A get together of "friends" has led to a Kingsport man allegedly being abandoned at the grocery store "as a joke" — then hit in the head with a bat while attempting to retrieve his backpack from the home of the hostess.
According to a Sullivan County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Jessica Jochem, 19, of 2769 Carrollwood Heights, Kingsport, was arrested at her home Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault.
The victim, 21, told police he had recently been talking with Jochem, "a friend that he had not seen in a while." He said he agreed to meet at her home Monday night and hang out with her other acquaintances.
During the get together the individuals went to the grocery store to buy some pasta, according to the report. The alleged victim claims Jochem and the other sent to get him something, then left him at the store. He began walking back towards her residence, then called another individual to come pick him up.
The driver then took the alleged victim back to Jochem's home, so he could retrieve a backpack he'd left behind. The man reports knocking on the door several times, with Jochem refusing to answer. When he threatened to call the Sheriff's Office to retrieve his backpack, Jochem allegedly opened the door and told him to get off her property.
"Jochem then produced a red club from behind the door and hit him in the face with it," reads the officer's narrative.
According to the report, the officer observed swelling to the man's nose and blood on his face and hands. The person that had given the victim a ride corroborated his version of events to police; including that he was not confronting Jochem in a threatening manner.
The deputy then visited Jochem's residence. She allegedly claimed that her and the other individuals left the man at the grocery store, "as a joke," and that he'd, "taken it the wrong way." She admitted to hitting him in the face with a small baseball bat, but claimed to have been provoked when he attempted to "attack" her.
Police say Jochem had not marks that would indicate she had been assaulted. When other individuals at the residence were questioned about events, they allegedly, "seemed disinterested as to what had happened as if they were not sure."
Jochem was then arrested and charged with aggravated assault and transported to the county jail.
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