while a man who exited the store asked, “Is there a problem?” He was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Virginia, while a passenger of the vehicle was charged with possession of stolen property.
When called to a Kingsport home, deputies found a truck had plowed through a closed garage door, hitting a vehicle and pushing it into a parked motorcycle. Inside the residence — which was filled with smoke from the crash — a woman named her husband as the suspect, saying he had also assaulted her and another woman. A search of the property found the man hiding beneath an outbuilding. After “rolling around” in an attempt to resist officers, he was arrested on multiple charges, including reckless endangerment.
Officers were alerted to drug activity outside the jail extension in Blountville. A check of the suspect vehicle found a heavy odor of marijuana inside the car, along with a passenger possessing a small amount of pot. He was arrested. Meanwhile, a woman who had driven the car was located in the lobby, after she had visited an inmate. She admitted to smoking a joint, performed poorly on sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. Due to having a pair of children with her, she was additionally charged with child endangerment.