The scuffle ended when the man was tackled from behind by a second Wal-Mart employee.
According to an incident report filed by the Kingsport Police Department, about 1:30 p.m. a loss prevention officer saw a man hide a store item under his clothes. The man then passed by the checkout aisles without paying.
The loss prevention officer approached the suspect in the lobby before he exited the store, identifying himself as Wal-Mart personnel. When the man continued to walk away, the employee put his arm up to try and stop him.
According to statements from the loss prevention officer, the suspect pulled his right hand out of his pocket to reveal a knife. He then allegedly swung his right arm in what appeared to be the beginning of a stabbing motion toward the store employee.
Another loss prevention officer tackled the man from behind, knocking the knife from his hand. Kingsport police responded to place the suspect under arrest.
Joshua Aaron Young, 22, of 1535 Fort Henry Drive, was charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication, as he allegedly admitted drinking a bottle and a half of liquor before the incident.
According to the police report, Wal-Mart security charged him with shoplifting.