Alleged arson, stabbing attempt prompt arrest of Kingsport couple

Rain Smith • Sep 23, 2010 at 12:37 PM

An argument that began over the sale of DVDs, then allegedly escalated to arson and aggravated assault, has prompted the arrest of a Kingsport couple.

The female is accused of burning her boyfriend's clothes and backpack in the driveway – despite being warned by police not to do so. After she bonded out of jail and returned to the residence, the man allegedly attempted to stab her, then fled to a nearby friend's house to hide out.

According to Kingsport police records, at about 8:30 Wednesday night an officer spoke with Racheal S. Portillo, 39, of 1918 Reedy Creek Road. The report says the conversation occurred near her home in the parking lot of a business, where Portillo's boyfriend had allegedly sold some of her DVDs.

The officer's narrative relays that Portillo was very upset about her property. She allegedly stated several times that police, "will get another call when I get (home) because I'm going to kick his (expletive.)"

The report says Portillo then asked, "If I set his stuff in the yard and burned it would I go to jail?" The officer reports responding that she would, and that she needed to calm down before returning home.

According to police, Portillo allegedly drove out of the parking lot in an erratic manner, and to her nearby home. Due to her demeanor the officer reports deciding to remain at the location, "knowing that at anytime we may get a call at the residence."

Two minutes later, according to police, flames were observed in the driveway of the residence. The officer says he pulled in to find a backpack and clothes burning in the driveway. Portillo was arrested, charged with arson and transported to the city jail.

According to booking records, Portillo quickly bonded out. About three hours later police were again called to her residence.

Portillo told police that when she took her dog outside she was approached by her boyfriend, Caperi V. Williams, 37. Williams, whose address is also listed as the Reedy Creek residence, allegedly asked Portillo to let him in the home.

According to the arrest report, an argument ensued between the two. Portillo claimed Williams "stabbed" her in the stomach, then took off running with the "knife still stuck."

The responding officer reports observing a cut in her shirt, along with, "a small puncture wound," to her stomach. The wound did not require immediate medical attention, while a knife was located in the driveway.

The reports says Portillo was on the phone with her mother when the alleged assault occurred, with the mother telling police she could hear Williams threatening to kill her daughter.

Police say Williams was soon located at a friend's residence on nearby Westmoreland Drive, hiding in a closet. He was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

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