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CHPD seeks self-proclaimed gangster wanted for burglary

May 15th, 2014 11:12 pm by Jeff Bobo

CHPD seeks self-proclaimed gangster wanted for burglary

Billy Salisbury (Contributed photo)

CHURCH HILL — One man was arrested in connection with a burglary Wednesday in an apartment manager's office, and police were looking for a second suspect who they say is a self-proclaimed gang member and may be armed.

At about 7 a.m. on Wednesday, employees of The Landings apartment complex, 230 Silver Lake Road, Church Hill, discovered that the management offices and clubhouse had been burglarized.

A safe that had been bolted to the office floor was missing, as was a flat-screen TV, which was ripped from the wall.

During the course of the investigation, Church Hill Police Department officers Dustin Dean, Ethan Calhoun and Ethan Mays developed Justin James Clark as a suspect. Clark was located Wednesday afternoon, and the emptied safe subsequently was found in a wooded area near his home, police said.

The safe contained an undisclosed amount of cash, which had not been recovered as of Thursday evening.

Clark, 23, 215 Stroupe Court, Church Hill, was charged with the burglary and theft over $1,000.

"My officers never cease to amaze me," said CHPD Chief Mark Johnson. "They had the burglary solved less than six hours after it was reported. I am blessed to have great people working for me. They all do fantastic job."

Johnson told the Times-News that his officers were looking for two unidentified females as persons of interest in connection with The Landings burglary.

Also wanted is Clark's alleged accomplice in the burglary, Billy Ray Salisbury, 18, who has no permanent address.

Johnson said Salisbury has been arrested several times since his 18th birthday in October, including an arrest for felony theft of a truck and evading arrest in Church Hill.

"Salisbury is the same person who was driving a stolen truck and hit a Church Hill cruiser in October of last year," Johnson said. "Salisbury has also been charged with various crimes by the Hawkins and Sullivan county sheriffs' departments since he turned 18. He has made claims to certain individuals, and on social media, to being part of a gang. He may be armed with various guns and shouldn't be approached."

Johnson said Salisbury is currently on probation stemming from the October CHPD charges, which were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors.

"He's been a holy terror since he turned 18, with multiple jurisdictions arresting him multiple times," Johnson said. "We're going to ask the D.A. to keep all of these felonies and try for a high sentence on him once he's convicted."

Anyone with information on Salisbury's whereabouts is asked to call (423) 357-3487 ext. 4 or email the information to

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