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Manhunt ends with capture of suspect in Blountville break-in

Wes Bunch • Feb 8, 2014 at 1:58 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A man described by Sullivan County authorities as armed and dangerous was arrested following an hours-long manhunt late Friday night.

Larry Allen Stumbo, 24, was taken into custody around 10 p.m. in a wooded area behind the Crown Plaza Shopping Center, located on the 1900 block of Highway 394. His arrest came after he allegedly broke into a Blountville home earlier Friday evening.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed that Stumbo is a person of interest in a rape that reportedly occurred Thursday night at a residence in Blountville.

According to SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart, authorities began their search for Stumbo after receiving a report of a burglary that occurred earlier Friday at a home located on Blountville Boulevard.

Helicopters from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Virginia State Police were called in to assist SCSO and Bristol, Tenn., Police Department officers with the manhunt. Earhart said area residents were also notified of the search through the county’s reverse 911 system.

Earhart said officers spent several hours combing the area before Stumbo was spotted shortly after 10 p.m. at the Food City located on Highway 394. Stumbo allegedly ran across the roadway before being taken into custody in the wooded area behind the shopping center.

Following his arrest, he was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center for an unspecified medical issue.

Sullivan County authorities first asked for the public’s help in located Stumbo Friday morning. Stumbo was originally wanted for violation of probation on charges of burglary and vandalism over $1,000.

At the time, authorities said information they had received led them to believe he was armed and dangerous.

Stumbo was identified later Friday as a person of interest in a case involving a gun-wielding man who allegedly raped and robbed an elderly woman in her Blountville home the night before. The man then reportedly stole the woman’s vehicle, leaving her at a convenience store.

The alleged incident occurred at a residence on Clark Place, roughly a mile from where Friday’s reported burglary took place.

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