Johnson City police were looking for a man in connection with an armed robbery early Saturday morning.
Johnson City Police Department Inv. Teresa Campbell said Dominique Fleming, 19, whose last known address was 912 East Market St., was identified as one of two people who went into 143 Garden Drive about 12:10 a.m. Saturday to confront a resident of that apartment for reasons that were not clear.
Whomever Fleming and the other person wanted to see was not at the apartment. Three people were in the apartment, though, including 26-year-old Wahkeem A. Simpson, no address provided.
At this point, Fleming pointed a gun at Simpson, who was sitting on a couch. Simpson pleaded that he was not who Fleming and the other person were looking for.
Fleming, who was also identified in the police report as “Bomo,” reportedly said something about “easy prey.” He then stole the cell phones of the three people in the apartment and Simpson’s keys, according to Campbell.
According to the report, Fleming then closed his eyes and fired the gun. The bullet narrowly missed Simpson. He had powder burns on his face and clothing, according to the report.
The bullet went through a couch, just above Simpson’s right shoulder, and traveled into the wall. The bullet was later found by police.
The incident was listed as a robbery.
Fleming was described as black and about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing around 135 pounds.
Campbell said Fleming frequents the Keystone and Carver housing communities. Campbell said he thought Fleming remained in the area.
Anyone with information about the robbery should call the JCPD at 423-434-6166 or Crimestoppers at 434-6158. To send an anonymous text message to Johnson City police, text 423JCPD and the tip to 847411 or visit www.citizenobserver.com.