Mall deviant proves adept at avoiding security cameras

Rain Smith • Jan 4, 2019 at 2:15 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 27

A woman called police after her husband used a cinder block to break down a door, then “destroyed” the living room. Another woman on the scene — who was identified as the man’s girlfriend — confirmed the account, spurring the suspect’s arrest. He claimed both females were “just mad because he has a new girlfriend, and she is better than them.”

Dec. 28

A disabled Church Hill couple called police on their son, age 29, after he threatened them and grabbed his mother by the head. He was reportedly angry that they wouldn’t let his girlfriend stay at the home. When he was arrested for assault, police found three Lortabs in his possession. He admitted that they were prescribed to his father and that he had taken them.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 31

A Kingsport woman told police that family members pulled into her driveway and asked for a cigarette. When she reached into her purse to retrieve one, a passenger grabbed the strap and the driver accelerated. The victim — eight months pregnant — was dragged a few feet and suffered abrasions but declined transport to the hospital. The suspects were not immediately located.

Jan. 3

A 37-year-old man was arrested after breaking a toilet and threatening to slit the throats of family members. Over the past seven months, deputies have responded to the home 14 times due to similar complaints against him.

Kingsport Police Department

Dec. 28

— Shortly after 7 p.m., an officer spotted a Toyota Corolla “spinning in circles” in the parking lot of the Fort Henry Mall. The driver was found to be driving on a revoked license, netting his arrest. He was additionally charged with reckless driving.

— A 19-year-old reported an indecent exposure at Belk in the mall. While the teen was in the bathroom, a man in the next stall peeped at him through the cracks, while also moving his feet in a “twitching motion.” Due to the movement of shadows — and sounds — the victim believed the man was masturbating. A police review of store video was unable to identify the suspect, as he apparently “knew where some cameras were and covered his face.” A similar incident occurred in September at Belk, when a man allegedly photographed a shopper using the restroom. Police couldn’t find evidence on that suspect’s phone, but he was banned from the mall nevertheless.

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