Hawkins man charged after alleged death threats against woman, child

Jeff Bobo • Jan 13, 2018 at 2:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who allegedly screamed death threats to his ex-girlfriend and her child from outside her home Wednesday evening was arrested for violating an order of protection.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kenny Lunsford Jr. responded to a complaint from the woman on Smyrna Road just east of Surgoinsville that Eric Paul Sykes was outside her residence and “screamed he was going to kill them (her and her child).”

The ex-girlfriend has had an order of protection for one year against Sykes, 31, 175 Cross Valley Road Lot 4, Surgoinsville.

She told Lunsford that around 6 p.m. Sykes arrived at his current girlfriend’s residence, which is next door, and upon seeing the ex on her porch, screamed the threat.

Sykes then went into the new girlfriend’s residence.

When deputies arrived, they spoke to a woman who said she was Sykes’ wife and claimed that he wasn’t there.

A short time later, however, officers found Sykes hiding in the bushes behind the residence on the other side of an electric fence.

When deputies approached, Sykes allegedly ran into the woods and refused to stop.

Sykes was slowed by a partial hit from a Taser. During a downhill foot chase through the woods, he fell down and was taken into custody following a struggle and another Taser deployment.

In addition to violating an order of protection, Sykes was charged with resisting arrest.

As of Friday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending arraignment set for Wednesday morning.

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