Johnson City police have identified a man accused of barricading himself in a Highland Avenue residence Thursday and setting fire to the bathroom, resulting in a standoff with police.
Brian K. Coggins, 39, 1308 Lynwood Circle, 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.
Coggins was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $91,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance today.
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.
Earlier report filed at 10:34 p.m. Thursday:
Johnson City police arrested a man Thursday night who reportedly barricaded himself in a bathroom at a Johnson City residence and set the bathroom on fire with lighter fluid.
According to JCPD Capt. Matt Howell, an officer had noticed increased traffic at 302 W. Highland Ave. over the past month and when he drove by the residence Thursday night, a vehicle he did not recognize was parked outside.
“It turns out that ... vehicle is the owner of the house and ... his mother lives here, but she has been out of town for about a month. 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,” Howell said. “We made entry and the subject 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 Johnson City Fire Department. Howell 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.
“He (the man) was Tased. He did come out after he started the fire and ... the fire department flooded the bathroom. He came running out of the bathroom and was Tased.”
Howell said the man was wearing a military-style flak jacket.
He said items were found in the house that could be used in the production of methamphetamine.
“We believe he may have taken up residence here without the owner’s knowledge to make methamphetamine,” Howell said. “We’re waiting on the Meth Task Force to come in, clear the house, to ... take the components that are used to make meth.”
He said the arrested man and the owner do not know each other and that the man is reportedly from Johnson City. The man’s name had not been released as of late Thursday night.
Howell said he will face numerous charges.
The man was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of minor abrasions before being transported to the Washington County Detention Center.
The investigation is ongoing.