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Update: Subject of two-day manhunt turns self in

December 2nd, 2013 5:21 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Subject of two-day manhunt turns self in

Jerry Cummings


The subject of a two-day manhunt turned himself in to authorities, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said late Monday afternoon. 


Jerry Cummings, 528 Hales Chapel Road, surrendered without incident at his residence, Graybeal said. Cummings was wanted on multiple charges, including evading arrest and two separate aggravated assault charges, from two incidents Sunday.


He’s accused of forcing a woman into his car at gunpoint, then taking her to the 11-E Motel on West Market Street. The woman said he broke her phone, but she was able to call someone for help. When that person arrived, Cummings allegedly pulled out the gun and waved it around.


Cummings left the motel around 2 a.m. and about 30 minutes later was accused of another assault in Gray. Investigators said Cummings allegedly pointed the gun at a person.


Cummings had fled from deputies and a search was conducted of the Gray area around exit 13 off Interstate 26. During the manhunt, police found a .357 handgun that had been in Cummings’ possession that day, Graybeal reported.


In Washington County, Cummings is charged with aggravated domestic assault, evading arrest and driving on a suspended license. In Johnson City, he faces charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and vandalism.


Washington County Criminal Court records said Cummings was serving nine years of probation for felony convictions in 2009. He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and attempted aggravated arson.


Those charges stem from a November 2007 incident on Big Valley Drive where another man told Johnson City Police that “Crazy Jerry” had entered his home and assaulted him. The man chased Cummings off, but told police Cummings returned with an aerosol container and a lighter and attempted to set the residence on fire.


Since his guilty plea on those charges, Cummings’ probation has been violated four times, but each time he’s been placed back on probation and the nine-year term started over.  


It’s likely a fifth violation will be filed based on the new charges.


Cummings has a lengthy history of criminal activity, with arrests for DUI, driving on a suspended license, evading arrest, escape, resisting arrest and criminal impersonation as well as several traffic charges.


Cummings was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $60,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance today.

An earlier version of the story

A man who was the subject of a two-day manhunt turned himself into authorities today, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said in a news release.

Jerry Cummings, 528 Hales Chapel Road, surrendered without incident at his residence, Graybeal said. Cummings was wanted on charges of aggravated assault and evading arrest from an incident on Sunday. Cummings had fled from deputies and a search was conducted of the Gray area around exit 13 of Interstate 26.

Cummings was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $60,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Tuesday. Graybeal said more charges were pending from the Johnson City Police Department.

Cummings was wanted after an incident around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in which Cummings allegedly pointed a gun at someone. During the manhunt, police found a .357 handgun that had been in Cummings' possession that day, Graybeal reported.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for more on this developing story.

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