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Kingsport home invader acts on 'word from Jesus'

Rain Smith • Jul 2, 2019 at 2:59 PM

The blotter is derived from recent incident reports and central dispatch records of local police agencies.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

June 29

— Outside of Dollar General in Bulls Gap, a deputy spoke with a man who looked to be either intoxicated or “mentally disturbed.” When asked about a bulge in his pocket, the suspect began screaming and pulling away from police. A very small amount of possible marijuana residue was found in his pocket, at which time he admitted that he had “freaked out.” No drug charges were placed, but he was jailed on a charge of resisting arrest.

— A woman reported phone harassment by an ex-boyfriend, showing police where he had called her more than 700 times in one week.

— In Church Hill, police were alerted to a man honking his car horn and screaming from behind the wheel. He was spotted on California Avenue, where he nearly hit a mailbox and then stopped in the middle of the road. Upon being questioned, he admitted to drinking and claimed to be looking for someone who owed him money. After cursing and threatening officers — and repeatedly stating he shouldn’t be arrested, as he was less than 100 yards from his home — he was jailed on charges of DUI and disorderly conduct.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

June 29

— At 3:40 p.m., emergency responders were alerted to a head-on collision along Memorial Boulevard. The operator of one vehicle, an 81-year-old woman, said that as she approached the other motorist, he veered into her lane of travel and she couldn’t avoid a crash. That other driver, 35, had to be extricated from his vehicle and appeared under the influence. Both were transported to the hospital for treatment. Pending blood results, the man could be charged with DUI and aggravated assault.

Kingsport Police Department

June 27

— Police found a woman passed out in a car at Stonegate Apartments with the engine running. After multiple attempts to rouse the suspect, she awakened in a panic and immediately “attempted to conceal items.” A subsequent search of her vehicle found pot, meth, pills, 38 cut straws and 20 empty syringes. She was arrested on multiple drug charges.

June 28

— Complaints were received about a man being in the women’s bathroom at Lynn Garden’s Walmart Neighborhood Market. An officer found the suspect in the men’s bathroom, where he “rapidly exited the stall” and began cursing. A syringe was spotted on the floor and the officer placed him under arrest, igniting a brief struggle. Meth was later found in the suspect’s pants pocket.

— At 6 a.m., a 60-year-old resident of Jersey Street was awakened by someone kicking in her door. She then found an unknown woman in her home and had to forcibly push the intruder out of the house. Responding officers found the suspect, 43, still on the porch, where she threatened, “I am here to kill this bitch and get my children back.” Police then asked how she knew the resident, to which she replied, “I don’t. I have received word from Jesus.” After providing police a series of unspecified but “outlandish answers,” she was arrested for aggravated burglary, simple assault and public intoxication.

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