K9 bite to buttocks brings wanted Bristol man out off crawl space

Rain Smith • Jun 29, 2011 at 10:37 AM

A K9 bite to the rear brought a wanted man out of a home's crawl space in Sullivan County Wednesday morning, following an alleged assault on a woman and child.

The incident occurred at 3174 Highway 421, Bristol, Tenn. At approximately 3 a.m. the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene by a 27-year-old woman.

The alleged victim reported Robert Nelson, 27, of the residence, had entered her room wanting a bridle for his horse. According to a police report Nelson, "got mad and kicked a board and it hit her and her daughter in the back of the head." The woman said that as she was calling 911 Nelson grabbed her by her hair and hit her in the back of the head and face.

Police report Nelson ran from the home prior to their arrival and the victim was advised on how to press charges. But a few minutes after officers cleared the scene the woman called police again, stating Nelson was hiding beneath the crawl space of the home. A check of Nelson's records revealed he was wanted on six warrants for violation of probation and failure to appear, with the original charges including assault and evading arrest.

An arrest report states that Nelson refused to respond to commands to come out from beneath the home. Considering his previous charges K9 Baro was deployed and, "apprehended Mr. Nelson on his left buttocks." Police report Nelson gave himself up "after a few seconds" and the dog was called off.

Hickory Tree EMS checked and cleared Nelson on the scene and he was released. he was then arrested on charges of violation of probation and failure to appear and transported to the Sullivan County jail on charges.

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