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Police: 1 of 2 sought for Johnson City home invasion captured

Staff Report • Mar 27, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Johnson City police on Wednesday arrested one of two men sought for alleged involvement in a West Pine Street home invasion that happened over the weekend.

Geraldo Andre Soto, 31, 1824 Mary St., was charged with aggravated robbery.

Police said Soto and another man invaded the residence in the Tree Streets section of Johnson City on Saturday with a shotgun and robbed the residents, assaulting one.

Police said the men went into 108 West Pine St. and robbed the residents at gunpoint. The second man was carrying the shotgun used to assault a victim.

The men stole a wallet with an undetermined amount of cash, two cell phones and Fentenyl pain patches. The victim was struck with the shotgun's stock, and he received a facial laceration. He was taken to Johnson City Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The alleged robbers left the residence before police arrived, police said.

Johnson City Police Investigator Frank Peters said Wednesday investigators received a tip that Soto was involved in the home invasion and arrested him at his Mary Street residence. Peters said no physical evidence from the robbery was found.

Soto was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Thursday. 

Peters said police continued to look for the second robber, who was described as a black male.

Police had asked anyone with information about the home invasion to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 434-6166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-5158.

In February 2012, Soto was arrested on charges that he struck a Johnson City police cruiser while under the influence of cocaine. Soto, of Kingsport at the time, was charged with vehicular assault on an officer, felony evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a revoked license and violation of the implied consent law.

Police responded to a report of a fight in progress at 810 Lamont St., No. 3. According to police, the apartment’s resident said two men had been fighting with each other and had left in a vehicle. Officers then heard what sounded like a crash in the alley behind the residence, at which point they saw a vehicle fleeing at high speed, damaging a fence post at a nearby house.

Police attempted to block the road as the vehicle continued traveling in their direction. As one officer approached the vehicle, Soto reportedly accelerated and intentionally drove toward the officers.

The officer managed to get into his cruiser just as Soto rammed his car into the cruiser's side before fleeing the scene, police said at the time. The vehicle was stopped a few blocks away, and Soto was arrested.

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