Threats bring bomb squad to Kingsport gas station

Rain Smith • Jul 24, 2019 at 2:09 PM

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

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

July 18

A Rogersville man wired $14,000 to purchase a 1964 Ford Mustang from an alleged car lot in Seattle. A month later, the vehicle had yet to be delivered, while a phone number for the seller had been disconnected.

July 20

— A Surgoinsville woman reported that while accessing her right of way, she had to move a neighbor’s calf from near the gate. That’s when she was “attacked by a momma cow” and had to be transported to the hospital by EMS. The extent and nature of the woman’s injuries were not specified.

— As a deputy worked a crash scene on Highway 70 North, he was nearly struck by a passing motorist. When contact was made with the driver, he said he was trying to look at the wreck and had not noticed the officer. Police spotted a meth pipe on the floorboard and asked him to pull over out of traffic. Instead, he proceeded about 200 feet before coming to a stop. The pipe was then found lying in the grass, spurring his arrest for tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

July 21

Dispatch was alerted to a bicycle rider in Surgoinsville “screaming and cursing at motorists and chasing them into their driveway.” When a deputy arrived, the suspect was reportedly irrational, talking about government conspiracies and his conversation “with President Donald Trump.” Police offered to help him get medical or mental assistance, but he refused to listen and tried to run away. After a short foot pursuit, he was apprehended and jailed for disorderly conduct.

Kingsport Police Department

July 21

— A man called police to a motel to report his Toyota Camry as stolen. He could provide only a potential first name for the female suspect, saying that when he awoke, she, his keys and car were missing.

— A homeless man reported being robbed along the Greenbelt. A male subject he knows allegedly approached and talked about losing his phone at Westside Inn, then snatched the victim’s cell phone from his hand. When the complainant ran away — fearful that his Suboxone would be taken — he was shot “in the upper right shoulder with a flare gun.” Police observed bruising and a laceration but were unable to locate the suspect.

— At about 10 p.m., police were called to the Sunoco in Lynn Garden after a female made several threats: “There was going to be violence. … Someone is going to die tonight.” She then asked another customer to dial 911 so she could try to disarm responding officers. When they arrived, she was brought into custody without incident, but she claimed, “I have a bomb in my bag.” The store was then closed so the KPD Bomb Squad could respond and inspect her property. No explosives were found, and the gas station reopened an hour later. Meanwhile the woman, 19, was arrested for disorderly conduct and false reporting. No motive is noted in records — but a witness said the suspect had previously asked for a knife to commit suicide.