Unconscious, drunken child found on Johnson City school grounds; Elizabethton man charged with giving him alcohol, using wrench in robbery

Becky Campbell • Jul 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Johnson City police arrested an Elizabethton man this week on charges of robbery and giving alcohol to a minor — an incident that put a 12-year-old boy’s blood alcohol at 0.25, more than three times the legal limit for driving a car — according to warrants filed in Washington County Sessions Court.

Rusty S. Odom, 18, 1001 Berry Road, Elizabethton, was arrested Wednesday for two separate incidents, one from last year and the other from February.

The robbery happened Sept. 29 at the Millennium Place parking garage. The victim told police that someone struck him in the face with a wrench and stole $40 from him.

The man’s van window was also broken out. According to that warrant, a witness identified the robber as Odom. A juvenile was also reportedly involved in the incident.

The second warrant was filed after a Feb. 18 incident at 1011 Southwest Avenue. Police responded to an unconscious child on the property at Southside Elementary School.

The boy’s brother had already taken the 12-year-old to a nearby residence and medical personnel were attending to him.

According to court documents, the 12-year-old had been with a 16-year-old girl and Odom as they walked around the neighborhood. The 16-year-old girl had reportedly stolen vodka from her sister’s residence in Kingsport, then mixed it with Powerade and she had it with her in Johnson City.

Odom and the 16-year-old drank some of the mixture, but the girl handed it off to the 12-year-old. She told police she didn’t see the 12-year-old drink from the container, “but that he appeared intoxicated. She stated the 12-year-old began stumbling while walking, then stated he was tired just before he lost consciousness.”

The boy was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment and a test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.25.

The female juvenile was issued a citation for possession of alcohol under age 12. Odom was nowhere around by the time police arrived, but the officer obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Odom was arraigned on the charges Thursday in Sessions Court. He’s being held on $24,000 bond and has a court hearing July 25.

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