Robbery suspect allegedly found with counterfeit money after fleeing police

Rain Smith • Jul 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

A Kingsport man faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing police shortly after he committed armed robbery, then being located the next day at a city business with nearly $1,200 in counterfeit bills. Kingsport police say they are still searching for a second suspect in the robbery. A gun was allegedly displayed in that Thursday night incident to steal a man's wallet and cell phone. According to affidavits filed in Kingsport court, Jordan Scott Johnson, 19, was apprehended Friday afternoon at the Dollar General on Lynn Garden Drive. Kingsport police were responding to a report of counterfeit currency when Johnson was found exiting a car in the parking lot. A juvenile driver of the car told police they had picked Johnson up as he walked down the road. The driver reportedly denied having anything illegal and consented to a search of the vehicle. Police say that under the passenger seat they located a shaving kit bag that contained 53 counterfeit $20 bills, 26 counterfeit $5 bills. More than an ounce of marijuana packaged for resale was also allegedly located in the bag, along with four pipe screens. Johnson, whose address is listed as Westside Inn on West Stone Drive, was arrested at the scene and charged with possession of marijuana for resale, five counts of criminal simulation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records state that the day prior to Johnson's arrest he was one of two men who robbed a man at Holly Hills Apartment, 3610 Watterson Street. The resident of apartment 30 says he let Johnson and another man, Matthew Leonard, 21, into his residence. They then allegedly displayed a gun and took his wallet and cell phone, fleeing in a Ford Crown Victoria. At 10:30 Thursday night, nearly three hours after the robbery, police reportedly observed the car sitting near the intersection of Robertson Street and Trent Street. Court documents say an unmarked KPD SUV approached the vehicle, which had Johnson in the driver's seat. He reportedly "pulled away at a high rate of speed" with several passengers inside, including Leonard. Police estimate Johnson's car sped down the adjacent, residential Dorothy Street at approximately 55 mph. Police reportedly followed and caught up to the vehicle as it turned onto Clinchfield Street, activating emergency lights to conduct a stop. Johnson allegedly headed east onto West Stone Drive and police activated the unmarked SUVs siren. Johnson is alleged to have then turned into a Shell Station and sped through the parking lot while "several pedestrians" were present. Police say Johnson exited the back of the Shell Station and went north on Bloomingdale Pike. He reportedly reached speeds estimated at 70 mph and passed three vehicles on the double yellow line, prompting police to abandon the pursuit. About an hour later the vehicle was found abandoned in a driveway on Ridgecrest Avenue, while Johnson was arrested the next day at the Dollar General. In the incident that he allegedly fled police Johnson is charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, felony evading arrest, driving without a license, speeding, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without insurance. In the alleged robbery Johnson is charged with aggravated robbery and theft.

Police are still searching for Leonard, last known address of 1565 Lawrence St., apartment 2. Warrants have been obtained for his arrest on charges of theft and aggravated robbery.

Anyone with information on Leonard's location is asked to contact Kingsport police at (423) 246-9111.

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