Burglary suspect who claimed he had a gun arrested after three hour standoff

Jeff Bobo • Jul 24, 2018 at 11:46 AM

ROGERSVILLE — It took nearly three hours to arrest a burglary suspect who allegedly claimed he had a gun and hid in a closet after being caught red-handed by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies inside a residence near Rogersville.

HCSO responded to a burglary report in the 600 block of Choptack Road just north of Rogersville around 9 p.m. Thursday.  

Shortly before midnight Justin Daniel Ricker, 32, 226 Misty View Circle Rogersville, was confronted by deputies where he was found hiding in a bedroom closet unarmed.

When Ricker refused to show his hands he was tasered once by Lt. Greg Larkin to get him out of the closet, and a second time to get him to place his hands behind his back.

The ordeal began Thursday around 9:07 p.m. when deputies Jesse Williams and Eric Pease responded to a burglary in progress complaint at a residence.

A caller told Central Dispatch that a male known to her as Ricker had broken a window and entered the residence.

When Pease arrived on the scene he observed Ricker in the front bedroom going through items on the bedroom floor.

Pease identified himself as a sheriff's deputy, at which time Ricker reportedly walked toward Pease, cursed at him, and then ran into the living room area.

By then Deputy Billy Begley had also arrived and observed Ricker in the kitchen where Ricker allegedly stated he had a firearm.

Chief Deputy Tony Allen and Larkin then responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with Ricker via loud speaker without success.

The homeowner stated she didn't know Ricker, and hadn't given him permission to be in her house.

Around 11:50 p.m. several deputies including Williams, Larkin, Allen, and Sgt. Sam Wilhoit entered the residence and located Ricker in the back closet.

Following his arrest the homeowner reported approximately $3,700 in damage to various antiques, furniture, appliances and other property.

Ricker was charged with aggravated burglary, felony vandalism over $1,000 and resisting arrest.

At the time of his arrest Thursday night Ricker was free on $3,000 bond stemming from a July 11 arrest at the Rogersville McDonald's restaurant where had locked himself in a bathroom stall with a machete.

Ricker was recognized by RPD Officer Cambren Gibson as having an pending arrest warrant for failure to appear, but Ricker refused to come out of the stall and Gibson had to slide under the stall and taser Ricker to take him into custody.

On July 11, Ricker was charged with resisting arrest, meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Monday Ricker was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set.

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