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'Gang member' demands money at Kingsport City Hall

Rain Smith • Jun 13, 2018 at 1:44 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

June 7

A Rogersville man told police a woman had not returned his pickup after borrowing it “six or seven weeks ago.” When asked about her identity, he said he didn’t know her name.

June 8

Two men claimed that while they were traveling on Carters Valley Road another vehicle pulled in front of them and almost caused a crash. The suspect car then began swapping lanes, while occupants inside used a wooden pole to hit the complainants’ vehicle. Names of suspects were provided to police, but both alleged victims declined to pursue charges.

June 10

A man told dispatchers that his estranged wife had forced her way into his residence, but he had her held at gunpoint in a corner of the bedroom. When police arrived, the suspect was found screaming in the hallway and carrying picture frames but soon complied with commands and was taken into custody. According to the victim, the woman had pinched his arm with “an antique fry cutter,” then licked him on the face while “screaming sexual-related comments.” She was jailed for domestic assault and resisting arrest.

Kingsport Police Department

June 8

When a lawn crew visited a Carrington Court home to mow the yard, a next-door neighbor armed himself with a shotgun and threatened to kill them. Police found the suspect sitting in his garage with the firearm nearby and three shells in his pocket. He was jailed for aggravated assault.

June 9

A woman flagged down a patrol officer at the intersection of Center Street and Sevier. She claimed that while she was crossing the roadway, an unknown man threw a brick at her and fled, but a police check of the area failed to locate a suspect.

June 10

A man reported that while outside a Watterson Street apartment, an acquaintance armed with two kitchen knives tried to cut him five or six times. He armed himself with a baseball bat in self-defense, and the suspect fled when 911 was dialed. A responding officer located him nearby and arrested him for aggravated assault. No motive was provided for the incident.

June 12

At 3:30 p.m., Central Dispatch was alerted to a man “in orange pajama pants” who was creating a disturbance at City Hall. According to employees of the water department, he had approached the counter and demanded cash, saying, “I’m in a gang. … I’ve killed people.” When denied money, he departed, punching a sign on the door as he exited. Officers found him in the parking lot and took him into custody, then booked him into jail for disorderly conduct.

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