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Four arrested after knifepoint robbery probe

July 1st, 2011 9:29 pm by John Thompson

Two men and two women were arrested on robbery charges Thursday by the Elizabethton Police Department following an investigation of a March 28 alleged robbery at knifepoint.
Christy Brandon, 25; Jeffrey Burchfield, 19; Samantha Burchfield, 21; and Javier Reyes, 22, all of 537 Jena Beth Drive, were each charged with aggravated robbery and theft. Jeffrey Burchfield and Reyes were also charged with aggravated assault. Brandon was also charged with criminal impersonation.
The charges stem from an incident in the parking lot at the Citgo station at 2404 W. Elk Ave. around 1 a.m. March 28. Jerry Humphrey and Cassie Osborne told investigators that a man named “Jeff” and three others had encountered them in the parking lot and that Jeff had pulled out a knife on them and the other man, later identified as Reyes, had punched Humphrey in the left side of his face.
Humphrey said the two men continued to assault him while the two women, later identified as Burchfield and Brandon, began taking items from inside Humphrey’s vehicle. Humphrey said the stolen items included a global positioning system, valued at $350; loose change, valued at $50; and five packs of Marlboro cigarettes.
During the initial investigation at the scene, police officers found a knife that had been used in the alleged robbery. Also found was a cell phone that had allegedly been dropped by Brandon.
Investigator Matt Croy said Humphrey was able to identify Jeffrey Burchfield and Reyes during a photo lineup as the men who assaulted him and Samantha Burchfield as one of the women involved. Humphrey said he also heard Jeffrey Burchfield yell “get the Tom Tom, get the Tom Tom,” as the women searched the car. He also heard Burchfield say “You are not getting the coke or the ring” before the assault.
Croy said Osborne gave the same account of the robbery and she picked Burchfield and Reyes from a photo lineup. She also identified the knife recovered from the scene.
At the end of the investigation, the arrest warrants were taken by Capt. Shannon Peters, Croy and Patrolman Trevor Salyer. The found the four in the same apartment at 537 Jena Beth Drive.
The four were arrested and transported to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department. They are scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Aug. 16.

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