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Man arrested after undressing at Kingsport mall after hours

July 7th, 2009 12:00 am by Rain Smith






KINGSPORT — A man was arrested at the Kingsport Town Center early Tuesday morning after allegedly repeatedly taking his clothes off, putting them back on, and walking around in circles and refusing to leave the premises.


According to an incident report from the Kingsport Police Department, officers were dispatched shortly after midnight to the Dollar Tree in the mall. Mall General Manager Kevin Harmon said a security officer was with the suspect at an outside entrance to the store.


Police said that when they arrived Jose Juan Tavarez, 21, of 1102 W. Windsor Ave., was found “walking around in circles, jabbering and rambling in speech, and would sometimes get loud and then soft again.”


The police report states that at this point Tavarez was wearing jeans and tennis shoes, but according to mall security he had undressed at several different times — once down to his underwear.


Police said Tavarez would not give his name or calm down. He stated he had been on medication but had not any the night of the incident. EMS was called to the scene to examine Tavarez, but he refused treatment.


Tavarez continued to become more and more agitated, police said. When asked for the phone number of a relative or friend who could come pick him up, Tavarez again refused to cooperate.


Nearly an hour after arriving at the mall, police left with Tavarez placed under arrest. He was charged with disorderly conduct.


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