Man beaten unconscious at Kingsport club

Rain Smith • Jul 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM

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

Kingsport Police Department

July 5

A woman called police to the Fort Henry Mall, saying a motorist hit her vehicle with his pickup. Before fleeing the scene he told her, “That sucks,” then advised that she use a vacuum to suck out the dent. A license plate was provided and the suspect — who had since visited an attorney — later turned himself in to police. He faces charges of failure to report an accident and failure to have insurance.

July 6

At about 9 a.m., police responded to a vandalism report from Glen Bruce Park on Broad Street. They found a side wall of the gazebo knocked out and a suspect, age 25, still on the scene. He admitted causing the damage, then fought while being placed into custody. Before he was taken to the ground and subdued, he punched an officer in the side of the face and struck the officer in the head with a water bottle. He was additionally charged with assault and resisting arrest.

July 7

Shortly after 3 a.m., police were alerted to a fight outside Rain Nite Life on West Stone Drive. Upon arrival, they had to disperse “a large crowd spread over the front parking lot,” then spotted an unconscious man on the ground bleeding from his nose. A small group of people were tending to him, relaying that he had been attacked by three men. The altercation was reportedly over an “unknown” female. The victim was transported to a hospital with possible broken facial bones and head trauma. No information was immediately obtained on potential suspects, who had fled prior to police arriving on scene.

July 8

— Due to difficulties with his girlfriend, a man packed some belongings and began walking from their apartment on Bloomingdale Pike. Soon, the woman’s brother approached in a pickup, then drove through the grass and strike the man from behind. The victim was able to retreat back to his residence and the motorist fled. Security footage from a nearby business confirmed the victim’s account, and the suspect was later interviewed at his home. Though he denied being in the area of the hit-and-run, he was arrested for aggravated assault.

— Shortly after 8 a.m., central dispatch was alerted to a disturbance at McDonald’s on Fort Henry Drive. The complainant advised he had picked up a man who had been walking along the side of the road, but the rider later “jumped out of the car with his keys and ran away.” The other man told police that the driver had made sexual advances toward him. When they were denied, according to his account, the driver assaulted him. Both declined to press any charges. However, the rider was jailed on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

July 9

A man was arrested on drug charges at Walmart on Fort Henry Drive, where he was found passed out in the restroom with five pills.