Police have charged two Johnson City men with two counts of aggravated robbery after two home invasions earlier this month.
Chavez Mintal Hunter, 21, 1700 Dave Buck Road No. 13, and Phillip Eugene Woolwine II, 20, 400 Hamilton Street No. 1, were charged Thursday after police linked them to two separate robberies at 909 Southwest Avenue on May 10 and 719 W. Maple Street on May 15, according to a Johnson City police press release.
According to court documents, three men entered both residences with firearms, threatened witnesses and took items from the homes.
“We had developed them through some intelligence we had gathered,” said Sgt. Kevin Peters during a news conference Friday. “We had also recovered some property that linked [Woolwine] to the scene. We were able to bring him in yesterday at which time he admitted to his participation in the robberies.”
The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house robbery on May 15 was reported after residents came home to find three males removing items from the home. One of the residents told police a man pointed a gun at him and told him not to move. While complying with the robber’s order, the witness reported to police that the men stole a 32-inch TV, laptop, $220, two snowboards and a Ruger rifle. While the men fled the scene, the snowboards were reportedly dropped on the sidewalk outside the home and it was determined the robbers made forced entry through a rear window, police said.
During the May 10 robbery, three shots were fired after three suspects entered through an unlocked door while two people were present, according to court documents. One of the victims suffered a head injury when he was hit with a gun by one of the suspects who took the victim’s wallet and other items. In an alley near the home, a cell phone and Chicago Blackhawks hat later discovered to belong to Woolwine were found outside of the home, according to the affidavit.
“The description of the perpetrators were the same on both robberies so we were able to connect it that way and like I said once some witnesses came available and gave some information we were able to connect both people to each robbery,” Peters said. “We got some lucky breaks in this one and were able to make the arrests.”
Police said the investigation is ongoing and more charges may surface.
Hunter and Woolwine were arraigned Friday and are scheduled to appear in Washington County General Session Court on Wednesday.
Each man was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bonds. Woolwine was arrested Thursday and Hunter was served warrants for the charges while being held on unrelated charges.