'Son of God' allegedly threatens murder in Kingsport court

Rain Smith • Jun 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM

A Jonesborough man's bizarre list of Kingsport offenses — including burglarizing a home while armed and warning of the apocalypse, and assaulting a mechanic with an oil pan — has now grown following this threat allegedly levied in city court: "If I had time I'd cut you up into 40 pieces."Eric S. Clark, 55, of 2107 Fordtown Road, Jonesborough, appeared Thursday in Kingsport General Sessions Court. The court appearance was related to his June 11 arrest on charges of burglary at a Kingsport home, where he allegedly arrived armed with a gun and tried to make entry.According to records at the Kingsport Police Department, in that incident he was attempting to retrieve a juvenile family member from the residence. He allegedly stated he was brought there by his vehicle — which was "on auto pilot" — and warned of the upcoming apocalypse. Upon police arrival and his arrest, an officer located a loaded Sig-Sauer .22 in his waistband. Clark reportedly did not have a conceal carry permit.A victim in that incident was in Kingsport court for Clark's Thursday appearance. They reported Clark entered and sat in the row in front of them, took off his shoes and began "rolling his head around in circles." That's when Clark allegedly spotted the burglary victim and told them, "Thanks a lot."According to statements made to police, Clark then attempted to conceal his mouth with his hand and addressed the victim again: "If I had time I would cut you up into 40 pieces."An assistant district attorney was alerted to the incident. Officers subsequently charged Clark with retaliation for past actions, then took him downstairs to be booked into the city jail. Afterwards he was transported to the Sullivan County Justice Center in Blountville.Thursday's incident marked Clark's second arrest in four days, third in 15. On Sunday night Kingsport police served him with a warrant during a traffic stop on East Market Street, charging him with vandalism and aggravated assault. A Kingsport police report states that at that time, 333 rounds of ammunition, three loaded magazines and a handgun were located in Clark's vehicle.The warrant was related to a June 9 altercation at a city auto repair shop. Clark reportedly had his engine rebuilt at the business approximately three years ago, and now that it's experiencing problems he wanted it fixed for free.According to a KPD incident report, Clark became irate when told there was no warranty. He allegedly yelled, cursed and shoved items off of counters, then threw an oil pan at the shop's owner. The victim threw a rubber mallet to get Clark to leave, with damage from the incident tallied at $474.On Monday afternoon, Clark posted $15,000 bond at the Sullivan County jail, related to his Sunday night warrant arrest in that previous Kingsport incident.Sullivan County District Attorney Gen. Barry Staubus says that following Thursday's arrest in Kingsport court, his office filed a motion that Clark's bond be revoked or increased — and Clark must be equipped with a GPS monitoring device if released.During arraignment, a judge set Clark's bond at $50,000, adding the stipulation of GPS monitoring if it's posted. As of Friday afternoon Clark remained held in the Sullivan County Justice Center.Reports at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reveal multiple other complaints field against Clark over the past week; driving by homes and mimicking a gun with his hands, approaching a woman and boasting to be "the Apocalypse and the Son of God," leaving a stuffed chicken and cryptic "birthday" note in an acquaintance's mailbox.

Staff writer Nick Shepherd contributed to this story.

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