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Man facing multiple charges after standoff, bathroom fire

Jennifer Sprouse • Mar 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

A Johnson City man who is facing multiple charges after barricading himself in a Highland Avenue residence Thursday and setting fire to the bathroom will return to court Thursday at 1:30 p.m. after being arraigned in Sessions Court on Friday.

According to a Johnson City Police Department news release, Brian K. Coggins, 39, 1308 Lynwood Circle, was charged after a standoff with the JCPD and Johnson City Fire Department, where he threatened to set a house on fire at 302 W. Highland Ave.

Thursday night, JCPD Capt. Matt Howell said an officer had noticed increased traffic at the home over the past month and noticed a vehicle he did not recognize parked outside of the residence.

Howell said the vehicle belonged to the owner of the house, Bradley Barnett, and that he had come by to check on the house while his mother, who resides in the home, was out of town due to sickness.

“She’s been ill and he came by to check on the house and heard somebody inside the house, so he backed out and that’s about the same time that our officer arrived on the scene to check it,” he said. “We made entry and the subject (Coggins) that was inside the house had barricaded himself in the ... bathroom. When we attempted to make contact with him, we advised him that we would be sending a K9 unit in. He advised he would burn the K9 if it was sent in.”

Howell said officers smelled what was believed to be lighter fluid and called in the fire department. He said when both police and fire units were set up, they entered the bathroom and the fire department was able to quickly put the bathroom fire out.

Howell said Coggins was Tased when he came running out of the bathroom after starting the fire.

He said Coggins was also wearing a military-style flak jacket.

Howell said items were found in the house that could be used in the production of methamphetamine.

Howell said the Methamphetamine Task Force was called in Thursday night to clear the house and to take away the components used to make methamphetamine. Washington County/Johnson City EMS also responded to the scene.

Coggins was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated arson, resisting arrest, initiation of process intended to result in manufacture of methamphetamine and unlawful wearing of a body vest.

He was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of minor abrasions and then was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $91,000 bond.

Coggins was one of three people arrested in September after police allegedly found them in possession of a stolen weapon and 70 grams of marijuana.

Coggins; Jack H. Johnson, 25, 2700 Windwood Drive; and Piper S. Webster, 24, 608 Willowood Drive, were each charged with robbery, aggravated burglary and theft.

Police were dispatched around 2 a.m. Sept. 18 to a home robbery on Deepwood Drive and found the victim, Joshua Kyle, who said the three stormed into his home, beat him up and stole a Springfield Armory handgun before leaving. Kyle was able to give police a description of the suspects and the vehicle they were in when they left. Officers located that vehicle and the three suspects a short distance away and pulled them over.

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