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Police say knife-wielding burglar fled Hawkins home at gunpoint

Jeff Bobo • Sep 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Kingsport man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home in July while holding a knife, then fleeing when her current boyfriend pulled a gun, was ordered held without bond during his arraignment Tuesday in Sessions Court.

Dustin Edward Rice, 29, 2040 Sherwood Road, was arrested Aug. 29 in Kingsport on an outstanding Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office warrant charging him with aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated assault, and felony vandalism.

According to a report filed by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jamie Smith, on July 12 Rice allegedly broke into a residence on Alexander Crossing in Church Hill and walked into the bedroom where his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend were lying in bed.

The woman reportedly told Smith that Rice was carrying a knife, and her boyfriend took a gun from the dresser and told Rice to leave.

The boyfriend reportedly told Smith he pointed the gun at Rice, but didn’t want to shoot him and told him to leave.

Rice allegedly stated he would be back, then walked out the back door.

An investigation revealed that Rice allegedly entered the residence by putting his hand through the dog door and opening the door.

The woman stated that after Rice had left, she discovered her vehicle had been vandalized. Three tires had been slashed, and both passenger’s side windows were broken.

Rice was arraigned Tuesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court and ordered held without bond pending his next court date on Nov. 11.

At the time of his arrest, Rice was free on bond from two separate arrests this past May: one for aggravated burglary, domestic assault, vandalism and theft; and one for theft over $2,500. He will appear in Sessions Court in November on those charges as well.

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