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Update: Johnson City murder defendant's brother charged with witness coercion, robbing city tobacco outlet

July 19th, 2013 4:30 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Johnson City murder defendant's brother charged with witness coercion, robbing city tobacco outlet

Booking photo of Joshua Gergish (left) and Marcus Gergish in a court appearance.




The brother of a Johnson City man facing murder charge is now accused of threatening witnesses in the case and committing an unrelated robbery of a city tobacco outlet.


Joshua Gergish, 30, 1206 Flora Ave., Johnson City, was arraigned Friday in Washington County General Sessions Court on three counts of coercion of a witness and one count of aggravated robbery.


Johnson City police arrested Gergish early Friday after investigating a hold-up at Discount Tobacco, 2608 W. Market St. Officers responded there around 9 p.m. Thursday after a clerk at the tobacco store called and said a man pulled a knife on him and demanded money.


Gergish ran from the store with $303 in cash. An eye witness to the robbery later identified Gergish as the person who held up the store, according to police.


Gergish was later located at his residence, but he ran from police. Officers chased him down and made the arrest a short distance away.


Officers were already looking for Gergish after several alleged threats towards a witness in his brother’s murder case.


The incidents occurred at the apartment complex where Marcus Gergish, 34, also of 1206 Flora Ave., is accused of gunning down Timothy Peregoy Sr. in the parking lot after and alleged drug transaction on April 3.


The shooting happened in the parking lot of Timothy Peregoy Jr.’s apartment complex on Nathaniel Avenue.


The younger Peregoy testified at Marcus Gergish’ preliminary hearing that Gergish came to see him the night of the shooting and wanted Suboxone strips, which are used to treat addiction to opiates and often are abused like the pain medication.


After Gergish’ preliminary hearing in April, the two families exchanged words in the courthouse lobby and were separated before being escorted from the building.


Johnson City police said in a court document that Joshua Gergish had driven through the apartment complex several times and made threatening gestures to a female juvenile and on one occasion yelled, “I’m going to kill your daddy you snitches.”


The document does not identify the juvenile or her father.


On another occasion, the girl told police that Gergish followed her and a friend until they sought refuge in another apartment.


Joshua Gergish is jailed on an $80,000 bond. He has a court hearing scheduled for July 25.


Marcus Gergish remains jailed on a $100,000 bond. He has an appearance in Criminal Court Monday.


Marcus Gergish was on probation for nine counts of identity theft, forgery and failure to appear when he was charged with first-degree murder in Pergoy's death. He faces an Aug. 30 hearing on the violation of probation charge.

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