Facebook threats spur arrest of Kingsport 'clown'

Rain Smith • May 24, 2019 at 11:38 AM

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

Kingsport Police Department

May 17

— Police were alerted to a Kingsport man’s Facebook video, in which he dons a clown mask and makes “indirect threats to kill people” with a machete. About 12 hours later, officers spotted the suspect walking along West Stone Drive, again with the mask over his head. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for a mental evaluation. However, his “extremely agitated state” and persistent threats presented a danger to the staff. He was booked into jail for disorderly conduct. In his cell, he pulled a sprinkler head from the ceiling, netting an additional charge of vandalism.

— At Walmart on Fort Henry Drive, an off-duty officer stopped a shoplifter who tried to depart in his vehicle. When a uniformed officer arrived, the suspect began yelling and cursing at police, then physically resisted being placed under arrest. He also spit on the officers and made threats against law enforcement. Meanwhile, his fiancee handed over the stolen goods: $62 in baby clothes. She was released on a citation for misdemeanor theft.

May 20

At a city mental health facility, a man walked in and asked to see a therapist. When advised it could take a couple of hours, he began to yell and curse, then exited the building and was locked out. When police arrived, they found the man with lacerations to his knuckles and blood on the doors — the result of repeatedly punching the entryway. After refusing to calm down, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Meanwhile, the man’s mother — who had dropped him off at the facility — was advised how to properly schedule appointments.

May 21

— A 19-year-old was charged for a previous incident at Pal’s on John D. Dennis Highway. While pulling through the drive-thru, her car struck the building at the window and caused more than $3,000 in damage. Though she fled the scene, restaurant staff quickly identified her to police. She is a former employee. Her charges include failure to exercise due care, failure to have insurance, and failure to report an accident.

— Shortly before 11 a.m., staff at Dobyns-Bennett High School spotted a man “acting strange” near the campus. The suspect was reportedly on a grassy embankment adjacent to the football stadium “holding his hands like a gun and making shooting sounds directed at the school.” When an officer arrived he refused to answer questions — opting instead to yell at students — then struggled with police while being restrained. A needle was later located in his underwear, and he was suspected of being on drugs. He was jailed for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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