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Update: Johnson City police arrest two in South Roan robbery

October 22nd, 2013 2:49 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Johnson City police arrest two in South Roan robbery

Michael Burrell and Terrell Butler


Two Johnson City men were arrested this week in two robberies that happened earlier this month — one on a college campus and the other along a city road.


Michael Alan Burrell, 18, 1142 Huffine Rd., Lot 39,  and Terrell Antoine Butler, 20, 1319 Bell Ridge Rd., Apt. 707, each faces charges from Johnson City police and East Tennessee State University public safety. In Johnson City, they are charged with aggravated robbery, theft under $500.00, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, city police said in a press release on Tuesday.


ETSU public safety officers filed charges of aggravated robbery and theft over $1,000.


That incident happened in a campus parking lot as a student was unloading his car.


The 21-year-old student, Allen Scott Daniels, told campus police two men robbed him as he stood next to his vehicle in lot 11 behind Davis Apartments around 12:30 a.m.


The robbers left campus headed toward University Parkway in a dark red or maroon car


In a report, campus police said Daniels parked his vehicle under a street light, took some belongings to his dormitory and returned to his vehicle. He placed his computer bag and backpack containing a game system and game cards on the vehicle’s roof.


He told police a dark red or maroon car with five people inside entered the lot and stopped next to his vehicle. Two white men got out from each side of the back seat. Both wore dark clothing and had shirts covering their heads.


One pointed a revolver at him and told him to get on his knees, while the other pointed a handgun at him. Daniels complied and one of the men took the backpack and laptop from atop the vehicle. They got back in the car, and the car left the parking lot on Southwest Avenue toward University Parkway.


The student told police he believed the other three people in the car were men, and the third occupant of the back seat had a gray cloth covering his face.


A short time later, around 2 a.m., a man walking on Plymouth Road near South Roan Street was also robbed, city police said.


In a report, Johnson City police said Kevin L. Baldwin, 32, told police he was walking across the bridge on Plymouth toward South Roan when a dark red Honda, possibly an Accord, drove by and turned onto South Roan. The car turned around, came toward him and stopped.


A white man wearing a red shirt got out the rear passenger seat. He held a black revolver with a suppressor to Baldwin’s head and searched him, taking his cell phone, headphones, Social Security card and a Walmart gift card. Another passenger seated in the back middle seat slid over and pointed a gun at him.


Burrell was arrested Monday and held on a $20,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center. He was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Washington County Sessions Court.


Butler was arrested today and is still being questioned by police. He has not yet been booked into the jail, and also has a $20,000 bond. He will be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

An earlier version of the story is posted below

Johnson City police arrested two men this week they say robbed another man walking along South Roan Street earlier this month, and the suspects could be charged in a similar incident at East Tennessee State University.

Michael Alan Burrell, 18, 1142 Huffine Rd., Lot #39,  and Terrell Antoine Butler, 20, 1319 Bell Ridge Rd., Apt. 707, are each charged with aggravated robbery, theft under $500.00, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said in a press release on Tuesday.

ETSU public safety officers were also at the Johnson City Police Department to question the men, according to JCPD Lt. Steve Sherfey.

It’s likely the men could face additional charges, he said.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Oct. 14 on Plymouth Road near South Roan Street. 

In a report, Johnson City police said Kevin L. Baldwin, 32, told police he was walking across the bridge on Plymouth toward South Roan when a dark red Honda, possibly an Accord, drove by and turned onto South Roan. The car turned around, came toward him and stopped.

A white man wearing a red shirt got out the rear passenger seat. He held a black revolver with a suppressor to Baldwin’s head and searched him, taking his cell phone, headphones, Social Security card and a Walmart gift card. Another passenger seated in the back middle seat slid over and pointed a gun at him.

The robbery happened just a couple of hours after a similar incident on the ETSU campus where a student was held up at gunpoint.

The 21-year-old student, Allen Scott Daniels, told campus police two men robbed him as he stood next to his vehicle in lot 11 behind Davis Apartments around 12:30 a.m.

The robbers left campus headed toward University Parkway in a dark red or maroon car 

In a report, campus police said Daniels parked his vehicle under a street light, took some belongings to his dormitory and returned to his vehicle. He placed his computer bag and backpack containing a game system and game cards on the vehicle’s roof.

He told police a dark red or maroon car with five people inside entered the lot and stopped next to his vehicle. Two white men got out from each side of the back seat. Both wore dark clothing and had shirts covering their heads.

One pointed a revolver at him and told him to get on his knees, while the other pointed a handgun at him. Daniels complied and one of the men took the backpack and laptop from atop the vehicle. They got back in the car, and the car left the parking lot on Southwest Avenue toward University Parkway.

The student told police he believed the other three people in the car were men, and the third occupant of the back seat had a gray cloth covering his face.

ETSU spokesman Joe Smith confirmed that no arrests related to the campus robbery have been made yet.

“We’re still working with Johnson City police,” he said.

Burrell was arrested Monday and held on a $20,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center. He was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Washington County General Sessions Court.

Butler was arrested today and is still being questioned by police. He has not yet been booked into the jail, and also has a $20,000 bond. He will be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

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