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Elizabethton police: Vulgar tongue gestures lead to stalking charge

Staff Report • Nov 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who allegedly made vulgar gestures with his tongue toward a woman in one retail store and then followed the woman and her husband to another store, where he allegedly continued to make vulgar gestures and put his hand on her shopping cart, was arrested by Elizabethton police on Wednesday.

Hank S. Williams, 46, 240 Opossum Hollow Road, was charged with aggravated stalking and evading arrest.

Investigating officer Sgt. Christopher Bowers said the incident occurred Nov. 11, when Williams allegedly confronted Lillian Kneece and made the vulgar gestures and made comments in a low tone.

After Kneece got away from Williams, Bowers said she and her husband went to another store, where she was again confronted by Williams. Bowers said the victim told Williams to stop following her and began to walk toward the front of the store, telling him she was going to get her husband. She said Williams ran from the store, got into a vehicle and departed.

Kneece was able to pick Williams out of a photo lineup, Bowers said. The officer said Williams had a previous stalking conviction within the past seven years.

During his arrest Wednesday, Bowers said Williams attempted to elude police by running into the nearby woods. He was then charged with evading arrest.

Williams is scheduled to answer the charge Jan. 7 in Sessions Court.

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