Police: Elizabethton man threatened to blow up Johnson City Police Department

Becky Campbell • Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 7:09 PM

Johnson City Police Department officers were dispatched to their own building Thursday afternoon after a man walked up to the records division window and made a threat to blow “everything up,” a press release said.

Naithen L. Lovette, 28, 117 TJ Lane, Elizabethton, was taken into custody and charged with falsely reporting a bomb threat.

According to JCPD Capt. Brian Rice, a man gave the window clerk a handwritten note “which was filled with very detailed and disturbing information” just before 1 p.m. Rice said the note contained “rambling and obscene” language.

The clerk asked the man how exactly she could help and he said, “Call everybody, call my attorney, I’m blowing everything up.” 

An officer was near the lobby and secured Lovette away from the public. Rice said the Johnson City Municipal and Safety Building was not evacuated, but officers spent some time talking to the man and a K9 unit was called to the scene to inspect the man’s bags. No explosives were found, Rice said.

Lovette was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was held under $5,000 bond. He will be arraigned Friday in Washington County General Sessions Court.

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