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Dumpster diving argument leads to couple's arrest

April 10th, 2014 11:29 am by Nick Shepherd

Dumpster diving argument leads to couple's arrest

A couple going through a dumpster in Kingsport were arrested after they allegedly accused another couple of threatening them with a knife, which later turned out to be false, according to a police report.

Fred L. Patrick, 44, 1620 E St., Kingsport, and Mary C. Hicks, 42, 1620 E St., Kingsport, were both arrested and charged with false reporting.

On April 9, Patrick and Hicks were looking inside dumpsters for scrap metal behind the Salvation Army when another couple pulled up to the same location to also look for scrap metal. According to a Kingsport Police Department report, officers said the two couples have had prior encounters where "conflict always occurs."

Hicks told police that a man exited his truck and began threatening the pair because they were going through the dumpster. An argument started, and the couple accused the male of getting a knife and threatening them with it. Hicks allegedly told Patrick it was not worth getting hurt, so they left to call police.

When officers arrived, the accused couple told officers they were waiting for Patrick and Hicks to finish so they could have their turn. At this point, Hicks began to curse and shout at them, allegedly asking them what their business was at the location, the police report stated. The pair denied ever having a knife.

Officer Mike Slater then questioned Hicks again about the knife. Hicks allegedly told Officer Slater the man did not have a knife. Patrick said he did not see a knife, but the man had his hand in his pocket, which confused him, the report stated.

Both were arrested for false reporting and transported to the city jail. 

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