Prisoners charged in Carter jail cell fight

John Thompson • Mar 5, 2012 at 10:40 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Two prisoners of the Carter County Jail, one facing three counts of attempted murder and the other serving time for an escape last year, are facing a new charge after they allegedly assaulted a fellow prisoner on Sunday morning.

Travis Grover Richardson, 29, 1206 N. Barton St., Johnson City, and Caleb Isaac Reed, 22, 111 Buckles Road, were charged with aggravated assault after corrections officers were called to C Block on Sunday to stop a fight.

When the jailers reached the cell block, they found Neil Patrick Johns lying on the floor. The officers reported Johns had a severe laceration to his forehead and possible broken ribs. He was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital. The officers’ investigation led to charges against Richardson and Reed in the attack.

Richardson was indicted by a grand jury in January on two counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, theft over $1,000 and vandalism. The charges stem from a three-county high-speed pursuit in which Richardson allegedly rammed three police cruisers last summer during a pursuit that began in Elizabethton and went through Carter and Unicoi counties before he wrecked on South Roan Street in Johnson City.

In an unrelated incident, Richardson is charged with attempted first-degree murder after allegedly broke into the residence of an ex-girlfriend on Frontage Road in Okolona and stabbed her new boyfriend, Daniel Honeycutt, while he was sleeping in the bed.

Reed was found guilty of escape last April after he allegedly faked a seizure and lurched out of a wheelchair while he was being transported from the jail pods to the main jail for treatment. A countywide manhunt was conducted and Reed was recaptured less than 24 hours later at a bar in Roan Mountain. Reed was being held at the time on burglary charges to Weaver’s Store in Stoney Creek, in which 170 packs of cigarettes and a display case containing $600 worth of knives were stolen. He also is accused of breaking into a residence and stealing a valuable baseball card collection.

Richardson and Reed are scheduled to answer the aggravated assault charge in Sessions Court on April 9.

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