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Police nab suspect accused of leaving victim bound and unconscious

Jeff Bobo • Jan 3, 2018 at 3:27 PM

CHURCH HILL — A man accused of  stealing a small amount of prescription narcotics after beating a Church Hill man into unconsciousness last month was arrested Monday in Kingsport on kidnapping and robbery charges.

The victim told the Church Hill Police Department he had met his assailant one time through a mutual friend and knew him only as “Boomer.”

Using that nickname, CHPD Detective Ethan Mays was able to identify the suspect as Timothy Eric Hite, 37, 1138 War Valley Road south of Surgoinsville.

On Dec. 6 shortly before noon, Hite allegedly knocked on the victim’s door on Short Street in Church Hill and asked to come in to call for a ride.

When the victim’s back was turned, Hite allegedly beat the victim into unconsciousness, tied him up and ransacked the residence.

Police believe Hite was led to believe by a mutual acquaintance that the victim had a substantial amount of drugs and valuable property.

All Hite was able to find, however, was a small amount of prescription narcotics including Subutex and Klonopin.

The victim was unconscious for a lengthy period of time and struggled to get free before calling 911.

The victim reportedly picked Hite from a photo array, identifying him as the attacker.

On Tuesday night, the Kingsport Police Department received a tip that Hite was at Miller Village Apartments, where he was arrested by the KPD and turned over to the CHPD on charges of especially aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Hite was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court. His bond was set at $50,000 and a Jan. 17 preliminary hearing was scheduled.

“This case is still under investigation, and there are some other potential suspects who may have played some roles or involvement in this situation,” Mays told the Times News Wednesday.

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