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Guitar assault in Waffle House leads to arrest

Rain Smith • Mar 21, 2018 at 1:44 PM

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies.

Kingsport Police Department

March 16

A Greeneville man wanted for stalking was located and jailed. According to the victim (and her neighbors), the suspect repeatedly made unwanted visits to her home, leaving cards and flowers at the door.

March 17

Following a “pub crawl” on St. Patrick’s Day, a disturbance broke out among a group of friends on Gravely Road. When a woman attempted to leave the home, the resident allegedly blocked her path and pointed a shotgun in her face, threatening he would “kill her at any time.” He was arrested for aggravated assault.

March 20

— Police were dispatched to Model City Apartments due to a man on the banned list who was trespassing. When officers knocked on a door where he allegedly would be located, a female resident denied that he was there and consented to a search. The suspect was soon found hiding in a closet, where he resisted arrest by sitting on his hands. After being pulled out and placed in a squad car, he “aggressively beat his head on the partition and windows.”

— On Gibson Mill Road, police spotted a car reported as stolen and conducted a stop. On the male driver’s lap was a bag containing a glass pipe, two scales, several baggies and 2.6 grams of meth. He was arrested on multiple charges.

— Employees of Maple Oaks Apartments called police while attempting to do “required maintenance.” The unspecified work was needed in a resident’s unit, but the woman, 57, refused to let anyone inside. An officer could hear her yelling and cursing from behind the closed door, which she continued to do after opening it. Due to ignoring warnings and refusing to calm down, she was arrest for disorderly conduct.

— Shortly before midnight, police were called to a disturbance inside Waffle House on East Stone Drive. A responding officer found a man “swinging what appeared to be a guitar at employees and a restaurant guest.” Though he had a “look of rage and anger on his face” — and was unsteady on his feet with an odor of alcohol — the suspect complied with police. Witnesses reported that the suspect had entered and started removing off wet clothes, hanging them on chairs to dry. When asked to stop, he started screaming and pushed someone, then heaved his guitar over the counter toward the manager. The employee declined to pursue assault charges, but the suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

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