Man wanted in Kingsport robberies fights police along I-26

Rain Smith • Feb 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

JOHNSON CITY — A man wanted for allegedly attacking and robbing a man at gunpoint during a cocaine deal in Kingsport, and knocking a woman unconscious to steal $6 and pills in a separate incident, has been apprehended after fighting with police along the interstate.

According to a press release from the Johnson City Police Department, the arrest occurred on Thursday. An officer in plainclothes observed a single-vehicle crash along I-26 and stopped to offer assistance.

Police say that when they learned the motorist, Anthony Williams, 27, of Greeneville, was wanted for aggravated robbery in Kingsport, they attempted to place him under arrest. That’s when Williams allegedly tried to flee and ignited a struggle, during which he attempted to disarm the officer.

Williams was subdued and placed in handcuffs, according to police, with a pat-down locating two loaded handguns. He also allegedly carried a “large amount of narcotics” on his person, while an additional loaded firearm was located in his vehicle.

Johnson City police have charged Williams with aggravated assault, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a handgun during the commission of a dangerous felony, resisting arrest and evading arrest.

His charges in relation to the alleged drugs are possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of hydrocodone with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was transported and booked into the Washington County Detention Center.

According to records at the Kingsport Police Department, Williams was wanted in their jurisdiction for incidents occurring on Jan. 30 and Feb. 14.

On Jan. 31, police were called to Holston Valley Medical Center to speak with the victim of an assault. She claimed that the night before she had spotted Williams, whom she used to go to high school with, in the parking lot of Food City on Clinchfield Street.

The woman told police that Williams sat in her car to talk to her, at which point she observed a black handgun in his waistband. When she asked what it was for, according to the police report, Williams told her, “Don’t worry about why I’ve got it.”

Moments later, the woman told police, she felt something “hit the right side of her head and she began to lose consciousness.” She said that when she came to more than five hours had passed, while $6 cash was missing from her purse. She also said 19 Xanax pills and six Subutex pills had been stolen.

The other incident Williams was wanted for occurred Feb. 14 at Model City Apartments on Stonegate Road. An officer on patrol at the complex was flagged down by a man who claimed to have been robbed.

The alleged victim admitted to police that he was inside an apartment to “possibly” buy cocaine, and had left $250 lying out in the open. A man whom he only knew as Anthony, but police were able to identify as Anthony Williams, entered the residence with a white female.

According to the man’s statements, Williams picked up the cash and placed it in his pocket. Williams is alleged to have then pulled a black handgun out of his waistband and handed it to the female. While she pointed the gun at the alleged victim, Williams reportedly punched and kicked him numerous times.

When the man attempted to stand up and leave, the female again pointed the gun at him, with Williams allegedly demanding that he empty his pockets and shoes. The pair then left the apartment complex in a vehicle.

In each of those incidents, Williams is charged with aggravated robbery by Kingsport police.

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