Downtown gun scare triggers Kingsport arrest

Rain Smith • Sep 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM

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

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office

Sept. 7

As a deputy investigated a domestic assault that left a woman bleeding from the head, her boyfriend took a fighting stance and boasted, “I’m not going to jail. You’ll have to fight me or kill me.” He was abruptly “assisted” to the ground, according to an incident report, then handcuffed and arrested. Meanwhile, the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Sept. 9

Police were called to Blountville’s probation and parole office due to a man asleep in the lobby. Once he was awakened, a search of his car turned up a clear pipe and individually wrapped packages containing brown powder. The man advised the latter was “fake heroin,” not real drugs. He was then arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and counterfeit controlled substances.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Sept. 7

As a pizza delivery driver traveled in Rogersville, a pedestrian reportedly “stopped him in the road … was yelling and screaming about the speed.” After referencing an 11-month-old who was supposedly nearby, the man struck the driver in the face. A deputy checked the area and located the suspect, who initially claimed, “I don’t know what you are talking about.” He then admitted to a confrontation with the driver but denied hitting him. Ultimately, police took no action.

Kingsport Police Department

 Sept. 6

— A woman reported that as she walked on the Greenbelt, a man came up behind her and snatched a wallet she was holding under her arm. When she attempted to chase him down, according to her account, he turned around and kicked her in the ribs. A possible first name of the suspect was provided, as the victim said she had “seen the male around.”

— On Maple Street, police spotted a man in a parked Mustang who was known to have warrants. When an officer approached on foot, the suspect put the car in reverse and rapidly accelerated, crashing into a yard. He then bailed out of the car and ran, but was apprehended in a nearby alley. Cocaine and marijuana were located in the vehicle, spurring drug charges. He also picked up counts of reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Sept. 10

Beginning at about 1:40 p.m., callers to 911 reported a suspicious man carrying a pistol on Clinchfield Street, then on Revere Street, then at Glen Bruce Park. As police arrived at the library, “several individuals” pointed officers toward the suspect. He was stopped and disarmed, at which time his weapon was identified as a BB gun. His actions “served no legitimate purpose and kept others from going about their daily activities,” according to police. Thus, he was arrested for disorderly conduct.