Police still seeking leads on suspects in robberies this month

Becky Campbell • Oct 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Johnson City police and East Tennessee State University public safety are still following leads about other people who may have been involved in two robberies earlier this month.

Both agencies charged two Johnson City men on Tuesday in connection to the Oct. 14 hold-ups on campus and along a city road.

Michael Alan Burrell, 18, 1142 Huffine Road, Lot 39, and Terrell Antoine Butler, 20, 1319 Bell Ridge Road, Apt. 707, are charged by the city with aggravated robbery, theft under $500 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, court documents filed Tuesday said.

ETSU public safety officers filed charges of aggravated robbery and theft over $1,000. The men were arraigned on the charges in Washington County Sessions Court on Wednesday.

The victims in both incidents told police there were multiple people in the vehicle involved in the robberies. JCPD Lt. Steve Sherfey said Wednesday that investigators are following leads to identify the others who may have been involved.

The first alleged robbery happened at ETSU in lot 11 behind Davis Apartments around 12:30 a.m. Oct 14.

Allen Scott Daniels, 21, told campus police he was standing next to his vehicle unloading belongings to take to his room when a dark red or maroon colored car drove up.

He told police he saw five people inside the car and 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 a 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.

The robbers left campus headed toward University Parkway. 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 that 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.

Investigators from both departments worked together on the case, which led them to Burrell and Butler. Court documents said Burrell gave a statement indicating he was driving the car, got out and pointed a gun at the ETSU student.

Court documents indicate Butler — who turned himself in to police — told investigators he was inside the vehicle when the robbery happened. He also told police he provided the gun used in the hold-up, and police said that weapon was later recovered at Butler’s residence.

Burrell and Butler were being held on $60,000 bond each and will have a preliminary hearing later this month.

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