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Man allegedly accosts women in Kingsport parking lot

Rain Smith, NET News Service • Dec 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

A report of a masked man "hiding in the bushes" at a Kingsport nursing home has led to an arrest, with police saying the suspect accosted a pair of women in the parking lot.

Steven A. Ruth, 44, of 3648 S. Wilcox Drive, is charged with aggravated assault and simple possession of drugs. The incident occurred at approximately 8:35 p.m. Monday at Brookhaven Manor, 2035 Stonebrook Place, where an officer found Ruth armed with a BB gun that looked like an actual revolver.

According to a KPD arrest report, an initial caller to 911 stated there was a suspicious a man outside the facility, wearing camouflage clothing and a ski mask. He was allegedly hiding in bushes along the parking area.

A pair of female employees later told police that they were walking to a friend's car when Ruth appeared "out of nowhere." According to their statements Ruth "quickly" approached them from behind while wearing a scarf over his face, placing them in fear.

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