Recent Washington County Grand Jury indictments include robbery, aggravated assault, rape of a child

Becky Campbell • Updated May 14, 2018 at 5:31 PM

A woman accused of a parking lot robbery while she had her child in the car was indicted on robbery and child endangerment charges by a Washington County grand jury recently.

Jenise Shawndrikka Traywick, 22, 1064 Central Ave., Memphis, was a passenger in a vehicle with her 2-year-old son and two men — Ladarius Cortez Benson, 23, 1032 Annesdale St.; and James Bolds, 18, 1552 Hanauer St., also of Memphis — when they pulled into the back parking lot of Walmart on West Market Street on Feb. 14.

According to court documents, Bolds was driving a light blue 2001 Mercury Mountaineer when he parked and blocked in another vehicle. Police said Benson got out and approached the car where a woman was waiting and robbed her at gunpoint.

The woman told police she was robbed by a male suspect wearing an orange ski mask. The robber fled the scene with the woman’s purse in the Mountaineer. 

Later that evening, police located the vehicle as well as Benson, Bolds and Traywick in the parking lot of the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Johnson City. Police said the three were involved in the robbery, and Benson was the gunman.

The stolen items were found in Benson’s possession, the clothing matching the suspect’s description and an orange ski mask was found in the vehicle, according to police. 

Other indictments handed down by the grand jury included:

• Caleb E. Edwards, 27, 153 Lillers Chapel, Watauga, on charges of aggravated assault, domestic assault, domestic assault enhancement, false imprisonment and two counts of vandalism under $1,000. According to court records, Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance Jan. 29 at a residence on Rockingham Road.

According to court records, Edwards broke into the house Jan. 27 where his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Lambert, was housesitting, and assaulted her. Over the next three days, Edwards allegedly kept Lambert from leaving the house and broke her cell phone to keep her from calling anyone for help. He also reportedly threatened to harm her family if she called 911.

Police said Edwards broke an antique bed, damaged a Stanley Thermos and rearranged the contents of the homeowner’s kitchen cabinets.

• Michael Lynn Garner, on charges of rape of a child, soliciting exploitation of a minor and three counts of aggravated sexual battery. In the indictment, Garner was accused of raping the victim, who was under 13 years old, having sexual contact with the victim and performing a sex act in front of the victim.

Court records indicate there are two pending cases with similar charges against Garner. In 2016, he was charged with rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery, and in 2017, Garner was charged with aggravated sexual battery and exploitation of a minor by electronic means.

Garner is free on $30,000 bond while the charges are pending.

• Tylise J. Beatty, 30, 656 Baysview Road, Kingsport; Deshannon L. Bradley, 30, 384 Dunbar St., Kingsport; and James L. Bradley Jr., 21, 345 Louis St., Kingsport, on charges of possession of marijuana for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradley faces an additional charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted drug felon.

According to court documents, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Sollie Rabun III pulled over a gray Nissan Rogue around 8:30 a.m. on Interstate 81 on Sept. 8 after seeing the driver cross the white fog line. Beatty, who was driving the car, said it was a rental but “seemed nervous and overly talkative.”

After Rabun ran a check on each person’s identification, he had a K9 drug dog do a free air search around the car. The dog alerted to the trunk area, where Rabun found seven large vacuum sealed bags of a leafy green substance he believed to be marijuana. In the indictment, the amount of the drugs was listed as over a half ounce but less than 10 pounds.

In addition to the drugs, officers found a vacuum sealer and two unused partial rolls of vacuum sealing bags. Two handguns were also found in the rear cargo area and Bradley had a “large sum of U.S. currency” in his pants pocket, Rabun said in the affidavit.

Beatty, Bradley and Bradley Jr., are all free on $12,000 bond each.

These cases and others indicted by the grand jury are scheduled for court hearings May 24.



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