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Kingsport burglar tackled thanks to droopy pants

Rain Smith • Apr 6, 2018 at 3:06 PM

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

Kingsport Police Department

March 28

— As a couple and their two children were asleep on a couch in the living room, a brick crashed through their front window and landed between the juveniles. No one was injured in the incident. A man previously seen screaming expletives at the home was listed as a suspect.

April 4

— The owner of a restaurant confronted an employee about missing money, at which time she left work and had not returned. He told police she had worked for him six years and that approximately $40,000 had been embezzled. An investigation is continuing.

— A burglary was reported at a church. Officers found a basement door pried open, while two guitars and other music equipment were missing. The stolen items were valued at more than $1,000.

April 5

— After a woman accepted a Facebook friend request from a man, he sent her a photo of his exposed genitals. Just an hour later, he showed up at her place of work and made her feel frightened. He soon left, and police were called. They advised her to lock up and dial 911 if he returned and noted that he would be entered in their records as a “person of interest.”

— On the porch of a home off North Eastman Road, police spotted a man crouched by a gas can and huffing fumes from the nozzle. Extremely lethargic and incapable of “caring for himself in public,” he was arrested for unlawful inhaling.

— An officer responded to Maple Oaks Apartments about a naked woman harassing people and causing a disturbance. Police found the suspect in the parking lot “exposing herself” and asking onlookers to “touch it.” She was thought to be on drugs and jailed for indecent exposure.

— Police were called to Sequoyah Drive about an unknown man acting suspiciously: crawling under fences, peeping in windows, appearing in a woman’s living room and “asking for work.” When he exited another home with electronics, a purse and CPAP machine, a male neighbor gave chase. The burglar fled onto Cherokee Drive — “with his pants falling down,” according to witnesses — and was taken to the ground by his pursuer. The 42-year-old good Samaritan wielded a folding knife during the chase, but never opened the blade, and restrained the suspect until officers arrived. The perpetrator, 27, was arrested on multiple charges and believed to be on “some type of intoxicant.”

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